I am obsessed with the European Farmhouse Decor look. It’s the new theme I’m working on for my home nowadays!
I wanted an accent piece that really would make a statement. Something big and bulky. Easy on the eyes and looks expensive.
Looks is the keyword. I don’t like to spend lots of money, especially if I know I can make it!
So with my scrap wood that I’ve collected from Home Depot, FOR FREE, I made this stand out lantern! I actually didn’t even spend a dime making this. Leftover supplies from other projects helped me make this beauty!
I might even make an even bigger replica..That’s how much I absolutely love this lantern. (It needs some friends!)
Okay! So let’s make this bad boy!
Wood ( 5 different sizes)
Measure and mark your wood making 2 large squares, 2 medium squares, 1 small square, and 1 extra small square. ( I just used the width of each piece of wood as the measurement for the squares). Then 8 times, mark every 12 inches on your long trim piece of wood. ( The legs that connect the top and bottom)
Now cut along the lines. ( If you don’t have the tools, Home Depot or Lowes will do it for you)
For the 12 in pieces, obviously, I suck at cutting… lol So afterward I clamped them together and attempted to make the cut as straight as I could, making them straight and even. ( If you go get these cut, hopefully, the person cutting your wood knows how to properly cut and you don’t have this issue. I would definitely check before you leave).
( I ended up using slightly thicker pieces of wood, the thicker the sturdier.)
Sand all the pieces smooth. ( You can sand the corners round if you’d like)
Wipes all the wood so no dust is on them and stain them, following the directions on your stain.
Once the stain is completely dry, apply polyurethane and let it dry. ( I applied 3 coats).
Measure, to center, the medium piece with the large. Now center the extra small piece and small on top of the medium and large pieces.
Using your brad gun, shoot the medium piece and large pieces together. Then repeat with the small and extra small piece.
Line up your 12 in pieces how you want them. ( This is how I did it) And using the brad gun, secure them in place, shooting into the medium piece and also into each other. ( Make sure to angle the gun correctly or you will have some serious damage control to do.. speaking from experience..)
Secure the top of the 12in pieces together with the brad gun.
Center the top piece of the lantern on top of the 12in peices. ( Try to make it as even with the bottom as you can). With the brad gun, secure the top into the 12in pieces.
Hammer any brad nails that did not go all the way through ( They should have unless you’re like me, and did not put enough pressure on the gun). You can also hammer into the lantern wherever to give it a more vintage/damaged look. Place a candle in the center, and Vola!
You can get pieces of wood that look more similar but personally, I like this look!
Check out another DIY Farmhouse Decor piece:
I would LOVE to see your lanterns!! Comment with them!!