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Welcome to day 6 of the Beach Bash with a great beach lantern tutorial! Our bash goes from June 27 to July 20. Missed some of the posts? Click here to read all the Beach Bash posts!
Wendy from Craft Goodies is here today to show you how to make your own lantern! Break out your picture frames and appear to be amazed!
OH! How I love the beach!
And Oh! How excited am I to be participating in Angie’s super fab BEACH BASH! Hi-it’s Wendy from Craft Goodies here.
- 4 8×10 picture frames with glass (These came from my local dollar store)
- square dowel pack
- 1×2 firring strip (6 ft board is plenty long!)
- 1×3 firring strip
- 1×12 pine board cut to square (wood is funky! actual size is 11.5×11.5)
- (2) 3/8 inch square poplar dowels
- 6 inch metal roof shingle
- metal shelf support ring (this came in a set)
- 2 hinges (these come in a pack of 4)
- wood glue
- finishing nails
- Miter saw or miter box
- hand saw
How to Make a Beach Lantern:
Make the base:
Cut the 1×2 to make a frame around the 12×12 inch board. The ends are mitered at 45 degrees and each piece is 11 1/2 inches long on the short side. Glue the pieces into place with the wood glue and then secure with a few finishing nails.
Connect the frames:
Remove the glass from the frames and set aside. Cut the 3/8 inch dowels into four pieces that match the length of the picture frames- Glue a dowel onto each side of two frames, then glue the third frame in between them to for a “U” shape.
Once they are dry, attach the fourth frame using the hinges-you’ll add a handle later. Center the frames onto the base. Glue the three “U” frames into place leaving the door free to open and close.
Make the lid:
Make two more “frames”, one from the 1×3 with each piece (short side) measuring 6 3/4 inches long. And one from the 1×2 with the pieces measuring 6 1/2 inches long. Set the two frames aside.
I wanted that chippy, peeling, I’ve been at the beach for a long time look. So I started with a base coat of dark brown and topped that off with white. Then I sanded the crud out of it! You could add a layer of stain, I liked it so I just added a coat of varnish. Set aside to dry. You can see more about making a chippy paint finish here.
Assemble the metal lid:
Center the shelving support onto the shingle, mark the holes with a marker. If you want to add a hanging loop, drill two holes into the shelving support bracket. Otherwise, drill out the holes marked on the shingle, line the bracket back up and add nuts and bolts to hold in place. Spray paint both sides dark brown. Pretend the pictures all match up-I went about it the hard way and painted after I assembled the entire lid piece…
Center the shingle onto the inside of the smallest frame and nail into place. Repeat on the opposite side to form the metal dome. Glue the small frame onto the larger frame and add a few nails. Then glue that onto the picture frame square being sure to NOT glue the door. I added a few nails here for strength.
Cut 4 of the dowels to fit the inside of the frame’s length, should be 10.5 inches. Cut the remaining dowels into eight 3 7/8 inch pieces for the cross-sections.
Paint the dowels to match the lantern. While they dry replace the glass into the frames.
Glue the dowels onto the glass to create the panes-one long and 2 small pieces per frame.
Finish it up:
Add a wire hanger if you drilled holes for it and glue a small seashell or wood bead to the door for a handle. Tuck in a few pillar candles, sand, and some great shells inside, set back and enjoy the view! AH! I can almost smell the ocean air now…So much fun! Thank you for letting me share my little piece of beach heaven with you all.
Thanks so much Wendy!! I love this project!!! And I am NOT just saying that cause you used my maps!
The Beach Bash has been full of great ideas and runs til July 20 — follow along with The Country Chic Cottage and don’t miss a day!!