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DIY Lantern from Dollar Store Supplies

Make this cute lantern in minutes with inexpensive supplies then dress it up with Testors craft paint in gold!
1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Angie Holden

What You Will Need

  • Testors Craft Paint I am using gold
  • Wrapped canvases make sure these are the type with a wood frame inside
  • Mini tumbling towers game
  • Plastic cutting mat
  • Faux leaves
  • Candle
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Craft knife
  • Paintbrush
  • Quick-drying adhesive good for wood


  • You will need to remove the canvas from four of the wrapped canvases. Just use a screwdriver and pliers to remove each staple.
    using the wood frame inside of a stretched canvas
  • Once all of the staples are out, remove the wood frame from inside the canvas. Again, you will need four of these.
    removing canvas to reveal wood frame
  • To make your lantern base, cut a piece of the cutting board a little smaller than the size of your frames.
    cutting board plastic piece
  • Then use glue to cover that cutting board piece in blocks from the tumbling towers game. I made a pattern with mine as I am going to use a light coat of paint so that some of the color shows through. Allow the glue to dry completely.
    using a mini tumbling towers game for crafts
  • Gather all of your raw wood pieces and get ready to paint them at this point. I find it is easier to paint now then to wait until it is assembled.
    raw wood dollar store lantern pieces
  • Add one coat of paint over all surfaces. Be sure to get the backs of your frames as well. Allow everything to dry. NOTE: If you don't like a rustic look, be sure to fill the holes before painting and give your project 2 - 3 coats of paint.
    adding testors gold paint to wood
  • Once everything is dry, you are ready to assemble your lantern with more glue.
    lantern pieces ready for assembly
  • Add each of your pieces with glue along the bottom as well as up the sides. Allow to dry completely then add anything you want to the inside for display.
    assembling a lantern from frames