If you read my post last week, you know that I promised you a tutorial on how I made this rustic outdoor lantern. The best part…it costs pennies and can be done in about an hour!
- [1 bundle] redwood garden stakes [1" x 2" x 12"] $6.25
- redwood board [2" x 2" x 8'] $2.77
- thick gauge wire $3.48
- miter saw
- wood glue
- finishing nails
- hammer or nail gun [if you're a bad ass]
To start, you want to create the base of the lantern. I grabbed 5 redwood stakes and cut off the pointy end to a length of 8.5″
Slap some glue along the long edge and snuggle them together.
Now attach each of these to the base using a little blob of glue and finishing nails. By this time I removed the clamps [apx 25 minutes had passed] and had no problem with the base coming apart.
- 4 @ 5.5″
- 4 @ 5″
Starting at the base, place 2 of each size in between the redwood board. I simply used wood glue to hold these in place.
Now use the remaining 4 pieces at the top, but this time flip them the other way and nail into place. Be sure they are level with the tops of your side boards.
Grab 4 more of those redwood stakes and cut down to these dimensions:
6.25″, 2 @ 5.5, 6″
Create a “box” [I like the staggered seam look] and nail together.
You’re going to laugh when I tell you what I used. Do you remember my Lego storage project? Remember I removed the wire handles from the paint cans and replaced them with jute string? Don’t ask me why I kept them, but I’m so glad I did. These are paint can handles!! Am I weird, or what??
I think all my blabbing was worth it, ‘cuz this is what I have to show for it!