Brighten up your front porch and your backyard with these easy DIY Outdoor Lanterns using scrap wood.  An inexpensive way to decorate your outdoor space that anyone can make.

Easy Outdoor Decor: How to Make Lanterns from Scrap Wood

First of all, you know I love a great DIY project but I especially love when I can use leftover supplies from other projects to make new projects.  And, guess what?  That’s exactly what I did with this fabulous project.

These wood lanterns are not only inexpensive and easy to make, but they make great gifts and are great projects to sell if you are looking to earn a little extra cash.

I first made these amazing wood lanterns with 2×4’s I had left over from wooden pallets.  I loved them so much that I decided that I had to make ones with new wood scraps that I had from other building projects.

Aren’t they both gorgeous?  I can’t decide which one I like better.

I am sure these will end up working their way into my inside decor as well.  I’m ready to put them all over the house.

Easy Outdoor Decor: How to Make Lanterns from Scrap Wood

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Supplies needed to make Outdoor Decor Lantern:

Cut List for Outdoor Decor Lantern:

  • Eight 1″ x 2″ boards cut 5″
  • Four 2″ x 2″ boards cut 1″
  • Four 1″ x 2″ boards cut 3″
  • Two 1″ x 8″ boards cut 8″
  • Four 2″ x 2″ boards cut 12″

Lantern Instructions:

Easy Outdoor Decor: How to Make Lanterns from Scrap Wood

Step 1)  Using a drop of  wood glue and an air nailer, attach the four 12″ pieces to the corners.

Easy Outdoor Decor: How to Make Lanterns from Scrap Wood

Step 2)  Before flipping the board over, use a bead of wood glue and air nailer, attach the four 1″ pieces to the bottom side for the feet.

Easy Outdoor Decor: How to Make Lanterns from Scrap Wood

Step 3)  Begin adding the 5″ side pieces to the top and bottom of the lantern between the 12″ posts.

Easy Outdoor Decor: How to Make Lanterns from Scrap Wood

Make sure to put glue between two pieces of wood.  Attach with the air nailer or 2″ wood screws.

Easy Outdoor Decor: How to Make Lanterns from Scrap Wood

Step 4)  Attach the top 1″ x 8″ x 8″ board to the top and attach with a bead of wood glue and the air nailer.

Step 5)  Using wood glue and the air nailer, attach the four 3″ pieces to the top.

Easy Outdoor Decor: How to Make Lanterns from Scrap Wood

I hope these wood lanterns inspire you to let your imagination run wild. Let your scrap wood pile speak to you and have fun making your own DIY Outdoor Lanterns.  You will love them and your patio will too!

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