DIY Crafts,  Dollar Tree crafts,  farmhouse/primitive

Farmhouse Wood Lantern

Today I am excited to share with you how to make this simple and budget friendly DIY farmhouse wood lantern. You can. create this farmhouse style lantern using  few MDF shiplap frames from the Dollar Tree. This wood lantern makes beautiful home decor but I also think it would make some amazing budget friendly wedding decor, too! Let me walk you through how to make this easy farmhouse style wood lantern craft. 

Supplies Needed: 

  • 4 MDF shiplap pieces from Dollar Tree 
  • 1 scrap piece of wood for the top ( cut this to any size you would like) 
  •  Wood knob for the top
  • half wood beads ( I am not sure of the size I used in this particular project) 
  • Hot glue 
  • Finishing nails and hammer or pin nailer 
  • Antique wax 
  • white paint 
  • Greenery 
  • Candle 

Step 1: Paint the all 4 Dollar Tree shiplap boards in the color of your choice. I choose the color Vintage White from Folk Art. You can find this paint at Hobby Lobby. 



Step 2: Once the paint is dry, you can add a shiplap look to the back side of the Dollar Tree boards. To do this just turn your sanding block on its side and apply extra force where you want the lines. I did my best to make mine even with the lines on the other side of the board. You can find a better idea of how I did this by watching the YouTube tutorial below. 


Step 3: Glue the 4 Dollar Tree shiplap boards together to create a box. This will be the frame for your wood lantern. Once they are secure with glue it will then be easier to go back thought and add finishing nails or pin nails for extra support. 



Step 4: Next, take some half wood beads and glue them to front of the wood lantern. This will give your wood lantern that farmhouse look. Paint the beads the same color as your lantern. 


Step 6: Take a scrap piece of wood or what ever you choose to use for the top, and paint it the same color as the wood lantern and glue it to the top. If you do not have a scrap piece of wood a chew can, metal tin from dollar tree, mint can or even a sink stopper would work just to name a few. You can see from my pictures that I was originally going to use a chew can but decided I liked the scrap wood better for the top of my DIY wood lantern.


Step 7: Take a large half wood bead ( I found mine at hobby lobby) or a wood knob and stain/paint to your liking ( I used Varathane water based stain in the color Early American). Glue the bead to the top center of the wood board you glued on in 


Step 8: Dry brush the same Early American water based stain over the entire project to give your wood lantern a more rustic/ farmhouse look.


Step 9: Decorate your farmhouse wood lantern with greenery and a battery operated candle. 




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If you decide to make this Dollar Tree farmhouse style makeover, I would love to hear from you! You can drop a comment below or message me on any of my social media pages. Hope you have a blessed weekend and as always remember to keep it simple. Catch ya next week my friends!  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, youtube   




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