Monday, November 12, 2012

Building a Lantern

I really like lanterns, big and small alike, so I got thinking and built one myself.
I used 2 tomatoes' poles that have been hanging out in our veggie garden for about five years. 
(and I just picked what I think will be our last tomatoes of the season...tonight the temperature should drop to 29 degrees)

I measured and cut the wood and started building.

 Turned out that I only had a few inches left over...like 2 inches. Good thing I didn't mess up any cuts!
I nailed the wood to the bottom and top wood scraps, 
then added the horizontal wood pieces and glued it with super glue.
 Painted the squares,
added chicken wire 

and
here you have it.

Now I want to make more!
...and I probably will :)
This is obviously NOT a lantern to be used with real candles...but with little children I don't light candles that much,if any.

Few months back, I just happened to find two real wax candles 
that are battery operated...they even flicker and have a 4 hour timer...$2 per candle, manager special at Kroger!
Can you believe it? 
I didn't even now they sold candles at Kroger.
l-o-v-e those

The wood for the lantern were pieces of scraps and the chicken wire was from a big roll I bought when I made this...

So, I made my lantern for less than $1 (the cost of 1ft of chicken wire)

Stay Frugal,

32 comments:

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Evening Daniela, My word you are so talented, your ideas just keep on flowing. This is a wonderful idea and you created it so cheaply. I love the idea of the battery operated candles, especially as you have young children, the effect is lovely. Best Wishes Daphne

Leslie Harris said...

this is so cool. I can see this outside surrounded by christmas greenery and white lights too.
Thanks for sharing.
Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

Connie@shabbyforsure said...

Hi, This is for sure a very creative project. Great job...Connie

Revi said...

Great project! The candle looks real - perfect for small children. I love how you made it with things you have on hand, too. And did you get to choose your affiliate ads? Lanterns! Perfect.
-Revi

Cristina Garay said...

I love your "new" lantern! The feel of the old wood paired up with chicken wire, gorgeous!

craftythriftydecoratingwifemom said...

Gotta love those flameless candles! So safe and they give good light. Looks nice in your lantern, too.
Janet

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Great deal on the candles, Daniela. I like the rustic lantern too. It will be fun to decorate for different seasons.

Laurie said...

you are so clever and I love this, its beauty is in its simplicity!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

You are good!! It looks great! Think of all the fun your going to have decorating them for the holidays!

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

Not only are you frugal but you are also SO creative. This is rustically beautiful.

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

So cute! I also never light candles, but I always forget to turn off my flameless ones, the 4 hour timer is brilliant, wish we had a Kroger here, I should ask Trader Joes to sell them, then I could buy some:)

Jessica

Kelly said...

Very cute and most of all creative! They would look great in a grouping too. They would have big impact. Great farmhouse look too.

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Love, love, love it!
Nice work!

Crystal @ 29 Rue House said...

I love this candle lantern! Very nice!

NanaDiana said...

Really cute, Dani. You are very creative and made good use of those materials- xo Diana

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Daniela, What a great idea! You are quite accomplished with the tools! I think this is a great project. Although I am asking my husband to make a couple for me. Thanks for the great tutorial!
It looks great with the chicken wire!
Please join us for TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my weekly linky party. Your project would be perfect to share! Linky goes live tonight (Wednesday) at 8:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

Kerry said...

You've been cutting wood again! The large lantern looks nice and can be decorated in other ways too. Good idea!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Nice job on the lantern.

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a neat lantern you created, Daniela--I love the chicken wire! So nice to hear from you at my blog today--glad you liked the homemade potato chips--I could eat a zillion of them:)

Kelly said...

Really cute. I always look at the lanterns at stores like Pier 1 and I love them but can't justify that much money to just hold a candle. Your's are fantastic! Going to have to keep this is mind when spring comes and we can sit outside again.

suzyq said...

You a.m.a.z.e. me Daniela - that is so seriously beautiful - looks like something out of Restoration Hardware!!! Just loving it
XOX

The 2 Seasons said...

Wow this is impressive. Really this is great idea and great pictures to show us the process.

chateau chic said...

Daniela, Your lantern is such a great idea. I love the chicken wire on the sides.
Mary Alice

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I love a woman who can use a miter box!! I'm a new follower.

myshabbychichome said...

Love this idea and I love the chicken wire on the sides

Donna Gelineau said...

Love these!

Jennifer said...

So cool and very creative too. Love the lantern! You did a great job!

Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

twelveOeight said...

This DIY lantern is AMAZING! I have never seen so many cool things made out of wood. You are so talented :)

xoxo, Tanya

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

Great job, your lantern is so cool - way to think out of the box. These would be cute in a grouping with a few different sizes or hanging.

Tania @ Out Back said...

Love this Daniela!

xx

Peggy Hale said...

You are so creative! I love this and now I have to make myself one. lol. I'm really in to anything with chicken wire these days. Don't know why. Thanks for linking up at Transformed Tuesday. I'm featuring you on FB. Hugs Peggy

The Other Me Is Sane said...

Loving your lanterns. I can see painting them like zinc and aging down the chicken wire before putting it in. You'd have a Restoration Hardware look-a-like for cheap.

Just found your blog and love it.