This week I joined in with a group of very talented bloggers to bring you some Christmas table setting ideas. I kept things pretty simple here and am happy to bring you plans for a lantern centerpiece!
If you missed it, last year I put together a vintage sled centerpiece. We have a smaller, square dining table this time around. So I downsized to the lantern for a beautiful, but compact, statement piece. If you have a longer table, you could try a couple few lanterns (maybe even different sizes) for a really beautiful candle display.
Enjoy the free plans!
And once you’ve finished your lantern, head over to check out all the other great Christmas table setting ideas below!
Tools & Supplies:
- Wood Glue
- Finish Nailer & Nails (or a hammer)
- Christmas Sprays
- 4 | 1″ x 1″ Square Dowel @ 10″ (columns)
- 8 | 1″ x 1″ Square Dowel @ 4″ (rails)
- 1 | 3/4″ Plywood @ 6″ x 6″ Square (base)
- 4 | 3/4″ Dowels @ 1″ (feet)
I typically include a full lumber list on projects. However, this lantern is such a small amount of lumber and can be completed mostly with scrap wood. If necessary, adjust measurements to work with your scraps. For reference: I cut the 1″ x 1″ dowels and rails out of a 1″ thick board and the 6″ x 6″ base from a 1 x 12 scrap board. I had extra 3/4″ dowels, but you can purchase them at Walmart or any lumber/home improvement store.
Drill four 3/4″ holes for the dowel feet. I used a 3/4″ forstner bit and drilled 1/4″ deep.
Build two sides for the frame of the lantern. Attach the rails to the columns with wood glue and finish nails. I used 2″ finish nails.
Position the frames flush with the edge of the base and attach with wood glue and finish nails.
Complete the lantern by attaching the last bottom two rails with wood glue and finish nails, followed by the last top two rails.
Insert the dowel feet into place and attach with wood glue.
The dowels should be tight in the 3/4″ holes, so wood glue is plenty strong to hold them!
Sand and finish as desired! I stained the lantern with Varathane sun-bleached and sealed it with clear satin polycrylic spray.
Add a candle of your choice and a few Christmas sprays around the base aaannnd
Voila, you have yourself a beautiful centerpiece!
Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of these great ideas:
>Monday: >Cozy Traditional Home | >Bitterroot DIY | > >Tuesday: >A Wonderful Thought | >Frazzled Joy | >Craftivity Designs | >Life on the Bay Bush | >A Purdy Little House | >Intelligent Domestications > > Thursday: >North Country Nest | >Polka Dot Poplars
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