I keep seeing all these beautiful and amazing lanterns online and in stores but I personally can't afford to spend $40 + on a lantern. So let's try to DIY one!
The hardest part of this DIY was getting the skewers to bend. It took some brainstorming to figure it out.
- I put them in hot water on the stove. I left the top part of the skewer out of the water and then placed a pickles jar on the skewers where I wanted it to be curved.
- I left them in the hot water for about an hour.
- I then took them out and placed them in the bathroom sink with the pickle jar still sitting on them until the next morning.
And believe it or not, it worked.
- I used a square wood block I had in my stash. It was already painted a gray color, so no painting required.
- I drilled small holes in the 4 corners, just a little larger than the skewers.
- I filled each hole with hot glue and placed the skewer into the hole making sure it was point towards the center.
- I placed 18 16 mm natural wood beads on each skewer.
- I found this little topper in my stash. I think I got it from Wish.com a while back. I order several things from there to see how they would work as craft supplies.
- I filled the hole in the topper with hot glue and placed all of the skewer's ends in it.
- I turned it upside down to let the hot glue dry because I didn't want it running down my skewers and beads.
- The next thing I did was add 4 20 mm beads to the bottom for feet.
I left all the beads and the topper the natural color, but you can paint it to any color that will match your decor. I may actually paint it white and do a little distressing. I just haven't decided yet.
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- Natural Wood Beads
- Wood Square
- Wood Topper
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