This step by step diy woodworking project is about wood pumpkin lantern plans. The project features instructions for building a rustic lantern for your garden. The pumpkin-shaped lantern is ideal as a Halloween decoration and can be built from scrap wood. Remember that you might need to adjust the size of the components to suit your needs.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Wood Pumpkin Lantern Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 18″ long SIDES
- B – 2 pieces of 1×10 lumber – 18″ long FACES
- C – 1 piece of 1×10 lumber – 8 3/4″ long TOP
- D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 3 1/2″ long STEM
- 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 1 ft
- 1 piece of 1×10 – lumber – 4 ft
- 1 piece of 1×8 lumber – 3 ft
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
Building a pumpkin lantern for Halloween
First of all, you need to build the faces for the pumpkin lantern. Use 1×10 slats for the front and back. Mark the cut lines on the front component, as shown in the plans. You can play around with the shapes and create something even more scary! Or you can put a large smile on his face. Drill starting holes inside the shapes and make the cuts with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Continue the project by assembling the pumpkin box. Use 1×8 lumber for the sides, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges with attention and use 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock the components together. Add glue to enhance the rigidity of the joints.
Cut a piece of 1×10 lumber for the top of the pumpkin lantern. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and align everything with attention. Use glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock the cap to the frame of the lantern, as shown in the diagram. Now is a goof time to apply a few coats of paint to the pumpkin lantern.
If you want to add a finishing touch to the project, building a stem for the pumpkin is a great idea. Use a jigsaw to make the cuts to the 2×4 scrap. Smooth the edges thoroughly before continuing the project.
Center the stem to the top of the pumpkin. Use wood dowels or glue and nails to secure the stem into place. Make sure you apply a few coats of green paint to the stem before securing it to the pumpkin.
Rough sand the parts, making sure you expose a little some areas. Then apply some darker stain to the lantern and wipe off the excess.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the components from decay, we recommend you to apply lacquer.
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