Sunday, October 17, 2010

Candle lantern by tanjaak

Hello and happy sunday! I'm going to show you today how to make a cute lantern out of wooden picture frames.

...and here are the materials needed for this project (not all shown in the picture).

brown packing paper
picture frames
stamps (I have used two cute stamps by Norma Fickel from WoJ's Get Well collection)
ink and colours (I used Promarkers)
paint and paintbrush (optional)
hammer and some nails

The first step is to treat your frames with some colour if you wish. I got my frames and paint from IKEA and as you can see in the later pictures neglected to paint the inside of the frames which I think was a bit of a mistake. So if you decide to paint your frames do paint the inside also, it gives the lantern more finished look as someone might want to take a look at the inside also LOL.

So here are my frames painted and images stamped and coloured. I just love this cute couple, the little witch with her potions and the clown with all the balloons. Cut the papers to fit the frames perfectly.

The next step is to let loose your inner handy man and start hammering those frames together. I used 8 nails in total and thought that was just enough to make my lantern hold together. 

As you may see my lantern is not really a square one but more of a quadrangle, it's really up to you how you might want to position your frames.

The frames I used had a plexiglass in them instead of real glass which might have been better but whether the frames have glass or plexi the point is that the paper is on the outside (the furthest from the flame).


And now the lantern is ready and has a candle inside (in a glass jar of course!) It was really hard trying to take a picture of the finished lantern with the candle inside, the lantern looks SOOOO much better in real life. I had so much fun at making this lantern and thought of also making a lamp shade in the same way!

Have fun crafting!



  1. OMG - that is so adorable!! What a fantastic gift. Thanks so much Tanjaak!

  2. Wow!! This is such a super idea!! Wonderful Tanja. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
    Katharina xx

  3. Wouhhh! Absoluty splendid!! Kiss! Nadine

  4. What a great idea!
    I have to much photo frames, now I know what to do !! :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs Anneke

  5. Wow a great idea! looks beautiful.

    Thank you!


  6. Wow, was für eine wundervolle laterne!

  7. That is a great idea, instantly when i saw this i remembered having some similar frames that i tried to car boot, now they weren't with me last week when i car booted so need to dig them out. Love all things glowing, in the main it's recycled jars but this is one i have to try. Maybe with Christmas in mind :)

  8. Oh, Tanja! This is absolutely faaabulous!
    Just love love love it!

  9. Wowww....w That is a great idea.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Thea

  10. wouw!!!!!!
    Such a good idea just adorable.
    now I know what todoo with my olde photo
    frames :)

    Thank you Tanja!!!


  11. Such a great idea, looks wonderful! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  12. Coucou!
    C'est une très belle idée cette lanterne.
    Le résultat est très réussi !
    Merci pour le tuto
    Bonne journée

  13. Thanks a lot for the inspiration! I had to make one myself! It was so much fun, so now I've bought new frames:)

    Thanks again!

  14. i really love you're idea, i deffinetly gonna give it a try.


  15. I think this is adorable! If you wanted to make this for a young child's room, you could put a cheap battery-operated "puck" sized touch- light inside, so no open flame. Also would be nice with a closed top (& battery light) for the porch on halloween with a seasonal image (temporary for the occasion).

  16. The first step is to treat your frames with some colour if you wish. I got my frames and paint from IKEA and as you can see in the later pictures ...


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