Tall Lantern (Circles)

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This lantern design is both beautiful and elegant as well as being simple to make. All you need is 1 1/2 sheets of 1/8" material (11" x 19").

Use any material you like from MDF to plywoods or even acrylic. You can add vellum paper from Hobby Lobby or a special acrylic to elevate the look even more. It looks fantastic and costs less than $1 when on sale. Add a battery powered candle to give it that soothing glow. 

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Project Details


  • This design is made for 1/8" material. If you'd like to use thicker material, be sure to edit the slots making them wider toward the outside edges of the base plates and not toward the center. If you edit toward the center, the panels will hit each other at the corners.

  • If you'd like to use vellum paper inside the panels, cut them at 4" x 10". You can use a glue stick to adhere them to the inside of the panel before assembly.

  • Additional Option: If you’d like to sit the lantern down over a candle rather than putting the candle in from the top opening, you can cut two sets of the square base pieces with the squares cut out of them rather than the two solid ones.

  • I recommend a battery powered candle no more than 3" in diameter and no taller than 9". The candles with remotes make it easy to turn them on and off without removing them to reach the switch.

  • IMPORTANT! If you're going to add a layer of textured acrylic inside like we did, you *must* do a couple of things to ensure that it fits. You'll need to measure the textured acrylic and then create rectangles that will fit inside the existing panels without hitting each other. For example, if your material is 0.125", then you'll make rectangles that are 10" tall and 3.5" wide, so that when cut, they fit inside. 



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  • 10.25" tall x 5.5" wide
  • Slot Size: 0.125"



  • 1/8" MDF
  • Paint: Rustoleum Filler Primer and Montana 94 Spray Paints
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  • In the lantern pictured, I used Textured Fluorescent Green acrylic and Frosted Green Acrylic from as inserts. SEE IMPORTANT NOTE ABOVE IF YOU WANT TO DO THE SAME THING.



  • 1 1/2 sheets of 11" x 19" material
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