You will need
34mm x 34mm x 1800mm timber batten, B&Q
18mm x 34mm x 1800mm timber batten, B&Q
off-cut of MDF
Bosch PWB 600 workbench
Bosch PSM 10,8 LI cordless multi-sander
Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 ergonomic drill
one pack 8mm x 30mm dowels, B&Q
off-cut of MDF
Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish furniture paint in Powder Blue
silver-plated wire, Hobbycraft
1 Begin by cutting the wood to size. You will need to cut eight 11cm lengths of the 18mm x 34mm batten (these are the side struts), four 35cm lengths of the 34mm square batten (these are the corners), and from the MDF, one 14.5cm square (the base), two 12.75cm squares and two 10.75cm squares (the lid). Smooth the edges of each piece using a sander.
2 Join the four corner pieces together with the side struts to create a frame. To do this, lay one of your corner pieces down and, working on one end as pictured, place the short cut edge of a side strut onto it centrally, aligning the bottom edges. Draw around it, marking the middle with an X. Use an 8mm bit to drill down into the X by 1.5cm. Drill another 1.5cm hole into the middle of the short cut end of the side strut. Place a blob of glue into the holes then insert a dowel and hammer to join them together. Repeat until all four corners are joined by two side strut pieces.
3 Turn the frame upside down and place the 14.5cm MDF square onto it. Nail into position at each corner. Use wood glue to layer the two 12.75cm squares and the two 10.75cm squares to create a lid, placing them in a vice or clamp to ensure a fast hold. Turn the lantern right-side up and nail the lid to the top to secure it. Mix a 50/50 solution of water and Chalky Finish paint and apply all over to give a washed effect. Finally, plait three 30cm lengths of silver-plated wire together and attach to either side of the lid using a screw-hook.
Always use an LED candle inside wooden lanterns to avoid fires.
Photos: Lizzie Orme
Feature and styling: Sophie Holt