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Give outdoor lighting a lantern look by framing candle stands within these wooden surrounds. Paint them with a Halloween or holiday theme, or choose a color for year-round indoor decorating or outdoor curb appeal.
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The instructions and project diagram are for an open-sided candle lantern surround 36 inches tall, but you can size it to the height you like by varying the lengths of the stiles (vertical parts). However, avoid having the tops of any burning wax candles flush with or near the tops of the lantern frames or moulding.
From the 3/4-inch dowels, cut four stiles (A) to the height you want the lantern frame or use them at full length (36 inches). Then cut eight rails (B) 8 inches long (Candle Lantern Project Diagram).
For easy assembly of the frames, make certain all the pieces in a group of parts are cut to equal length.
Glue and clamp two stiles to two rails, forming a frame. Repeat to make a second frame.
If you have a pneumatic brad nailer, use it to reinforce the joints in this and the next step after the glue dries. However, nailing the thin stock by hand may break the glue joints.
After the glue dries, rest the frames on edge on a flat surface. Glue and clamp rails at the corners of the two frames, using the work surface to help keep them aligned. Let dry and repeat for the other two rails.
Cut the cove moulding into eight slightly oversize pieces about 12 inches long. On one piece, cut a 45-degree miter without significantly shortening the length. Place the mitered end with the inside edge against the outside corner of a stile. Mark the moulding length at the other stile corner, and cut the moulding to size. Glue and clamp the moulding to the rail and stiles with the flat edge flush with the top of the lantern (Candle Lantern Project Diagram).
Because vinyl moulding will not absorb wood glue, consider switching to a construction adhesive or using a pneumatic nailer to fasten the trim in place.
Miter-cut one end of another oversize moulding piece and fit it against the corner of the installed moulding. Mark and cut the moulding to length, then glue and clamp that piece in place. Repeat for the remaining two moulding pieces. Duplicate this and the previous steps at the other end of the lantern frame.
Sand the frame as needed and wipe clean. Spray on at least two coats of the finish of your choice (Vintage Copper shown).