18 In Summer

DIY Lantern Using Broken Frames

Last year I made this terrarium with Ikea frames and it still is a hit here on the blog. Over time it had turned into a bit of a fail though, but read more about that here. Well, let me tell ya it is still standing! I finally fixed it and it is holding up great. So, the other day, when I browsed Pinterest, as I do way too much sometimes, I came across this fun lantern project using frames and thought I’d try my own version of it. Check out my DIY lantern using broken frames! 

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DIY Lantern Using Broken Frames

I had these broken frames that I got in the clearance section at Winners in Canada a few years ago. The frames were missing the glass part but I took them home, painted them and have used them in my decor since. 

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These are all different kinds and sizes, but that’s what I like about this lantern! It’s not perfect at all!

So at first, they were all painted again with white chalky finish paint, on both sides. I dry brushed the paint on each frame, just roughly, then distressed a little bit here and there. 

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Next the assembly, which was super easy, simply applying wood glue on each side of the frames and sticking them together. The frames are all different sizes, which made it a bit tricky, but it worked. Good thing is, that you can try out different ways before you actually glue it on. 

diy lantern using broken frames kreativk.net

And this is how it looks now: A very imperfect lantern, without any glass, so I put candles in jars inside and I couldn’t help but adding two cute tiny succulents as well…. Maybe you wouldn’t even call it a lantern? No idea.

diy lantern using broken frames kreativk.net


diy lantern using broken frames kreativk.net


diy lantern using broken frames kreativk.net


diy lantern using broken frames kreativk.net


diy lantern using broken frames kreativk.net


diy lantern using broken frames kreativk.net

If you like this, pin it for later! 

diy lantern using broken frames kreativk.net

I kinda like it…. a lot! I love that the frames are each different in size and style and who cares about the glass right? Well, I don’t and maybe you will want to do this with frames that actually do have glass, it’ll look great! Let me know what you think! Honestly! 

Have a great day!



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  • Sandra L Garth
    03/06/2017 at 18:39

    The imperfections are what makes this so cute!

    • Katrin
      04/06/2017 at 08:42

      Thanks Sandra 🙂

  • Diana
    01/06/2017 at 05:04

    Great use of materials that others might just toss out, Katrin! The final project is just lovely and it completely compliments your personal style. Thanks so much for linking up your posts with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • Katrin
      04/06/2017 at 08:38

      Thanks so much for stopping by Diana! i appreciate it!

  • Maisy
    29/05/2017 at 11:17

    Oh wow, Katrin, that’s such a fabulous idea!! Honestly, where do you get those cool, creative ideas?! 🙂 Love it!


    • Katrin
      29/05/2017 at 14:24

      Aw thanks so much Maisy!

  • Leanna
    29/05/2017 at 08:08

    This is so outdoorsy and fun Katrin. I really like the finish you put on it and the little jars inside too. Lanterns are so nice to have all over, making one from what you have it always the best plan. Love how this turned out.

    • Katrin
      29/05/2017 at 08:57

      I love having lanterns outside in the summer, for those fun summer nights and just because it looks great! Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Angie ~ ambient wares
    27/05/2017 at 02:39

    Definitely a great use for those frames, Katrin! Love how easy it is to achieve something so lovely! Pinned & sharing

    • Katrin
      28/05/2017 at 09:22

      Thanks so much Angie! I’m always going for easy and quick 😉

  • Amber Harrop
    26/05/2017 at 14:56

    So creative Katrin would never thought of using frames this way but it looks great

    • Katrin
      26/05/2017 at 23:00

      Thanks so much Amber!!!

  • Keri
    24/05/2017 at 17:44

    Katrin, this is such a great repurpose of the broken frames!! I think having the different sizes and shapes gives it more interest. It looks great with the candle and succulent inside!

    • Katrin
      24/05/2017 at 20:14

      I think so too Keri, I’m quite happy with this 🙂 Thanks for the visit!

  • Mary
    24/05/2017 at 15:29

    Katrin for a moment there I thought your terrarium had fallen apart for good and you reused the pieces. Whew! You know how much I love that project. But this one is pretty awesome too. By using frames of different sizes you free yourself up and it looks so unique too!

    • Katrin
      24/05/2017 at 20:12

      Oh no, it is still standing and hope this one will too! So far the wood glue is great! I love the different sizes Mary, first I thought naaa, but now I’m like yeah! if ya know what I mean 🙂

  • Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff
    24/05/2017 at 13:56

    Dear Katrin,
    I love it – I really do! It’s sooo lovely! Simple but stylish and sophisticated at the same time. Absolutely great – honestly!
    Have a great day,

    • Katrin
      24/05/2017 at 20:11

      Aw you’re so sweet, Thank you Marjan!!! 🙂