Cut the Parts
Download our cut list above. Using a miter saw, cut the parts. To cut the dowels, set the saw to 2.5-degrees. To make the dowels splay outward in both directions, tip the dowel on edge during the cut as shown.
Drill the Top Hole
Drill a hole in the center of lantern top for the solar light bulb.
Assemble the Parts
Assemble the parts by drilling pilot holes through the top and bottom boards and into the square dowels. Secure the pieces with wood glue and screws.
Size the Hardware Cloth
Trace the inside opening of the assembled frame onto the hardware cloth.
Cut the Hardware Cloth
Cut three panels from the hardware cloth.
Apply the Stain
Sand the parts, and then wipe away any dust with a lint-free cloth. Using a lint-free cloth, wipe on a coat of stain in the direction on the grain. I’m using a Varathane color called Weathered Gray. Let the stain set for two to three minutes. Wipe away the excess stain with a lint-free cloth, and let dry for at least an hour.
Apply the Topcoat
Brush on a coat of Spar Urethane with a synthetic bristle brush. Let dry for an hour.
Coat the Hardware Cloth
Lastly, spray the hardware cloth with two coats of flat black spray paint.
Attach the hardware Cloth
Staple the hardware cloth panels to the filler strips.
Secure the Side Panels
Secure the assembled hardware cloth and filler strips inside the lantern frame with nails.
Install the Light Bulb
Secure the solar light bulb with glue.