Pallets come in all shapes and sizes and can be used for so many different things. We were given some block pallets by a friend of ours and the blocks (those square pieces of wood that separate the top and bottom boards) make the perfect base for a shabby-chic lantern.
What You Need to Make Pallet Block Lanterns
The best thing about these little beauties is you don’t need any special tools, just an old oil lantern burner, pallet blocks, sandpaper, paint and wood sealer.
Our blocks are made from chip board so we had to sand them down quite a bit to get a smooth finish. We started with 60 grit and finished off with 120 grit sandpaper. The blocks came out beautifully smooth.
The hubby measured the diameter of the base of the oil burner and used a hole saw to drill a hole in the block so that the burner would fit nicely into the shabby chic lantern.
To get the look we used GripSeal wood stain. I love using this product, there are so many beautiful colors to choose from and it stains and seals at the same time. It also dries really, really fast, which is a bargain if you’re impatient like me. We applied two coats of Protea Brown and then two coats of Antique White.
Once the last coat is dry to the touch we used 100 grit sandpaper to distress the block. Sand lightly in some areas and apply some elbow grease in others to get a naturally worn look. When you’re happy with the look, glue the oil burner in the hole at the top.
Add a candle, a handle and the chimney and you’re done. As an optional extra you can rubber stamp a cute label on the front of the block.
Easy peasy, right??!!! But I’d love to know what you think of our block pallets lanterns.
Here’s an interesting bit of pallet trivia. You get two types of wooden pallets; stringer pallets and block pallets. Block pallets are common in Europe, Central and South America and Africa, while stringer pallets dominate in the States. Some of the larger retailers like Walmart and Costco are moving towards block pallets as they are stronger and can be lifted from any side. Silly me, and I thought all pallets were created equal 🙂 Until next time, hope you have a beautiful crafty week.
Oh before I forget, these enamel cup lanterns are also really awesome if you looking for more shabby chic decor bits.