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Recycled Lanterns from Block Pallets – Quick and Easy

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.

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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.

Recycled lanterns made from block pallets - quick and easy

What you need to make a pallet block lantern

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.

Recycled lanterns made from block pallets - quick and easy

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.

Shabby Chic (pronounced sheek) - adj: something that has a pleasingly old and slightly worn appearanceClick to Tweet

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.

Stain the blocks using a dark and light wood stain

Stain the blocks using a dark and light wood stain

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.

Recycled lanterns made from block pallets - quick and easy

Distress the pallet block and the oil lamp burner

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.

Recycled lanterns made from block pallets - quick and easy

Easy peasy, right??!!! But I’d love to know what you think of our block pallets lanterns.

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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 🙂

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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful crafty week.

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Oh before I forget, these enamel cup lanterns are also really awesome if you looking for more shabby chic decor bits.

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  • Posted: June 12, 2016 22:58

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    How creative, and very cute! I does look like an old lantern. I love the shabby look and the added touch with the rubber stamp.
    • Posted: June 14, 2016 15:19


      Thanks Linda ;-) We got a really nice order for quite a few for a wedding and those pallet blocks really needed to be used.
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