Purpleheart Patio Lantern Plans, Spice Up Your Living Space


Illuminate your next backyard party with the twinkle of these tea-light candle lanterns! Our plans make it easy to build. Quick and easy download.


Purpleheart Patio Lantern Plans


The soft glow from these tea-light lanterns will bring an intimate atmosphere to your next after-dusk get-together. I chose to build them using purple heart because I had the outdoor setting of a deck or patio in mind, but there's no reason why they can't contribute to the ambiance of your home indoors as well. I've come up with two distinctive styles for you to choose from–make one of each for a complete set. The construction is similar for both designs; only the geometry and a few of the dimensions differ, so building both styles is easy.

These lanterns make a great weekend project. They aren't difficult to build and require a small quantity of materials. Purpleheart is a durable South American hardwood that naturally resists weathering. But that's not what first attracted me to this unique species. It was the stunning grain pattern and vibrant violet color. If you prefer something less exotic, choose white oak, cedar, redwood or South American mahogany–all excellent choices for the outdoors.

I used a weatherproof Type II PVA adhesive to assemble the lanterns because it stands up well in wet conditions. To give the flickering flames a bit more flair, I found some translucent art glass for the side panels; you can find it at most stained-glass suppliers. There's a wide variety of colors and textures to choose from.

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Our plans are designed and written to be easy to follow and understand. This is a very simple plan with very simple instructions. You don't need an engineering degree and be able to read complex blueprints to understand our plans. You should be comfortable with woodworking and have good solid building skills, but our blueprints are still designed to be easy to read.

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