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Oct 20 2017
11 months ago
1:32 PM MDT

DIY Dollar Tree Picture Frame Lanterns

Oct 20, 2017 @ 1:32 PM MDT
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Love farmhouse style lanterns?

Here’s how to easily make a DIY large decorative lantern for around $5 using inexpensive picture frames from the Dollar Tree! These are such a fun way to display candles or other seasonal decor on a tabletop. Put a couple lanterns on your dining room table to get this trendy, farmhouse look on a dollar store budget!

DIY Dollar Tree Picture Frame Lanterns

We told you making these stylish lanterns from Dollar Tree picture frames was easy, and now you will see. Check out all you need to get going.

Supplies Needed:


1. Take the backing off of each frame, and glue each side together to create a cube with the four frames. Make sure to glue the front of each frame facing the outside.

2. Using the needle nose pliers, break apart the square picture frame and remove the tiny metal pieces holding the sides together. (I left one side together and then separated the other two pieces, as shown above; this will make it easier when constructing the lantern.)

3. With the hot glue gun, glue them to the top of lantern at each corner, making a point at the center.

4. For an optional, yet realistic detail, paint a plastic shower curtain ring and add it to the top. It adds a nice touch.

5. Add pillar candles to the middle of lantern or holiday decor to display.

I seriously LOVE how these Dollar Tree lanterns turned out!

The size is actually pretty substantial. They really are a pretty statement piece for the home and you can’t beat the price! I’ve seen real lanterns like these priced at $25+.

Here’s an example of how you can style these lanterns for Christmas. 🎄

All items inside are from Dollar Tree. They even carry tiny LED lights and candles to put inside! So have some fun and be creative!


  • Before you leave the Dollar Tree store, I’d open the frames to make sure they aren’t damaged to save a trip back. I had one. 
  • You can glue a simple cube with the 4 frames and skip the top part, but I think that’s the coolest detail!
  • For festive Halloween decor, it would be fun to embellish further with black vinyl shapes for a spooky lantern.
  • You can glue a frame to the bottom to have a “base”, but I think it’s more convenient to have it open for larger candles and decor.

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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