Dollar Store DIY Coastal Lantern

Get the coastal look on a budget with this dollar store coastal lantern. All the materials for this cheap and easy DIY decorating idea can be found at Dollar Tree. The total cost of this dollar tree craft is only $ 8 and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Dollar Tree offers four weathered coastal photo frames. You can find them all here on their website. They also have a variety of choices for sand and seashells. If you live near a coastal area, you can even find these items for free on the beach and save a few dollars.

When it comes to decorating the interior of your Coastal DIY Coastal Lantern store, you have endless options. Here are some ideas:

You can even fill the entire lantern with shells and string lights between them. If you do this however, you will need to make sure that your bottom base is strong enough to hold the content. I used cardboard because my lantern was quite light. You can always cut scrap wood to its size and use wood glue or super strong glue to adhere it to the bottom of the lantern.

Dollar Store DIY Coastal Lantern

Dollar Store DIY Coastal Lantern


Dollar Store DIY Coastal Lantern

coastal decor made from dollar tree supplies

Yield: 1 lantern

Cost: $ 8


  • 4 photo frames
  • 1 candle
  • 1 bag sand
  • 1 bag shells
  • 1 room foam board or carton


  • Remove the plastic, the back of the frame and the photo inserts from the photo frames.

  • If you don’t want the small tabs to appear, you can remove them and stick the glass on the frame or if you don’t mind, you can simply replace the tabs to hold the glass in place.

  • Glue the corners of the photo frames together. Hold firmly until each frame dries (about a minute). Be generous with the glue because you want it to hold well.

  • Trace and cut the outline of the box on the cardboard or foam board.

  • Glue the foam board to the bottom of the box.

  • Pour sand at the bottom of the lantern

  • Put your candle in the middle of the lantern

  • Arrange the shells around the candle and add all the other decorative accents you want.

Similar article

50 Dollar Store Coastal DIY Home Decor Ideas

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *