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Patriotic Lantern Topper Tutorial 2016


patriotic-lantern-topperPatriotic Lantern Topper Tutorial


50230 Wood & Glass Lantern (sold in sets of 2, we decorated the larger 23″ lantern)

XS5739P9 Patriotic Ball Spray – 3

Patriotic Ribbons – We used scraps of ribbons that worked for a Patriotic theme, some 2.5″ and some 1.5″

10″ Wide Foil Mesh – scraps of red, white/silver, and royal blue were used.

74032ASST Burlap Stars



Sprayed secured together with zip ties to use as a base for other items. The “base” was secured to the top of the lantern using 1.5″ ribbon (ribbon holds better than chenille stems and doesn’t slip around as much)


Bows were made from scraps. Pieces were cut 24″ in length and loops of 4.5 – 5″ made. All the loops need to be the same length. Tails can be different lengths.

Bow idea was from Julie at Southern Charm Wreaths. You can visit her page at www.southerncharmwreaths.com

Julie also has a great E-Book on wreath making. Check it out here: Learn Deco Mesh Wreath Design

Secure Patriotic ball spray base to lantern, then secure mesh clusters, bows and other embellishments to the spray base using chenille stems or zip ties.

Hindsight: When making mesh clusters, use the full size chenille stem (in the video we cut them in half). Full size would be easier to work with.

Love the lantern! Love the battery candle also. With the battery candles, you can position your lantern in hard to reach places and just leave it there, use the remote to turn the candle on and off, adjust the flickering and even set it on  timer.  Click here to see more of our Melrose Decor.




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