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Make a base from grapevine twig. Sometimes you can buy this in rolls, or break apart an old grapevine wreath. The long poppy sprays would also work as a base if the grapevine is not available. You might have to use some floral wire or zip ties to secure pieces until you get enough of a base to hold other stems with hot glue.
Place the poppy sprays end to end and secure with a couple of zip ties. Decide if you want your topper to be placed evenly on the lantern or off to one side. Mine was one to one side.
Secure the base to the top of the lantern with wire.
Start by adding in your longer florals first for the Patriotic Lantern Topper. Add to one side and then the other to keep them fairly even. I placed some of the longe blue Penta blossoms but reserved some of the shorter pieces for later. Use a liberal amount of hot glue to secure
Add the larger blooms of the white and red geraniums.
Make a 12" bow with the red velvet ribbon and secure it to the topper with wire. Finish off the end of the ribbon with a dovetail cut or angled cut. If your ribbon has a pretty backside, it's attractive to roll the edges up loosely.
Here's a link to another bow tutorial that might be helpful:
Easy Hand Tied Bow
The Gypsum flowers are not pure white but are close enough. I used the whole bush of the Gypsum filling in. Don't forget to use the rest of the blue flowers too, tucking some around the bow.
This is just a guide, your flowers may be different and your ribbon also. The number of flowers will depend on the size of your lantern. The lantern I used for the Patriotic Lantern Topper was about 24" in ht. It is a set of two, with the other one being smaller. For the life of me, I can't find it! We moved a couple of years ago and I know I moved my lanterns myself and not the movers. I'll find it one day and be surprised. It will be like having a new lantern))).
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