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Winter Lantern Tutorial

Winter Lantern Tutorial

winter lantern topper with cardinals

Winter Lantern Tutorial

You can make a winter lantern topper with just a few supplies. Such an easy way to make a quick spot of decoration for your home.

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E-Z Bowmaker


The lantern used in this tutorial is several years old, but just a standard, neutral lantern.

We chose it because it's made of wood, metal and glass and has a natural brown color.

When choosing a lantern, if you plan to decorate it, choose something with a simple design so that the topper or inside contents will be the focal point.

I like to re-decorate my lantern for the seasons like this winter lantern or for a special occasion. Here's my affiliate link for a similar lantern from Amazon. wood metal glass lantern

Faux Snow

XA1227 Faux Snow

The Faux Snow was a carryover from Christmas, but it's been several times before. It has provided a bed for Easter Eggs, green apples, carrots, and even tiny pumpkins in the fall.

The Faux Snow is made of a plastic material and comes in a bag. You could also use paper shred, Spanish Moss or green moss.

The Faux Snow provided a bed for the 12" battery candle in the winter lantern. Practice safety! Always use battery candles in your lanterns and never a real candle unless you plan never to light it.


3102594 RAZ Feathered Cardinals Set of 2

MB0635 4.5" Cardinal Assorted

Two RAZ Cardinals were placed on the bed of Faux Snow. The cardinals have clips. They are very lightweight and made out of Styrofoam and feather. They are sold as a set of two on Trendy Tree.

We do have other cardinals that are a bit smaller also.

red bird, cardinal

Ribbon & Bow

The exact ribbons I used are no longer available, but here's a couple that are similar that you could choose from:

RG08705 2.5" Cardinal Ribbon

71182-40-01 2.5" Cardinal Ribbon

72107-09-12 1.5" Cheetal Cardinal Ribbon

RGC119324 1.5" Red Black Stripe Ribbon

41148-40-12 2.5" Red Black Check Ribbon

71093-40-01 2.5" Black White Check Ribbon


Make simple bow for the winter lantern using assorted styles of ribbon. I made my bow with the EZ Bowmaker

You can make a free-handed bow without a bow-making tool. I just find that it's easier for me. We also have the Probow bow-maker on Trendy Tree and you can make many different styles of bows with it as well.

The E-Z Bowmaker is a simple tool to help make bows. It's in stock right now on Trendy Tree.

We have hundreds and hundreds of ribbon styles to choose from. Just browse the Ribbon Collection and find some that you like. You can also make a lantern topper using your scrap ribbon dig thru those supplies!

Secure the bow with a zip tie. The bow with grapevine was tied around the top of the lantern.


Decorating a winter lantern is easy, it doesn't take many supplies and it's simple to change out for another season or occasion.

When spring is just around the corner, we'll remove the winter bow and add something with spring blooms.

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