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 a similar lantern from Amazon.
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.
Ribbon & Bow
RW7620F3 1.5" Red White Glitter Ribbon
X622340-18 2.5" Ivory Canvas Red Cardinal Ribbon
RG882724 2.5" Red Black Glitter Ribbon
Make 1 simple bow for the winter lantern using three styles of ribbon and an E-Z Bowmaker. The E-Z Bowmaker is a simple tool to help make bows. It's for sale on Trendy Tree. We have hundreds and hundreds of ribbon styles to choose from.
The bow held together with a zip tie and the bundle of grapevine and bow secured to the lantern with a piece of 1.5" ribbon. 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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