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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.

I 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.

You can re-decorate a 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.


The red birds I used are now sold out, but there are several styles of cardinals in our Old World Christmas ornament collection,

Cardinal Christmas Ornaments

Two cardinals were placed on the bed of Faux Snow. But you could use other types of birds as well or small animal ornaments as well.

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:


72107-09-12 1.5" Cheetah Cardinal Ribbon

71090-40-01 2.5" Woody Icon Cardinal Ribbon

71174-09-01 1.5" White Red Berry Ribbon

RGA1013WJ 2.5" Red Black Gingham Check

Just browse ribbons to find your favorites, there are so many to choose from)

 Make a simple bow for the winter lantern using assorted styles of ribbon. I made my bow with a simple bowmaker. The link is to a new version of the EZ Bowmaker and works the same way.

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.

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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