DIY Fall Lantern Swag

40 Minutes
Decorating with lanterns became a trend a few years ago and I guess people are now tired of looking at their plain lanterns and are searching for ways to jazz them up. I mean, why just add a bow when you can add a whole floral arrangement on top of it!

So after much research, okay a few hours, I couldn't figure out how to make one. So I played around with a few techniques and decided the technique I'm showing you here is by far the easiest for me.
Wire Cutters
Floral Wire
Zip Ties
Glue Gun
Floral picks
Larger focal points
Lantern –

Step 1 – Choose Your Colors
I find that for beginners, it is best to pick three colors from the floral pick and then make sure all the other elements in the arrangement contain these same three colors. For example; once your floral pick is selected, choose filler flowers, picks, add-ins and ribbon that contain these three colors. Of course, this is not a hard rule but only my suggestion for beginners. Once you get the feel for color coordinating, you can mix and match any color under the rainbow.
Step 2 – Base Assembly
Assemble the base by gathering and layering the floral picks, fillers, add-ins, and focal piece in your hand. Once you have the items positioned in your hand, use zip ties and zip tie the stems together. I use two zip ties for added security. Once you like what you have, zip tie the stems together in two places.
Step 3 – Bow
I like to use my signature funky bow for my lantern swags. For a full video showing you how to make it, click the link below.

Step 4 – Add a Tie
I tie it in a knot on the back up the swag base above the bow on the side containing the shorter picks. Once you have the tie knotted around the swag base, attach it to the lantern.
Step 5 – Adding Filler
Using extra pieces of filler such as leaves, berries and flowers, hot glue these stems into the ribbon loops of the bow making sure the glue adheres to the ribbon.
Step 6 – Hide the Mechanics
Once you have added all the filler to the bow and you like how the swag looks, take it off of the lantern and turn it over. Hot glue leftover silk leaves such as ivy on top of the pipe cleaner and zip ties in order to hide the mechanics. This gives your swag a professional look.
There you have it, a fall lantern swag. Here are other lantern swags I’ve made using this same technique. Aren’t they beautiful?
For a free video tutorial showing you how to make this fall lantern swag, head over to my blog using the link below.
Southern Charm Wreaths
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  • Connie S Hayes-Forte Connie S Hayes-Forte on May 19, 2019

    This is absolutely beautiful. I love the color combination's on each of the latern's. I am curious, did you make the latern's??? If not where did you purchase them???

    Thank you, Connie

  • Koreen Wulf Koreen Wulf on Sep 03, 2022

    Do you have videos of you doing this?

  • Roberta Burke Roberta Burke on Oct 26, 2022

    bea Lantern. Are you attaching at the top of the lantern? How are you hiding it in the back

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  • Vicki Vicki on Sep 15, 2017
    I want to do this with a solar lantern. Hope it doesn't block it too much so the sun does not get to it. Any suggestions. I have my lantern on a garden flag holder by my mailbox

  • Stacy G Stacy G on Mar 20, 2021

    Hello, I just want to tell you your crafts are so pretty. Yes I will do these for sure.

    Thank You,

    Stacy G