Decorating with Lanterns

Hi everyone! I’m Steph from Crafting in the Rain, and I’m so happy to be here as part of Diana’s team!
What I’m sharing with you today is how I decorated a little lantern for Valentine’s Day.  I’ll also tell you what I think it the perfect formula for filling a lantern no matter what holiday or theme you’re going for.  
twig-ball Let’s get started.  This is a BORRBY lantern from IKEA, and it runs about $8. I first put down some white batting in the bottom.  Then I added a twig ball with a pink ribbon tied around it.  Finally I put in a pick with fake pink berries left over from Christmas.  Easy and cute, a perfect combination, right?


Now for the formula you can use, even if you don’t have these exact items.

1–A Base

2–Large item(s)

3–Small item(s) (usually on a stick or stem of some sort to fill up some of the higher space in the lantern)

1–Bunched up fabric, crumpled paper, shredded paper, cotton balls, moss, small rocks, tissue paper, 

2–Pinecones, a large shell, large rocks, pretty blossom, a candle, pumpkins, fake fruit, bottle brush trees, plastic heart, bird (in nest), piece of thick branch, 

3–Sticks with beads, small flowers, leaves, ribbon, feathers

Here’s the one I made for Christmas


I hope this helps give you some ideas for decorating your mantel or making a centerpiece.  What would you, or have you filled a lantern with?  If you leave a link I’ll be sure to come check it out.

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  1. Thanks for sharing such a fun idea, Stephanie! I’ve come close to buying one of these but never know what to do with it. Now I know! šŸ™‚

  2. Hi Stephanie,

    I love your welcome introduction. I’m excited to see what you have to share.

    Do you have instructions on how to decorate the top of the lantern? I’m sure I can do it, but it’s always fun to see new ideas.

    Thank you for sharing.


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