Make a Christmas Lantern in a Few Easy Steps

When I decorated the entryway and stairs for Christmas, I was looking for something to put on the two-tiered stair landing, which always looks very bare and empty in photos. Lanterns are the perfect fillers for this space! I found two fall lanterns in the storage room that I used to decorate the porch a few years ago. Let me show you how easy converting them into Christmas lanterns was.

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Each lantern has a little door, which makes it easy to remove the fall leaves and battery-operated candles (held in place by two small screws each).

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I sprayed them with my favorite gold spray paint. Once the paint was dry, it took me less than 15 minutes to finish these Christmas lanterns. So quick and easy!

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Step one was to reattach the battery-operated candles.

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To replace the fall leaves, I used a piece of fir garland I’d already cut shorter for a previous project.

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It took about 18 inches of garland to fill the bottom of one lantern.

Making a christmas lantern with greenery and baubles

I used 2-inch red baubles to add a bit of color. They kind of look like oversized holly berries.

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On the outside, I tied a bow around each lantern’s top, using green velvet wired ribbon.

Before pulling the ribbon tight, I placed a wire tie underneath it. I love using these versatile ties that blend in perfectly with most greenery. They are great for hanging garlands on the stair rails!

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When making bows, they are excellent at keeping everything together without making big bulky knots with the ribbon.

I made a double bow, and one quick twist keeps everything together.

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After cutting the tails short, I tied a small pick with berries, leaves and pine cones to the middle of the bow.

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Repeat with the second lantern, and that’s really all there is to it! Quick and easy.

Christmas lantern on a stair lantern

They look great on the stairs, especially at night when the candles (with timers) are burning.

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So festive and cheery!

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