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.
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).
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!
Step one was to reattach the battery-operated candles.
To replace the fall leaves, I used a piece of fir garland I’d already cut shorter for a previous project.
It took about 18 inches of garland to fill the bottom of one lantern.
I used 2-inch red baubles to add a bit of color. They kind of look like oversized holly berries.
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!
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.
After cutting the tails short, I tied a small pick with berries, leaves and pine cones to the middle of the bow.
Repeat with the second lantern, and that’s really all there is to it! Quick and easy.
They look great on the stairs, especially at night when the candles (with timers) are burning.
So festive and cheery!
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Carol Karl | Living a Real LifeDecember 28, 2022
I really love this. I have been meaning to spray mine copper but have not yet. Maybe your post will give me the inspiration needed. Thank you.
MariezaDecember 30, 2022
Go for it, Carol! I’m happy I finally did mine.
Barbara at Mantel and TableDecember 19, 2022
You are just amazing! Your lantern is beautiful and you make the transformation look so easy! Thanks for reminding me how fun DIY can be. 🙂 Hope you have a lovely Christmas week!
MariaDecember 18, 2022
This is yet another of your diy projects that is absolutely amazing! Thank you for always sharing in detail. The lanterns are beautiful and it looks stunning and festive on your staircase. Well done and Merry Christmas to you and your family. 🎄
MariezaDecember 19, 2022
Thank you for the kind words! Merry Christmas!
CindyDecember 17, 2022
So pretty and they fille the space perfectly!
MariezaDecember 19, 2022
Thank you so much, Cindy!