How to Make a Christmas Lantern Swag

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How to make a festive Christmas Lantern Swag

Today we’re making a festive Christmas Lantern Swag! Many of you saw pictures of the one’s I made for a client and you went crazy for them so I want to show you how to make your own. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

How to Make a Christmas Lantern Swag

In today’s video, we’re creating a Christmas Lantern Swag. You can use a lantern you already have on hand or purchase one from a home decor store like these from Pier One or a craft store. Today’s swag is based on a candy cane theme but of course you can use whatever you would like that would fit into your own decor. You could also attach this lantern swag to a wreath, add it to a garland, attach it to your mailbox and more! Here’s how:

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How to make Christmas Lantern Swags:

  • If you’re using an ornament in your swag, hot glue the top on so it will not come loose when attaching it to your arrangement.
  • Choose which picks you would like to use as your Christmas Lantern Swag base. I like to use one that is longer (one that points to the bottom) and one that is shorter (pointing to the top).
  • Next, add in the fun picks you want to use (in mine, I used the peppermint candy picks, tinsel, etc).  You can work on each side separately if that is easier for you.
  • Zip tie the two sides together by adding a zip tie in the middle. If you worked on both sides separately, you will want to zip tie each side separately and then add one zip tie to the center. Be sure to leave enough room for your bow, I leave about the size of my fist in the middle.
  • Trim the excess off the zip tie using wire cutters or scissors.
  • Now it’s time to work on the bow. For this lantern swag I used my technique called the Funky Bow. For detailed instructions, visit my how to video here.
  • Attach the bow to the swag. The wire should straddle the stems and then twist around in the back of the arrangement.
  • Next, use your wire cutters to trim off any extra stems sticking out in the back.
  • For a professional finish, cover the back wire etc. by applying leaves with hot glue. Tip: I keep all of my extra leaves and stems when I trim excess off of arrangements and use these for this step.
  • If you would like to ensure parts of your bow stay in place, simply apply a small bead of hot glue to adhere the ribbon pieces to the arrangement.
  • Use the rustic wire to attach your swag to the lantern. Cut a piece of the wire (I used approximately 23 inches of wire) and thread it through the top half of the swag. Next, wrap the wire around the top lip of the lantern.
  • Your arrangement should now be laying vertical on the lantern. It is time to start maneuvering the swag into position. Bend the bottom of the swag downward and move around any of the candy picks etc. to give the swag more dimension. Don’t be scared, it’s just wire and will bend with a little man handling.  Make sure your bow is facing up and all decorations are fluffed and not flat.
  • You can now add more items to the bow and any other area that looks bare. For my swag, I added more of the tinsel pick to the bow. To do this, I first cut the stems from the pick, placed each stem where I wanted it and then hot glued it in place. Remember, you always want to place your items and try them out first, then glue last!
  • Don’t forget to decorate the inside of the lantern! Add a battery-operated candle, some ornaments, greenery, whatever you would like. Just remember not to burn a real candle in the lantern as the heat from the candle is a hazard with the swag on the top.

Alright, here we go to the video….

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If you enjoyed this post, you might also like:

How to Make a Christmas Picture Frame Wreath

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  1. Patricia Stanovic on December 2, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I made a Lantern swag for Christmas but it is not half as pretty as yours!
    Thank you for taking the time to be a perfectionist! You are so talented. I am taking mine apart & following you on the tutorial Thanks for being there for me! Hugs Pat from Ohio.

  2. jane on December 2, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Your videos are delightful and easy to follow. The lantern swag is gorgeous! Your talent is immense!

    Thanks so much!


  3. Annmarie Zarzecki on December 2, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    This Lantern Swag is just so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your talents with us! Many blessings to you and your family during this holiday season!

  4. linda lisk on December 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    I purchased your fall swag video among others and it was in 4 parts. I saved it but now I can’t find the pass word to open it. Please advise.
    Linda Lisk

  5. Trina on December 4, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Don’t know how I missed that one live but it was a great replay! Now off to my “Craft Room” to try it my self. Thank you Julie,,,,

  6. Kim Moorman on December 27, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for the instructional video’s very helpful! Thank you- Kim

  7. Phaedra Ellingson on November 8, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    What a fantastic idea for a lantern. I’m from chilly Washington State (23 degrees). Thank you for the video, enjoyed listening to you and see how you did this.


  8. Anne DOHERTY on November 22, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    love your artistic flair, you make it look possible for anyone to achieve, will definitely be trying this one.
    Thank you for sharing, happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

  9. Martha Hilton on November 23, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Great video

  10. Bonnie on November 27, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Hi From Maine

  11. Gail on November 28, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Thank you – I learned so much from you. One suggestion – wait until the end to answer questions. The constant manipulation with your iPad was distracting.

  12. Lynette on December 7, 2019 at 12:42 am

    What is your source for lanterns?

    • Julie Siomacco on December 9, 2019 at 10:32 am

      Carolina Pottery

  13. elle w gull on February 8, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you. I saw a valentine’s lantern on pinterest, and was searching online, how to create these multi-ribbon bows when I came across this video. It was very helpful. I will also be watching how to make a picture frame swag video.

  14. Eileen Katzer on November 13, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you, your lantern for Christmas so just beautiful.

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