Do you adorn your home with lanterns? If so, have you ever decorated your lantern with a lantern swag? In this video, I will show you how to make a festive Patriotic Lantern Swag using silk flowers, picks and ribbon. Everyone seems to be decorating with lanterns these days whether it be in the kitchen, living room or porch. So why not add patriotic flair to your lantern when decorating your home this Fourth of July. It can be fun and adds to the festive atmosphere. Pair this lantern swag with your other red, white and blue décor and you will have a nice vignette to enjoy for the entire month. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
How to Make a Festive Patriotic Lantern Swag
Patriotic Ribbon 1.5”
Patriotic Ribbon 2”
1 Large Silk Flower (focal flower)
2 Medium Silk Flower Stems
2 Small Silk Flower Stems
Small Silk Flowers for Filler
Patriotic Pics (I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby)
Small Silk Flower leaves (optional)
Lantern for display (I used and 18” purchased locally but I’ve seen some at Hobby Lobby)
Step 1 – Assemble the Swag
First, measure your lantern height and determine how far down you want your swag to drape. Then assemble a bouquet of picks and flowers in your hand. Stagger the flowers and picks so that they don’t form quite a straight line but you don’t want them too wide either. Start with a base, which I used glittered patriotic picks but you can use greenery too. Then place flowers and picks on top of the base ending with the focal flower, which is closest to your hand.
Now working on the opposite side of your hand place a medium flower, a small flower stem and another patriotic pick so that you now have flowers and picks coming from both sides of your hand but one side is weighted with more items and longer pieces. Make sure to leave enough room for a bow, which will be placed where your hand is holding the stems.
Once you like the placement, zip tie these stems in place with three zip ties and trim the zip ties short. Trim the stems of the flowers and picks to 1″.
Step 2 – Assemble the Bow
Measure out a long ribbon tail using two of the ribbons (a 1.5″ and 2″ widths). This ribbon tail will go behind your base of flowers on the longer side and the length will vary depending on the length of your swag. Once you measure the tail, add an additional 17” (10” for the loop and 7” for the other tail) in length.
Measure out 3-26” ribbon streamers with your other ribbons. Now you should have a total of 5 ribbon streamers (5-2″ and 2-1.5″) with two being longer than the others.
Working with the 2” ribbon and keeping the long tail, pinch in your fingers and measure out 10” then fold the ribbon to the back and pinch at the 10” mark. This makes a 5” loop with two tails, one longer than the other. Twist the ribbon so that the good side of the ribbon faces forward. Do this again for the 1.5” ribbon.
Now make a ribbon loop going in the opposite direction by measuring in 6″ then measuring out 10” forming a 5″ loop and twisting the ribbon. Keep adding ribbon loops and alternating directions until all the streamers are used (see video below). Note: When making your festive patriotic lantern swag, you may need to make your loops larger or smaller depending on your lantern size.
Use floral wire and twist around the ribbon loops tightly forming a bow.
Use the floral wire to attach the bow to the swag on top of the zip ties. Cut the wire short and rap around to the front of the swag.
Step 3 – Hide the Mechanics (optional)
Use small silk flower leaves (or cut larger ones) and hot glue over the zip ties on the back. I typically use 2-3.
Hot glue the long ribbon tails down on the back side of the swag so that it will stay in place and drape behind the swag.
Step 4 – Attach Swag to Lantern
Cut a 20” piece of rustic wire and twist it around the base of the swag on the short end of the swag beside the bow. This is the wire that will be used to tie your swag to your lantern. Now you can attach your swag to the lantern either on top or on the side, depending on your lantern shape.
You will notice that the swag is more horizontal when you first attach it. You want it to be more vertical or even “C” shape. To accomplish this, carefully bend the STEMS of the flowers and picks (NOT the flowers themselves or they will break off) so that they drape more down the front. Bend the focal flowers closer to the bow and bend any picks on top upward so that they stand straight up.
Step 5 – Fill In Around the Bow
Now that your lantern swag is almost complete, we need to finish it off by adding in more flowers and greenery around and inside the bow loops. Use small pieces of flowers and greenery and hot glue them in between the bow loops. Carefully sandwich the hot glued stem in between the bow loops and bow tails until it’s cooled. Do this throughout the bow and don’t forget the sides and back since the lantern swag will be visible from all sides.
There you have it a beautiful patriotic lantern swag.
For complete step-by-step instructions on how to make a festive patriotic lantern swag, watch my youtube video here.
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