How to Make a Summer Sunflower Lantern Swag

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How to Make a Summer Sunflower Lantern Swag

Today in the wreath shop, I’m showing you how to make a Summer Sunflower Lantern Swag using sunflowers and ribbon.   In case you didn’t know, a lantern swag is a flower arrangement to place on top of your lanterns to add a pop of color or to help decorate for the holidays.  This post contains some affiliate links for your crafting convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

How to Make a Summer Sunflower Lantern Swag

Today’s video, we’re creating a sunflower lantern swag. You can use a lantern you already have on hand or purchase one from a home decor store or even on Amazon. 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 a Summer Sunflower Lantern Swag

  • Make a funky bow! See video below for detailed instructions.
  • Cut the leaves off of the sunflower stem.
  • Prep all of your picks and florals by expanding their petals and leaves out because they are usually flat when they are shipped.
  • Cut the individual stems off of the azalea bush.
  • Start making the swag by layering the various elements. You’ll want to begin with your largest piece, which for this swag is the sunflower.
  • Slightly bend the stem of the sunflower just below the flower. Add the mini sunflower pick and two azalea stems next to it.
  • Now begin adding items in the opposite direction, first with the greenery pick and then 2 more red azalea stems.
  • As you go, zip tie the pieces together. Use more as needed if you are having trouble holding them.
  • Attach the bow to the swag. Note: If the ribbon doesn’t lay exactly where you would like, place a small dot of hot glue to keep it in place.
  • Cut off any excess stems that stick out from the arrangement.
  • Attach rustic wire to the back of the swag to allow for easy hanging. I used about 20 inches of wire.
  • Use small leftover silk flower leaves in you want and hot glue them anywhere zip ties or wire is showing.
  • Attach the swag to your lantern. My lantern has a little round top to it that you can wrap the wire around. If you do not have that on your lantern, you can also attach it to the corner of the handle.
  • For a special touch, I hot glue extra greenery and yellow berry stems into the bow loops.
  • Don’t forget to decorate the inside of the lantern! Add a battery-operated candle, pine cones, ornaments, 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.

How to make a Summer Sunflower Lantern Swag Video…

I hope you enjoyed this Summer Sunflower Lantern Swag tutorial. Let me know if you enjoyed this tutorial so I know to do more of them!  You can learn to make other types of bows here and don’t forget to join me on Facebook Live, most Thursdays 7:30PM EST.

I would be honored for you to join me in my wreath making of the month club!  I’m having a blast teaching hundreds the art of wreath making!

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Happy Wreathing,


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  1. Linda Welling on June 12, 2017 at 10:19 am

    My friend sent me your link, wow I love ❤️ you already. Thank you for sharing your heart…

  2. Sherrie Trobaugh on September 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Julie I love all of your videos! You and the Trendy Tree ladies are my favorite channels. I have learned a lot from you. I am a member of the Wreath Making of the Month Club and I am enjoying it. Can you remember where you bought the gingham and burlap ribbon you used in this lantern swag video? I have searched the Internet and I can’t find it. I think it is really pretty ribbon.

    Thanks again for all of the tutorials.


    • Julie Siomacco on September 30, 2017 at 10:26 am

      I purchased from Carolina Pottery. You could probably call them and ask if you don’t see it on their website. Make sure to tell them Julie with Southern Charm Wreaths sent you.

  3. Kathleen on March 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Beautiful swag! I enjoyed watching your tutorial; easy to follow. I am inspired to create, thank you! 🙂

  4. Sharon on April 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    First time I saw your work. I love the lantern swag. Was glueing my flowers on the lantern. I,m going to try this. Keep up the good ideas!

    • Julie Siomacco on April 12, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Oh, no. Don’t do that…then you’ll never be able to switch it out.

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