Fall Lantern Floral Arrangement Tutorial

Create your own Fall Lantern Swags

Lanterns are so popular and for good reason.  They are inexpensive, can be easily decorated and make a huge impact to your seasonal decor.   Today I am sharing two large white lanterns that are a perfect backdrop to neutral fall decorating.  Both of these lanterns are lit by flame less  electric candles that turn on by remote.  These “candles”  make me feel much more secure about adding fabric ribbons to any of the lantern surfaces.

I have arranged a multitude of different vignettes inside the  lanterns,  A miniature winter farm scene may be an idea for Christmas but for this Fall I thought it would be nice to decorate the fall lanterns on the outside.

I don’t recommend using real candles for two reasons, the fire hazard and I wouldn’t want to make my floral supplies smell like smoke.  If your an all adult household like we are, you can choose scented candles, but with the understanding you never actually light them.

I created two different sets of lanterns this year and my older lanterns in traditional Fall oranges and rusts are getting a quick update to last one more season.  My new favorite large neutral lanterns are getting a lantern swag for the joy of creating them.  For each lantern is takes less than half an hour to finish these Lantern swags.  Enjoy making them.

Fall Lantern Decorating Tutorial

Make the Bows

Your will need wired ribbon for this Fall craft, regular fabric ribbon does not hold in place.

The next step is deciding  what size you need your ribbon bows to be.  This varies depending on the size of the lantern. The lanterns are 8 inches wide so the ribbons are being made six inches wide.

Roll the ribbon into  six inch wide loops.  Wrap the ribbon six times creating six layers.

How to fold the ribbon for a DIY lantern flower arrangements for fall decor

Once you have the loops made, gather the center and tie to hold in place.  I like to use raffia, but you can use ribbon or florist wire.a

Folding ribbon for a DIY fall lantern idea. Pretty fall decorating.

Once the center is secure fluff the ribbon.  Pull one loop out and lift Up, pull the next loop out and pull Down.  Repeat for all the loops.

How to fluff ribbon as part of a fall arrangement and pretty fall lantern.

If you prefer a video I illustrated how to do this same style of ribbon on a Christmas gift.

Attach Ribbons to Lantern

Wire your ribbons into place on your lanterns according to your preference.  In these examples, the orange lanterns ribbons were placed on opposite sides.  When the lanterns are put together the two arrangements meet together in the center as a focal point.

For the white lanterns, the ribbons were attached with wire on the same side of each lantern so there is no central focal point.

Two sets of lanterns decorated with ribbons, in two different places to illustrate placement,

Add the Flowers

Build the floral arrangements in groups of threes based on a visual triangle.  I have started a triangle using the ribbon and then the two large red flowers.

You can add extra elements building the triangle outwards.   Here I have added the orange flowers to the top and side, the bottom of the triangle is lengthened with the raffia tails.


DIY lantern flower arrangement tutorial for fall lanterns.


Continue adding other elements anywhere you want for more height or width.   The hint is to do it in threes. If you add to one side, you need to add to the others to keep your arrangement balanced.

Once the triangular arrangement is the way you like it,  add a focal point to give depth to the arrangement.a

Traditional fall decor with lanterns ribbon and flowers. DIY home decorating idea for fall.

The Neutral Lanterns

Although these lantern flower arrangements look very different the process is basically the same.

Two large white Fall lanterns with DIY neutral flower arrangements. New Fall Decorating Ideas for home decor.

The white lanterns are much larger than the orange lanterns.   For a  very large lantern you create bows the same way but each lantern gets two ribbons.   This keeps the loops from being too long and floppy.

For the larger lanterns, I chose larger blossoms but still built the arrangements in triangles.  Think of a clock face, place the first ribbon at 10 pm, the second ribbon at 2 am, and then some long greenery at 7 am.  Once they are wired to the lantern, fill in with the large flowers, and then finally the little flowers to fill in any gaps.

Filling the Lanterns

In both these examples I used some very simple display items inside the lanterns including candles.   Using battery powered sparkle lights in another alternative.

I enjoy decorating with sparkle lights, and in my humble opinion with the long dark evenings of Fall, lighting is more important than the daytime appearance is.  Especially if your working.

Here is a tour of  our Fall Home at Night.


Two large white lanterns for Fall Decorating ideas, in white with pretty DIY floral swags on top.


  1. What a fun seasonal project! Easily transition to other seasons as necessary.

  2. Both sets are pretty but I am partial to the off white shabby chic look. They are beautiful. I really need to get some lanterns.

  3. Just gorgeous! I love both of your projects! Great tips on the triangle method also!

    Thank you for sharing over at Waste Not Wednesday! Can’t wait to see what you have been up to this week! 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Sam: I am slowly fading the oranges out of my fall decor. I love the orange lanterns though, so I decided to use them as well. Thank you for commenting. Leanna

  4. Your work is absolutely exquisite Leanna! I have to say I am partial to the white pair of lanterns. I’ve been moving away from color this past year.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Mary: Funny you say that, I am moving into the neutrals as well. I ended up placing the orange lanterns on my bedroom dresser where as the white ones are in the main area. I think I will end up painting the orange ones.

      Thanks for commenting.


  5. These are great tips for creating aesthetically pleasing floral designs! I love both of your lantern sets although since we’re on the cusp of fall, I’m especially drawn to the oranges and reds right now. Thanks for sharing your great tips with us at Merry Monday this week!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Marie: I was hoping breaking it down into little steps would help. I will post on Merry Monday again. Thanks for commenting.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Marie: Yes I got it at Michael’s, its one of those ribbons you grab when you see it and then figure out how your going to use it. Thank you stopping by. I will look for your pumpkin topiaries on The Interior Frugalista.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Christine: Thank you for your comment, its nice to know you like them.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Kathryn: The groups of three really break the arranging down into manageable steps. Thank you for commenting.


    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Rebecca. The arrangement add a change to the everyday lanterns.

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