Although it is still cold here in the Mitten, that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about spring. Today I’m lucky enough to be participating in a Spring Pinterest Challenge with my blogging friends, hosted by Cindy from County Road 407. I am going to show you how to create a spring lantern – Pinterest challenge with items you may already have on hand.
You may be asking, what is a Pinterest Challenge? A Pinterest Challenge is where we take an inspirational photo and create our own version of it. Below is the pretty lantern for this month’s challenge.
If you have joined me from Lora from Lora Bloomquist Create & Ponder, a big Mitten welcome to you! Lora is a master at giving vintage things new purpose and renewed life. Wasn’t her spring lantern so good?!
My name is Kim and I’m so glad you’re joining me at my Cottage in the Mitten! I live in the beautiful four season state of Michigan and I am currently anxiously waiting for spring! I’m passionate about my faith, family, a good cup of tea and I love home decor! Another tidbit about me, I make blankets for a cause and I would love for you to read all about that in my post The Journey.
Are Lanterns in Style?
Over the last several years, home decor lanterns have made a big comback. Lanterns are timeless and can be used to decorate inside and outside your home.
There are so many ways to use Lanterns in your home. You can use them:
- On bookshelves
- For seasonal decor
- On your porch
- A table centerpiece
- Mantel decor
Styling a Spring Lantern
For this challenge, I wanted to use items that I already had in my home. The items I ended up using are probably items or similar items you currently have in your own home.
For my lantern I used:
- Ceramic bird
- Wooden eggs
- Pretty ribbon
- Greenery – eucalyptus
This is a super easy project! Let’s get started!
Lanterns can come in all colors, shapes and sizes. Last fall, I created some fun lanterns for my bestie’s future DIL’s wedding shower. For those lanterns, I used sunflowers, candles and some fun black and white polka dot ribbon. You can see what I did in my post How to Make an Easy Fall Lantern. As a sweet gesture, my girlfriend gave me one of the lanterns and also a few that they didn’t need. Needless to say, I have a beautiful stash of lanterns.
As you can see the Pinterest inspirational lantern is white. However, all my lanterns are black so that is what I used. Also, I didn’t have any carrots to duplicate the look, so I used some ribbon to adorn the top!
Decorating the Lantern
I wanted to create this spring lantern as a centerpiece for my kitchen table. Normally, I use color in everything I do, but this time I wanted a more neutral look.
One of the lanterns I have has sectional window panes and is slightly bigger than my other ones. Due to the size of my kitchen table, I chose to use that one for this project.
Moss is such a great medium to use for so many projects and it’s perfect for spring. You can find the bagged moss at your local craft store or online. I started by adding moss to the bottom of the lantern. You may have to pull the moss apart to get it spread out.
Once I had enough moss, I added the wooden eggs on top of the moss. It’s kind of hard to tell as the reflection of the eggs is deceiving. I used four eggs inside.
Next, I added the ceramic bird to the center. If you don’t have a bird, how about using a bunny?
I love making bows. I believe a pretty bow can add so much to a project! Because this was such a simple craft, adding a pretty bow to the top of the lantern was a must. If you prefer a more colorful bow that works too.
Once the inside of the lantern was complete, I added the eucalyptus garland, laid out some wooden eggs, and finsihed the centerpiece with some brass candlesticks.
See how easy that was! I had everything at home and didn’t buy a thing to create it.
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How to Create a Spring Lantern – Pinterest Challenge
Now, make sure you go see my friend Niky from The House on Silverado. You’re going to love her Spring Lantern Home Decor Ideas!
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I have given you a little spring inspiration. If you’re new to my Cottage in the Mitten, I’d love for you to join me here on a regular basis!
Keep thinking about spring. It will be here before we know it!
Until next time, friends!
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Mary K Blaine says
What a great aping idea. I am going to find one and use your blog today as my inspiration. I love the bird ideas for spring.
Thanks Kay! Glad I inspired you! 💛
Renae Frey says
I love this! Absolutely adorable! So fun hopping with you today!
Thank you, Renae!
HI Kim, I love the addition of the candlesticks and that ribbon is perfect.
great job! laura in Colorado
Thanks Laura! The ribbon is one I’ve had for awhile but had yet to use!
Lynne Zemaitis says
Such a pretty Spring vignette, Kim! I love the ceramic bird and the addition of the eucalyptus. It looks great on your table. Happy Spring, my friend! xo
Thanks Lynne! I’m enjoying spring inside even if it isn’t outside! Happy spring to you!!
Lora Bloomquist says
Really like your version with the bird, Kim. Perfect for early Spring!
Thank you, Lora!
Laura Ingalls Gunn says
I love the spin you put on the inspiration photo. The bird is so pretty!
Thank you, Lora!
Cindy LONG says
This is so charming Kim, I love your use of the eggs and bow! And look at us thinking the same thing of using a wreath to sit the lantern in…brilliant 😉 Hope Spring makes it your way soon! It was 77° here today!
Great minds! We are supposed to get snow tonight, but I can still dream!! 😊
Barbara Chapman says
Kim, I love that you have so many lanterns to pick from now! Such a nice gift… <3 I love that you chose to use a little bird instead of a rabbit! Totally unique!!
Enjoy your sweet vignette and Happy almost spring and Easter,
Thank you so much, Barbara!
Rachel Harper says
Your lantern looks amazing. I loved the bird and the wreath idea.
Thank you so much, Rachel!
Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says
You make it look so easy Kim! Lovely centerpiece and wonderful spin on the PC with the cute ceramic bird!
Thank you, Michelle!
Oh my I have everything you used but never thought about putting them together. Thank you for the inspiration!
Oh, I’m so glad you were inspired!
I love your lantern, Kim. SO adorable. I’m going to share a link to your post in my recap this weekend. I think it will give others some fresh new ideas for how to decorate for spring.
Thanks for sharing. Hugs!
Awe, thank you, Jen!! I’m so glad you like it and grateful for your share! Happy dreaming of spring, friend!💛
So glad you joined us this month Kim. Your kitchen table vignette turned out perfectly! Love that you didn’t use a tray but the greenery instead and I NEED some of those wooden eggs. 🙂 So cute! Hoping the Mitten turns green soon.
I seem to always use a tray and felt the need to switch it up! Thanks Cindy!
I love birds, especially for spring decor, so seeing your twist on this challenge made me smile. Super cute!
Thank you, Niky!
Kim this is beautifully done! I love all the bunnies! Hope you had a wonderful birthday <3
Kim, your black lantern is a winner. Love your pretty ribbon as a topper. The Easter eggs are a nice touch.
Thanks so much, Carol! I love a pretty ribbon!
Kim, your lantern turned out beautiful. Your granddaughter will love it.
Thanks Tammy! She will be opening it and pulling everything out of it! LOL
Lovely. I really like the wreath of leaves around the bottom. Very pretty and dramatic.
Thank you, Leanna!
I love seeing these Pinterest challenge blog posts to see how you ladies put your own twist on something. I love the lantern you created Kim! It’s so cute for spring or Easter. I love playing with ribbon and making bows too! Have a wonderful weekend!
Easy and fun! That’s what I like. Thanks so much, Heidi!