Good morning to you from the still very summery Mitten! Even though I am still basking in all the sunshine that I can get, today my friend Pasha from Pasha Is Home, is hosting myself and some other friends and we are bringing you some early fall inspiration! I am going to show you how to make my take on an easy decorated fall lantern.
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If you have headed over from my friend Rachel, from The Ponds Farmhouse, didn’t she share the best ideas for fall decorating outdoors? So many good ones! Definitely made me excited for my outdoor plans!
If this is your first time here, I’m Kim! I love sharing decor, my blankets, my weekly Mitten Moments, and life along the way. I’d love for you to join me regularly!
I was recently reminded of fall. What reminded me of fall? My dear friend asked me to help create a easy lantern centerpiece with sunflowers for her future daughter-in-law’s wedding shower.
Yes, sunflowers are summery but they have always reminded me of fall too.
Like I mentioned, you can use sunflowers in your summer decor and they are also the perfect flower to use leading into the fall season.
So if you decide to make one now, it’s a great piece to transition from summer and continue to use in your fall decor.
“I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” – Unknown
This lantern won’t take you long at all to complete and the supply list is very small.
I love an easy craft!
- Black and white ribbon
- Faux sunflowers
Where To Place the Flower & Ribbon
There were eight lanterns needed for the shower, so for this project I did a variation in how I placed the flower and ribbon. I put some flowers on the left side, some on the right, and some on the top of the lantern. I like the variation so that each table centerpiece matched, however they just looked a little different.
For this project I used faux sunflowers. Now is a great time to buy them as most the summer and fall florals are on sale.
The first thing I did was cut my flowers from the bunch. You want to cut them long enough to wind the stem around the top or side of your lantern.
Next I cut my ribbon. I suggest cutting a sample piece first to make sure it’s the length that you are going for. I used yarn for my sample length. Once I figured out the length, I started cutting my ribbon.
My finished piece ended up being about 19 inches long. Depending on the size of your lantern, you may choose to make it shorter or longer. The lanterns I used were 12 inches tall.
I chose black and white ribbon with white polka dots for the lanterns. The ribbon seemed to coordinate well with the sunflower and I love the whimsy it added to the lantern.
- Each sunflower is actually thousands of teeny flowers
- Sunflowers are native to North America
- There are around 70 species of sunflowers
- The tallest sunflower on record was over 30 feet tall
- Sunflowers track the sun throughout the day
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Last step I added a candle to the inside of the lantern. If you don’t want to use a candle, I’ve given you a list below of some other great items to use.
What Can You Put In Your Fall Lantern?
There are so many other options that you can use to fill your lantern with besides candles.
Some other examples could be:
- small pumpkins
- twinkle lights
- fall leaves (real or faux can be used)
- Pinecones and acorns
My Easy Fall Lantern & The Shower
I am happy to report that the lanterns were a hit at the bridal shower! The centerpieces were given away as gifts to one person at each table. A simple yet pretty gift.
The sad news…I forgot to take pictures of them at the shower.
Next up on our early fall tour is my friend Robyn, from Robyn’s French Nest. She will be sharing 17 Fall Decor Accessories for Your Home. Her post is one you won’t want to miss!
I hope you enjoyed my easy tutorial and try creating one yourself!
As always, I’m so grateful you stopped by today!
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Kim! I love these!! They look beautiful and absolutely perfect for Fall!!! ❤️
Thank you, friend! Happy Tuesday!
Jennifer Howard says
Good morning! These came out so cute!! Have a fun day with the kiddos!!
Super cute idea. So much fun hopping with you. Happy Fall!
Thanks Renae! Happy fall to you too!
Your lantern is just adorable. I love the details you added.
I appreciate that! Thank you, Rachel!
Kim, these lanterns are adorable and perfect for the fall. Got to love an easy craft project!
Yes, and this one couldn’t be easier! Thanks, Tammy!
Super, super cute, Kim! I love the sunflowers against the black of the lantern!
Thanks, Robyn! So cheerful, right?
Oh how fun. These look so pretty and you make it seem so easy too. Thanks.
They are so easy, Marty! 🙂
Brendt Blanks says
I am going to have to try this, Kim…pinned!
Cheers to fall, my friend.
I’m so glad you liked it, Brendt! Happy fall! 💛
Melaine Thompson says
So cute, it would make a great hostess gift!
What a great idea, Melaine! I didn’t even think about that! 🙂
Such a pretty lantern for fall, Kim! I love the sunflower detail. I pinned it to my fall board to share. Love it!
Kim these are adorable! Great details and enjoy your day with the kids!
Kristin | White Arrows Home says
Oh this is so cute! Such a great idea!
Such a fun project! I love a simple DIY!
Pasha is Home says
wow Kim – these are sooo cute! I bet they were a huge hit at the shower- and how fun to send them home as prizes ;)!
Yes! They looked so pretty on the tables!
These lanterns are so adorable Kim! I love the ribbon you selected to go with the sunflower! Pinning for later!!!
You are so kind! Thanks Heidi!
Carol Karl | Living a Real Life says
Great inspiration here, Kim. I especially love the lantern – I have one just like it so I may have to copy this. Thank you.
Thanks Carol! I hope you do!
Your lanterns turned out so darn cute, Kim. What a fun idea for fall! Happy to be hopping with you this week. Pinned!
Thank you, Jen! Fun and easy. 🙂
Wendy McMonigle says
Such a darling way to dress up a simple lantern, you are so crative Kim.
You are kind, Wendy! I like simple and easy. Thank you!
Such a cute set of lanterns! The polka dot ribbon and sunflowers are the perfect accent for this time of year! Happy day, Donna
Thanks Donna! I’m so happy with how they turned out!
Rachel - Tea and Forget-me-nots says
These are lovely! I’ve just started growing sunflowers in my garden so this is perfect.
Oh, that is perfect! Hope you get to make one!
I have a couple roadside finds I need to update. They’ve got a great galvanized patina but not my style anymore.
You could use spray paint to update them. Thanks for stopping by!