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!

Don’t you?

Supply List

  • Black and white ribbon
  • Faux sunflowers
  • lantern
  • candle

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.

Step One

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.

Step Two

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

Step Three

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
  • gourds
  • 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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Early Fall Inspiration from 17 Talented Bloggers

Fall Decor Ideas // My Sweet Savannah

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7 Simple Ways To Transition From Summer To Fall Decor // Midwest Life and Style

Four Fun Ideas for How to Decorate for Fall // Pasha is Home

5 Cozy Farmhouse Console Table Decor Ideas for Fall // She Gave It A Go

Early Autumn Decorating Ideas for Your Porch // Simply 2 Moms

15 Ideas for Fall Decorating Outdoors // The Ponds Farmhouse

How to Make an Easy Fall Lantern // Cottage in the Mitten

17 Fall Decor Accessories for Your Home // Robyn’s French Nest

Early Fall Decor Ideas Before Pumpkins // White Arrows Home

7 Easy Ways to Transition your Home to Fall // A Life Unfolding

Easily Transition Summer To Fall – Guest Bedroom // A Stroll Thru Life

Countertop Decor for a Cozy Fall Kitchen // Eleanor Rose Home

10 Fall Decor Ideas for your Entryway // Trueman’s Treasures

How to Create a Beautiful Lakeside Fall Table Setting // Peacock Ridge Farm

6 Easy Ways To Transition Your Porch From Summer To Fall // White Lilac Farmhouse

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