Learn how to make a festive Christmas lantern swag this holiday season! It’s a simple project that will come together in under 30 minutes and add a glittery seasonal flair wherever you display it.
Hey, y’all! Parker and I are getting ready to leave to go to Washington D.C. We’ve been selected (as one of about 50 designers) to help decorate the White House for the holidays this year!
But, before we go, we’ve been busy wrapping things up and getting ready to be gone. I’ve been filming some tutorials, and today I have a beautiful Christmas lantern swag design to share with you!
This project comes together in under 30 minutes and is so much fun to make. You can attach the swag to a lantern and use it as part of your decor. If you plan to sell it, I recommend only selling the swag. Don’t attach it to a lantern and sell it because shipping it will be a nightmare!
In addition to attaching this swag to a lantern, you can attach the same design to a grapevine wreath, a post, or even just display it on your holiday mantle.
Supplies Needed To Make A Holiday Lantern Swag
Here’s what you’ll need to make this fun and beautiful lantern swag project.
- Swag base
- 2 greenery stems evergreen
- 3 picks and sprays silver leaves, glitter beads
- 3 1.5 wired ribbon
- Pipe cleaners
- stem cutter
- Hot glue gun
- EZ Bow Maker
How To Make A Christmas Lantern Swag
Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a lantern swag you can display with the rest of your Christmas decorations.
Take the extra piece that you cut off from the swag base and add your greenery pieces to it using the swag branches as twist ties. Insert one greenery piece in from the top and one in from the bottom.
Remove the pine cones.
Take the stems of glitter beads and spread them apart. Then, insert one stem from each end of the swag just like you did with the greenery pieces.
Pull all of the pieces forward just a little to add some depth to the project.
Begin making your bow. Take your 1st ribbon and measure 10” tails with 6” loops.
Next, take your 2nd ribbon and repeat the process, making your loops about 5.5-inches. Stagger this ribbon over your first ribbon in an “X” shape.
Repeat the same process one more time with your 3rd ribbon, making the loops just a little smaller at 5”.
Add a pipe cleaner through the middle of the bow to secure it then give it a good twist.
Attach the bow to your swag using the same pipe cleaner and dovetail the tails.
Pro Tip: If you twist your pipe cleaner tight enough, your bow will perk up. If your bow is still flopping around, tighten your pipe cleaner more.
It’s time to make some ribbon tails!
Cut an 8” length of each of your three ribbons and stack them all on top of each other. Grab a pipe cleaner and bundle the ends of the ribbons together, securing them with a pipe cleaner.
Attach into the top end of your swag. Spread the tails out and dovetail the ends. This makes the ribbon tails look like they keep flowing.
Repeat the same process for the bottom end of your swag.
Let’s attach the swag to the lantern. Cut a length of ribbon about 24” or so. Run the ribbon through the swag and make a knot around the swag.
Then, tie the ribbon around the top of the lantern.
Let’s add a few frosted and silver leaves to the swag base. For each piece, add a dab of hot glue and insert it into the swag base. Insert the pieces throughout the swag.
Make A Christmas Lantern Swag You’ll Love!
I absolutely love how this swag turned out! It’s airy, glittery, and full of Christmas red, white, and silver.
If you love holiday wreaths, make sure to check out some of our other wreath designs:
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- How To Make Holiday DIY Tree Centerpieces
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- ‘Meet Me Under The Mistletoe’ Christmas Wreath
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DIY Christmas Lantern Swag
- Trim the tip off the swag base and discard the main part of the base. Add your greenery pieces to both ends of it using the swag branches as twist ties. Cut off the pine cones.
- Spread apart the stems of glitter beads and insert one stem from each end of the swag just like you did with the greenery pieces.
- Let's make a bow. Measure out 10” tails with 6” loops with your first ribbon. Repeat the process with your 2nd ribbon, making your loops a little smaller (5.5-inches). Repeat the same process one last time with your last ribbon, making the loops 5”.
- Secure your bow by wrapping a pipe cleaner through the middle and giving it a good twist. Use the pipe cleaner to attach the bow to the swag. Dovetail the tails.
- Cut an 8” length of each of your three ribbons and stack them all on top of each other to make ribbon tails. Bundle the ends of the ribbons together and secure them with a pipe cleaner.Attach them to the top end of your swag. Spread the tails out and dovetail the ends. Repeat the same process for the bottom end of your swag.
- Cut a length of ribbon about 24” or so. Run the ribbon through the swag and make a knot around the swag. Then tie the ribbon around the top of the lantern.
- Add a few sprigs of frosted and silver leaves to the swag base. Secure each piece with a dab of hot glue on the end before inserting it into the swag base. Insert the pieces throughout the swag design.
Just pin this Christmas lantern swag DIY tutorial to save these instructions for a later time!