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Have you ever gazed at a beautifully adorned lantern swag, marveled at its intricate details, and thought to yourself, “I wish I could make that”? Maybe it was in your favorite wreath shop or perhaps you spotted one in a chic vendor booth at a craft show. You’re not alone.

The good news is creating lantern swags doesn’t have to be an elusive skill reserved for professional florists or seasoned DIYers. In fact, with the right guidance and some practice, anyone can master this art form!

Let’s dive into crafting versatile lantern swags, suitable for all seasons and occasions. You’ll learn how diverse greenery textures can elevate your design! These eye-catching pieces don’t just light up a room—they open endless possibilities for personalization. Excited? Strap in because here we go!

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lantern with floral arrangement

Creating a Versatile Lantern Swag

The art of creating a lantern swag is both fun and rewarding. A versatile lantern swag can be used for various seasons and occasions, including weddings and Mother’s Day.

Choosing the Right Lantern

Selecting an ideal lantern is essential. Different shapes like dome-shaped or size lanterns offer unique aesthetic appeals to your final product.

Selecting Greenery with Varied Textures

Incorporating greenery with different textures such as beads, seeds, flat leaves, or ferns not only adds depth but also enhances visual appeal in your lantern swags.

Moving on to other elements – zip ties and pipe cleaners are key components that help assemble everything together into one beautiful piece. So don’t forget them.

close up of bow on a lantern swag

Crafting the Perfect Bow for Your Lantern Swag

Creating a perfect bow can be an art. But with the right materials like a two and a half-inch polka dot ribbon with burlap, it becomes simple. This is your secret weapon to create that lush, full-bodied look.

Folding and Looping Techniques

To start, use a EZ Bow Maker. It’s not just about folding; looping plays its part too. A little twist here, a gentle pull there – you’re shaping beauty.

The real hack? Not being afraid of making mistakes. Each fold or loop doesn’t need to be precise – embrace imperfections because they add character.

Bows are essential in wreath decor as they give volume and draw attention towards the design elements used in lantern swags such as hydrangea lantern toppers or daisy lantern swags during special occasions like weddings.

Attaching the Bow and Additional Fillers to Your Lantern Swag

After crafting your bow, it’s time for the fun part – attaching it along with other fillers. Start by grabbing your pink hydrangeas and berries. Use 7 chenille stems to attach these elements securely.

This technique not just ensures everything is in place, but also provides you the ability to make alterations as desired. Next, take a step back and look at your work so far. Adjust until you’re happy with how things are placed.

Once you’ve placed your components, this is where artistic expression really comes to the fore. The more varied fillers you use (I love using pink hydrangeas), the richer your lantern swag will look. Just remember: there’s no right or wrong way here.

Securing Your Lantern Swag to the Lantern

Once you’ve crafted your lantern swag, it’s time to attach it securely. But how? Well, let me tell you a little secret: zip ties. They’re like magic wands for crafters.

Where could I place them? You’ll want to loop them through holes in the lantern or around the base. If there aren’t any suitable spots on your particular model, no worries – get creative.

In my experience, there are always ways around these minor obstacles when creating wreath decor. And trust me; with this technique, your beautiful hydrangea lantern topper will stay right where it should – even during those hectic Mardi Gras celebrations.

The Versatility of Lantern Swags

Lantern swags are not just for Christmas; their versatility is truly impressive. You can use them to enhance the ambiance during weddings, giving your decor a unique touch of elegance. With a bit of creativity, they seamlessly blend with wedding decor or stand out as stunning table centerpieces.

As we transition through seasons, lantern swags can be easily adapted to suit the occasion. For instance, using hydrangea lantern toppers and floral arrangements during springtime breathes life into your spaces. During fall and winter holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, you might opt for wreaths that incorporate season-appropriate colors and elements such as pinecones or holly berries.

A daisy lantern swag, on Mother’s Day provides an unexpected yet charming decoration alternative.

So next time when you plan any celebration or want to spruce up your home décor for different seasons don’t forget about these versatile decorations.

Lantern Swag Materials and Tools

Creating a lantern swag requires some specific materials. For your lantern swag, you’ll require a styrofoam base that serves as the groundwork for your design.

Silk flowers are another key component. They give life to your lantern swags, creating an appealing visual contrast with the inanimate elements of your creation.

Ribbon tails add flow and movement to the piece. Opting for vibrant colors like red or white can help draw attention to your beautiful work of art.

Choosing Your Ribbon

The ribbon you choose can significantly impact the final look of your lantern swag. A rule-of-thumb is that it should complement both the silk flowers and any other decor on display where you intend to place this item.

Remember, there’s no hard-and-fast rule about what kind of ribbon works best – so feel free to experiment until you find something that suits your style.

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DIY Feminine Lantern Swag

Feminine design with pink hydrangeas and greenery.


  • 1 Dome shaped lantern base
  • 2 Greenery picks
  • 1 Hydrangea floral pick
  • Zip ties
  • 1 ribbon


Prep your base.

  • Start with a large dome shaped lantern base.

Make your greenery and floral swag.

  • Take 2 large greenery picks and fluff them out.
  • Trim the ends of the picks.
  • Lay the 2 large picks together to make a swag.
  • Add a large hydrangea floral pick to the top of the swag.
  • Add a filler flower to the swag.
  • Secure the swag using zip ties.
  • Fluff out your swag.

Make and add your bow.

  • Take 1 ribbon and make a bow with 5 loops.
  • Secure it with a pipe cleaner.
  • Add the bow to the center of the swag using the pipe cleaner.
  • Trim the ends keeping a long curly tail to the bottom.
  • Dovetail the ends.

Add your swag to the lantern.

  • Take your swag to the top of the lantern using zip ties.



So, you’ve journeyed through the world of crafting a versatile lantern swag. You’ve discovered how diverse lantern shapes can influence your design and explored varied textures of greenery. And that’s not all.

You’ve also mastered creating beautiful bows with ribbon hacks and folding techniques. Hydrangeas, berries, or perhaps some leftover supplies from previous projects found their place in your creation too.

You learned to securely attach your crafted masterpiece to any lantern using zip ties—another skill added to your repertoire! The fun doesn’t stop there!

We unveiled the versatility of these stunning pieces as wedding decor or seasonal table centerpieces—a surefire way to impress guests at any gathering!

To wrap up this craft adventure, remember: Patience is key. Start with simple designs before venturing into more complex creations. Practice makes perfect after all! With every new piece created comes another step towards mastery.

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