I enjoy lanterns, I use them for all the seasons. Today I am showing two fall lanterns one in orange and one in neutral whites and greys. I especially like them with electric candles that turn on by remote. These “candles” make me feel much more secure about adding decor to any of the lantern surfaces.
I have arranged a multitude of different vignettes inside my lanterns, I think a cute little winter farm scene may be an idea for this Christmas. In the meantime I thought I would share how I do the floral arrangements on top of my lanterns. I will do my best to break the tasks down into specific steps and hints.
Start by making the ribbon bows. Figure out the size you want your bow to be, mine was six inches across. Decide how many loops you want, I chose to have 12, six on each side.
Roll the ribbon into a six inch loop, do this six times. Tie the ribbon in the center, I like to use raffia, but you can use ribbon or florists wire. Once the center is secure fluff the ribbon. Pull one loop off and lift Up, pull the next loop off and pull Down. Repeat for all
Tie your ribbon to the lantern on whichever side you like. For the orange I placed the arrangements on the left and the right side, so the two arrangements met together. On the white lanterns I chose to have the arrangements both on the right side.
Build your floral arrangements in groups of threes based on a visual triangle. I have started a triangle using the ribbon and then the two large red flowers.
You can add extra elements building the triangle outwards. Here I have added the orange flowers to the top and side, the bottom of the triangle is lengthened with the raffia trails.
Proceed by adding other elements in triangles where ever you want more height or width. Remember to do it in threes, across from one another to give balance.
Once you have your triangular arrangement the way you like it, add your focal point to give depth to your arrangement.
Here is widely different set of lanterns. The ribbons and arrangement are done in much the same way as the first set of lanterns. As these lanterns are much larger than the orange pair, I tied two ribbon bows on them first and chose larger flowers for the arrangements.
I made all of these using the same process, just keep in mind the triangle and work from the center outwards.
If I do an arrangement on the top of the lanterns I typically put candles inside the lantern, if they are real candles I don’t light them, but I add some mini lights.
I enjoy doing small floral arrangements, they are an easy way to add variety to my everyday objects. You will definitely be seeing these white lanterns on my blog again.