Christmas Decorated Outdoor Lantern ~ Decorate a basic black outdoor lantern for the Christmas season with red sparkling sprays, ornaments and ribbon.
Are you looking for a quick Christmas decorating project for your front porch? Outdoor lanterns are very popular right now and available in all kinds of shapes colours and sizes. I bought this one on sale at Home Depot at the beginning of the summer. It is quite large and comes with a battery-operated candle with a timer. I have it set to turn on automatically at 6:00 pm and turn off at midnight every evening.
You may recognize it from a previous post where I shared how I decorated it for the fall season. For my Fall Decorated Outdoor Lantern I just used two fall leaf garlands I picked up at the dollar store. #ilovethedollarstore
The materials I used to decorate the outdoor lantern for Christmas were some red sparkly sprays, red ornaments and red ribbon. Just like the fall version, this one took just a few minutes to put together. I have to admit I love how the colour red looks with the black and glass lantern during the day and when the candle is shining at night.
Here is a before photograph. The snow you see is real. We had a November snowfall the night before I planned to decorate and photograph the outdoor lantern. Rather than brush the snow off I decided to keep it on for fun. It is really starting to look like Christmas!
Where I live it is always a white Christmas. I remember one year where the snow had not arrived yet and it was December 24th. Sure enough that evening the snow began to fall during the evening and we woke up on Christmas Day to a blanket of white snow. It was so pretty.
Here are the instructions for how to create a …
Christmas Decorated Outdoor Lantern
- couple of red sprays
- garden pruners
- red ornaments
- 10 feet (3 meters) 1-1/2” wide red ribbon
- about 3 feet (1 meter) of the same red ribbon
- floral wire
Cut the red spray apart with garden pruners. Arrange along the bottom of the outdoor lantern.
Rest the outdoor lantern on its backside. Place the red ornaments on top of the red spray and around the candle. Lift the outdoor lantern up and rearrange the ornaments if necessary. Close the door and secure the latch.
Here is a quick photo tutorial that shows you how to make the pretty red bow for the top of the outdoor lantern:
Fold the ribbon back and forth in an accordion fashion so you end up with three loops on both sides for a total of six loops. The loops do not have to be perfectly even but close in size. The loops I made in this bow were about 3 inches (8 cm) in length. You should also end up with about a foot (30 cm) of extra ribbon on each side.
This is a photograph of what the ribbon should look like when placed flat.
This is what it looks like when the ribbon is standing upright.
Tightly pinch the looped ribbon in the middle and secure with the floral wire.
Tie the extra piece of ribbon around the middle of the bow. This piece hides the floral wire and creates two more draping ends. Trim the four ends so they are fairly even in length.
Now fluff and poof your bow and attach it to the ring at the top of the lantern making sure to let the four ends drape along the sides of the lantern.
If you would like a more detailed tutorial that uses the same method for making a bow pop over to How To Make A Big Bow Photo Tutorial. I love making all kinds of bows and this is my go-to method.
Here is a photograph showing what it looks like from the back and what you see when you leave the house.
Here is what it looks like at night when the candle is shining. It gives a nice warm and inviting glow to the front porch.
We had a lovely snowfall today. I had to take one more photograph to show how pretty it looks before I swept off the porch.
That is it! That is how to make a Christmas Decorated Outdoor Lantern.
Final Comments: I chose to decorate with the colour red because it is such a classic Christmas colour. It is also the main colour I am using in my outdoor Christmas décor. I just made a Christmas Ornament Big Bow Evergreen Wreath for the black front door using only red ornaments and wide red ribbon. The Christmas decorated outdoor lantern and the wreath decorated with only red look great together.
Your turn: Do you have any outdoor lanterns? Where do you display them? Do you decorate them for Christmas?
I plan to decorate this outdoor lantern for each season. So far I have fall and Christmas covered. I am still thinking of possibilities for winter, spring and summer. Do you have any ideas?