Fall Lantern Centerpiece

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Hello lovely Friends! I’m back with a new centerpiece for my dining room table that I’m pretty excited to share, as part of a fun Fall tour with my bHome Friends.  Together we’ll be sharing over 30 Fall projects and ideas to inspire you. I’m sharing mine here today and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow when I share links to everyone else’s!

I’m also announcing a fabulous giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Okay first things first. Let me show you why I’m excited about my new centerpiece. It started out like this:

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Now if you follow me regularly, you probably remember that I already gave this gross lantern a pick-me-up this Summer with a little spray paint:

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BUT I was able to use it again for my Fall centerpiece! I almost threw this away in the Spring, ya’ll!

It did require yet another spray paint job though…

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To make this!

Fall Centerpiec made from an old lantern

I was inspired by this little arrangement that I had seen at Michaels:

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I thought the idea to use a lantern was fabulous. Luckily I had just the one.

If you remember my Thrifty Fall Centerpiece from last year, you may remember the stand that I used as the base for my display…

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My little lantern arrangement fit on it perfectly!

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Want to make one too? It was quite simple to do!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  1. Lantern (Remove candle if necessary)
  2. Floral Foam, knife (Michaels)
  3. Moss (Dollar Tree)
  4. Two feather/fuzzy stems (from Michaels)
  5. One ivory Fall floral bush (from Michaels)
  6. One small green Fall floral stem (from Michaels)
  7. Hot glue, hot glue gun
  8. Needle nosed pliers/wire cutters
  9. Small gold pumpkin (Micheals)

My lantern originally had a candle, but I removed it by unscrewing it from the bottom. I added floral foam to the bottom that I cut to fit with a knife:

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Then I covered the foam with moss, using hot glue to secure it. Next I cut the feather/fuzzy stems apart with my needle nosed pliers:

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Then I added those stems to the foam at the base like so:

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Next I cut my ivory floral stems apart…

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And added those as well:

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The last to cut were the small green flower picks:

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I added just a few here and there…

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The last thing to add was the gold pumpkin. I pierced it through the bottom with a piece of one of the flower stems I didn’t use to turn it into a pick, and just stuck it in place.

I added a couple tiny pumpkins to finish it off and voila!

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Really simple, right? Of course you could use any stems you want. This would be beautiful in traditional vibrant Fall colors too!

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Here is my Fall wreath from last year hanging out in the background:

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New Fall Wreath

It still looks fresh and new. I did have to add a little hot glue to the flower on the top to hold it upright.

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This wreath is now above my mantel. I’ll be sharing that next week.

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It didn’t take much to fill this lantern. I spent around $15 for all the stems and the pumpkin. I already had the other supplies.

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I have it on this stand, but I like it just as well without it…

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Turn a lantern into an elegant centerpiece for Fall from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

 

I’ve got something else exciting to share!

bHome is pleased and honored to have Decor Steals sponsor this event. We will be giving away five (5) coupon codes each good for $100 at Decor Steals. That means there will be 5 winners!  Winners will be contacted on or about 9/19.  Give away valid to the 48 contiguous United States.

How to enter: Download bHome at www.bHome.us and favorite Decor Steals – to do this TAP their star.  Once favorited you will receive a message with the link to enter.  One TAP of that link and you are entered! If Decor Steals is already a favorite of yours on bHome just look out for the message and TAP to enter.  Good luck!

Make sure you come back tomorrow. I will be sharing all of our (more than 30) links to amazing Fall decor, crafts and inspiration right here in one place! It’s sure to get you fired up for Fall!

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And you can check out my Fall Mantel HERE!

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Comments

  1. ColleenB. ~ Texas says:

    So glad that you didn’t throw it away as it can be decorated and used all year long. That is what I do with mine anyway. Your Fall arrangement is beautiful by the way. After Fall, or even now, you can start thinking about doing a Christmas arrangement

  2. Hi Christy. Sorry I haven’t been visiting lately. Had my cousin visiting from Florida and just didn’t have much down time!! Love your centerpiece. Just gorgeous!! Have a great weekend. xoxo

  3. so beautiful!!

  4. Miguel Franco says:

    Hi Christy.
    Your centerpiece looks so adorable.
    I’ll be waiting for the links.

    Have a nice weekend.

  5. Your lantern arrangement is gorgeous! I like the way it flows out the sides and makes a bigger statement. You’ve encouraged me to get my wooden compote stand out and paint it–I’ve been thinking of doing that and now that I’ve seen how nice yours looks, I will paint it this morning! Just downloaded the bhome app–thanks for the link. And thanks for your always inspiring creativity!

  6. Jolinda lampo says:

    You have put Michaels little arrangement to shame. I love the colors.

  7. Christy, oh my gosh!!! I am sorry but your lantern centerpiece is far more gorgeous than the plain old Michael’s version. Yours is actually what I would term, “stunning”! I also love the wreath and you can bet I will be making one that emulates your design… I seriously don’t know where you come up with all of your lovely make over, re-purposing projects! I do know I hope you never stop sharing them! 😀
    Hugs and have a lovely weekend!

  8. I love it, it’s stunning! I have a SERIOUS tiered/legged stand addiction, so your stand is causing serious envy. : ) I’m checking that post now, and I guarantee you, one IS in my very near future!!! I can’t wait to see the rest of your fall suggestions. I need to go fallified around here in the next week or two. : )

  9. I have the perfect lantern I bring in from outdoors for this! Love love love this idea and it just so happens on my To Do List today is a trip to Michaels…fancy that!

  10. Your lantern for autumn is just lovely and different!! I really like the subdued colors. I ALSO need to know – to use or download bHome, must I have a smartphone and/or be on instagram?

  11. Dear Christy I have no words (less in English hahaha) to express my admiration , you surpass yourself in each makeover and new project…My sincere congratulations¡¡ Michael’s: contract her as your designer please ¡¡¡ ( yours are much beautiful ) big hug
    XOXO

  12. Love your fall lantern Christy. Sharing and pinning!

  13. totally gorgeous!! i bet your glad you didn’t toss it now. next time, toss it my way!

  14. Very pretty Christy!!

  15. Oh my…the lantern centerpiece is gorgeous….I have a few lanterns that have no glass and you have given me such inspiration to try and re-create this!…I love it!…Happy Fall and great partying with you!

  16. Christy that is so beautiful!! I absolutely love the color pallette you went with and it’s just fabulous!

  17. Great idea filling a lantern with the glass removed. Love this centerpiece idea.

  18. Christy, I love love love your arrangement! What autumn bounty. I love the no glass look… gives you a lot more room to style it! I think I’ll have to do that too! Thanks for tons of inspiration today! Pinning and featuring your post on my fb page!

  19. Love it all…a creative repurposing project always catches my eye!

  20. Christy, the lantern is gorgeous!! I love the colors you used in it!

  21. It never ceases to amaze me how trash in your hands becomes something of true beauty – you are extremely talented and then some! xoxo

  22. WOW- oh my gosh you created an amazing centerpiece! Funny I saw that same Michael’s item and wished it was in neutral colors as I walked past it…your is amazing, seriously well done! ♥♥♥

  23. That is truly a gorgeous idea Christy! It looks so pretty and can be used for the entire season!

  24. Great way to make the lantern super special! Love this!

  25. Christy,
    I absolutely a d o r e your creative idea to use the lantern for more than just candles!!!
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  26. It’s gorgeous! So much better than the Michael’s version 🙂 I’m pinning this for future ideas. Thanks!!

  27. Sandi Biquet says:

    Hi Christy,

    I love what you did to the lantern. I tried using something similar but I think it wasn’t tall enough. Would you mind giving me the dimensions of your lantern?

    Sandi

  28. Sue Holte says:

    Your lantern is gorgeous Christy! Thank you for showing us how to do that!
    Sue

    • So glad you like it, Sue…thank you!! It’s almost time to pull all those goodies back out! 🙂

  29. Susan Bauer says:

    A wonderful centerpiece, it’s great that the step by step instructions are included.