How To Make A Rustic Luxe Christmas Lantern In 10 Minutes

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Who wants to make decorating for Christmas a complicated affair? No one has time for that!  Let me show you how I put together a rustic-luxe Christmas lantern in 10 minutes.


A lantern with pine cones inside.Pin


And part of that 10 minutes was spent gathering my supplies for the tutorial.  The only things that I needed were 3 ginormous pinecones, 3 small buckets (or clay pots), satin ribbon and jingle bells (or small round ornaments).


Pine cones, ribbon, little silver buckets, and bells on the table.Pin


Step 1: Place a pinecone on top of a bucket so that it rests on the rim of it.  Tie a length of satin ribbon around the middle of the pinecone, up at the top.  You’ll have to excuse my reflection in this photo.

A pine cone on a silver bucket with a gold ribbon tied around the top of it.Pin


Step 2: My jingle bells were in a garland, so I had to cut them apart, keeping longer strings on the bells that I wanted to use.  Tie the strings together to form a loop so that you can run an end of ribbon through it.  You can skip this step if you’re using individual bells or small ornaments.


Attaching a bell to the ribbon.Pin


Step 3:  Tie a jingle bell or small ornament to each tail of the ribbon that is tied around the pinecone.  Cut the excess ribbon off.


Two little bells dangling from the ribbon.Pin


Step 4: Repeat the process with the other pinecones and arrange them in your lantern.


Three pine cones in silver buckets inside the lantern.Pin


And you’re done!  Now that couldn’t be any faster or easier, could it?

Move the DIY luxe lantern around and use it anywhere in your home that you like.  Display it with the door open, surrounded by a few faux glitter branches…


The door is open to the lantern with the pine cones inside.Pin


….or display the Christmas lantern with the door closed.


The door closed to the lantern.Pin

By the time that I had finished with my Christmas decorating, I had removed the pinecones from the lantern and used them on the open farmhouse shelves in my breakfast area.  With or without the lantern, I love them!


Open rustic farmhouse shelves decorated for Christmas || Worthing CourtPin




Step-by-step directions for creating an easy and fast rustic-luxe Christmas lantern.Pin

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  1. What a great idea Suzy! It’s so simple and so lovely which is definitely my kind of craft!

    1. Thank you, Mary! I think that I got this lantern at HomeGoods. Do you have an At Home (formerly Garden Ridge) near you? I was just in there the other day and they had several large lanterns similar to this one. Hobby Lobby usually has a good selection too and they frequently have all their lanterns 50% off.

  2. 10 minutes!? Love it! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinning to share 🙂
    Hope you have an excellent week!

  3. This is such a pretty Christmas project. I love using pinecones for my Christmas decor also! Thank you so much for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday. Look forward to seeing you again next week for another great party! Have a great weekend.

  4. I absolutely love this Suzy! It is so beautiful, peaceful and simple looking and I love incorporating things from nature in my decorating. Thank you so much for linking this up to the Bewitchin’ Projects Block party last week; you were one of my featured picks over at Recreated Designs this week.

  5. Joanita Theron says:

    This is a great idea! And looks so pretty 🙂
    Congratulations, you are being featured in this week’s
    Snickerdoodle Mini Round Up!
    Have an awesome day!

  6. Very pretty and easy too. I was just in IKEA this morning and they have inexpensive lanterns too.
    I love your reflection in the glass, very normal, it’s hard to spot these things till the photo is up on screen at the editing stage!

    1. I haven’t been to Ikea in a while. Sounds like I need to make a trip there! I wasn’t even thinking about my reflection when I was taking the pictures! I’m sure that’s the last thing that anyone wants to see. lol

  7. What cute little pinecone “trees” in buckets: first in lanterns, now on your new shelves! I had some similar buckets (from Target’s Dollar Shop!) a couple years ago. I put dried moss and 2″ or 3″ slim pinecones w/tiny star toppers in mine!
    You always have such great ideas to share, Suzy!!! Keep them coming, please ~ I need all the help I can get this busy Season!

  8. Diane Westbrook says:

    thanks so much for another great idea!! on the hunt now for large pinecones and a lantern! Have been searching them out….Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Cute idea! Nice and simple too. Enjoy your weekend! 😉

  10. Thank you for the link. You lantern looks great and easy to do. I love using pine cones.

  11. Carol Elkins says:

    I love this idea! It’s simple, but looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Brenda Radliff says:

    Omg that is so adorable. I love what you do with the lanterns. Thanks for the great ideas. I think I will now buy me a lantern I have been wanting for quite some time. Thanks again!!

  13. REGINA SIMPSON says:

    Love this idea!!!!! Can not wait to use the small black and silver lanterns I got on sale (less than a dollar a piece) a few years ago. HAPPY THANKSGIVING

  14. JaneEllen Jones says:

    Love your home and porch. So much to see, took me few minutes to take it all in. Finally printed out some pages so won’t forget. What a fountain of inspiration you have provided.
    Seem to be doing my holiday decorating bit by bit cause keep changing my mind what I want to do, so many ideas to choose from. Trying to keep decorations sparse and very simple using what I have but not that easy when I see all incredible decorations bloggers have made, so impressive.
    Hope you’re having wonderful day and week