How To Add Filler Decor To Lanterns Seasonally

This is a particularly great time to speak about how to add filler décor to lanterns seasonally. Because the seasons are going to be changing, this is the time we begin thinking about adding warmer touches to our homes.

The cooler temperatures that will be here soon makes a fun time to add some of my all time favorite pieces as filler décor for lanterns.

Today is the first Wednesday of the month too! That means it’s DIY  Challenge day!  Our host Terrie from Decorate & More with Tip is making this a DIY Bloggers Choice.  

If you are stopping by from visiting Terrie from Decorate & More with Tip welcome and isn’t her project adorable?

I hope you will visit these other ladies to see what they are sharing today.

Because I get to make this my choice, I’m excited to share the pieces I enjoy adding to lanterns.

How I Updated My Lanterns To Lighten Them  

So, now, let’s see how to add filler décor to lanterns seasonally.  Also, I have a little extra something to share regarding my lanterns.  It’s easy, fast and made a big difference to them.

Because it’s a quick and fast update I am going to share the change I made to my lanterns first.  I hope that’s okay with you?  Of course it is, who doesn’t enjoy a quick easy lantern update and adding filler décor seasonally. 

Incidentally, these are from Pottery Barn and I have had them for years.  I am telling you this because I have not been using these as much as I have hoped..  I had  not been able to put my finger on the reason. why I didn’t use these  And then I made a change with this challenge it came to me.

They need to be lighter and softer.  So, how am I going to achieve lightening these?

Step 1

Updating The Lanterns To Use Seasonally With White Wax 

First, clean the dust off.

Next step, tape the glass using painters tape.  Doing this allows the glass to stay clean.  No need for clean up the glass and scrape wax off.

Lantern glass taped to keep clean when adding the wax

Step 2

Adding Miss Mustard Seed White Wax

Next, using Miss Mustard Seed white wax and a stencil brush I begin the layering process of adding white wax.  Adding wax to a project is all about layering and buffing well.  

Miss Mustard Seed white wax
Beginning to add the wax to the lantern with a stencil brush

Here’s a snap of the smaller piece as I begin adding the wax.  You may notice the lantern is a bit lighter.  By the way, I did apply two coats of wax to these to get the look I am wanting to achieve.

The small lanternafter a light coat of wax
The small lantern after the first coat of white wax

After two coats of wax, and a bit of buffing with a lint free cloth they have a new look and match our décor better.  Now these will be on display more often with seasonal fillers.

By the way, using waxes is a great way to make a change to many projects.  It adds character and definition to painted projects.  You may enjoy this project where I share paint and wax ideas.  It’s a BIG transformation!

Step 3

Adding Filler Décor to Lanterns Seasonally   

Anything that gives you joy will work inside for filler décor.

I am sharing one of my favorites of all time.  I’ll give you a hint, they smell amazing and are easy to make dried orange slices I share an easy way to make dried orange slices.

Step 4

Ideas To Use Dried Oranges As Filler Décor

Dried Oranges for Filler Décor in Lanterns

Using dried oranges as filler décor in lanterns is pretty and the smell makes it even better.  These will smell guests walk by the dried orange slices and your guests will be wowed.

The large lantern filled with dried orange slices.  The small lantern filled with gold, natural walnuts and pinecones.  A white jar is filled weith silver

A Battery Operated Pillar Candle with Dried Orange Slices

Now, how about adding a battery operated pillar candle and sprinkling dried orange slices around the candle.  It takes minutes and packs a punch in the home.

Large lantern filled with dried orange slices and battery  operated candle.  Small lantern filled wiyh walnuts and pinecones.  White jar filled with silver

Step 5

More Ideas To Add Filler Decor To Lanterns Seasonally

Adding Walnuts In The Shell

Walnut are pretty inside lanterns too.  They are available at any food store.

small lantern filled with walnuts.  White crock filled with silver and a small bottle brush tree

Add Berry Baskets

Berry crates filled with orange slices looks pretty in lanterns. Having orange slices spilling over the side is fun.  You can see how to make these easily HERE.

Large lantern filled with berry baskets and dried orange slices.  Small lanter filled with walnuts and pinecones.  White jar filled weith wslver and small bottle brush tree with a crown leaning.

Step 6

Paint Walnuts For Lantern Filler Décor

Painting Walnuts Too

Painting walnuts with craft paint is very easy.  As an example I painted these walnuts with cold and champagne paint. Adding small pinecones to the nuts the mix is a great combination too!

Small lantern showing painted walnuts

Step 7

Other Project Ideas To Make With Dried Orange Slices

First Project

Make A Garland Using Dried Orange Slices and Dried Fruit

By the way, I recently shared this post with steps to make an easy orange and fruit garland.  It’s a great project for the entire family.

Second Project

Add Dried Oranges To Seasonal Décor

HERE I share how to add dried whole clementine and orange slices to your décor seasonally.  This is a great way to add warmth and the scent of the dried orange slices and  clementine is pretty.

Step 8

More Ways To Add Filler Décor To Lanterns For The Holidays

Christmas to consider is perfect for lanterns too.  The best part about adding dried orange slices, walnuts and pinecones, they work throughout the holiday season.

Here, I am going to share examples of how to make the switch easily by adding a few Christmas elements to the how to add filler décor to lanterns seasonally.

Add A Simple White Ceramic Crock

Here, I use an old advertising crock filled with silver plate and a bottle brush tree.  If you don’t have a white crock your home, you can purchase one HERE inexpensively.   And the best part is after the holidays simply use it as a utensil holder to hold cooking tools or add a fake plant.

Large lantern on top of a book filled with dried orange slices.  White crock filled with silver and small bottle brush tree.  A crown is leaning

As an example, my crock is brimming with pieces from my grandmother which is sentimental and adding a small tree is a great Christmas touch. 

Step 9

Inspiration For How To Add Filler Decor To Lanterns For Christmas and Winter

Use A Crown Around A Bottle Brush Tree

Adding a bottle brush tree makes this crown look like a tree skirt doesn’t it?

Close up of a baby shoe filled with a bottle brush tree.  A rose crown holds a medium bottle brush tree

Add Pieces You Alreasdy Own And Are Sentimental

Be creative with pieces already in your home.   By the way, my baby shoe is bronzed from my parents and holds a small bottle brush tree.  Pieces don’t always have to be purchased.

Large lantern filled with a battery operated candle sitting inside a flower pot.  Books are next to the flower pot.  The smaller lantern has spindles inside.  Baby shoe with a bottle brush tree inside.  A rose crown holds a bottle brush tree

Add A Tea Cup and Saucer

Don’t have one to use, you can purchase one HERE inexpensively to add filler decor to lanterns.  And use it for hot tea for the rest of the winter season. 

What to add to the tea cup?  How about a bottle brush trees which are an obsession of mine.  You can see some of my collection HERE.

Large lantern filled with stacked dishes a tea cup sauce filled with small white tipped pinecones.  Then a tea cup with a bottle brush sitting inside.  Smaller lantern filled with walnut and pinecones.  White crock filled with silver and bottle brush tree with a crown leaning

Additional Filler Décor Ideas For Winter Months

Adding More Filler Décor to Lanterns After The Holiday Season

These dried orange slices work in the home all winter long

Large lantern filled with dried orange slices.  Smaller lantern filled with walnuts and pinecones.  White crock filled with silver.  Three walnuts next to the white crock

Step 10

Adding Filler Décor To Lanterns

Use Flower Pots As Filler Decor To Lanterns Seasonally

Using a flower pot with a battery operated candle is a great idea for the shorter days to add warmth.  You can see how to make these flower pots HERE in this easy tutorial.

Large lantern holds a battery operated candle inside a flower pot with books near the pot.  Smaller lantern filled with spindles.   White crock filled with silver and a small picture.  A crown is leaning

Adding Books to Lanterns

By the way, how about adding books to lanterns.   Old books have tons of character and charm.  Adding these as filler décor is a great option. For a bit of elegance add a small Florentine picture.

A picture you enjoy for can be added or an empty small frame.

Larger lantern flled with leaning books and a lace bookmark and little picture.  The small lantern holds spindles.    A book is open with small crowns on top

Illustrated Below Is More Filler Decor Ideas For Lanterns

Adding Spindles or Architectural Pieces

Incidentally, I had bought spindles from HERE and made them look old to use in our home décor.  You can see how else I use these in my summer home tour and simple decorating ideas

Lantern filled with small plates, stacked books and crewns.  Smaller lantern filled with spindles.  A white crock is filled with silver and a small picture

Add Crowns of Various Sizes

I like to add dishes of adding crowns, plates and books inside lanterns.  The crowns can be found thrifting or antiquing.  Etsy is great spot to find these.  These pieces add a touch of whimsy to filler décor in lanterns.

A close up of the crowns

How About Using Your White Crock For Decor With Your Lanterns

Using my crock and keeping it filled with the silverplate I add a small Florentine picture I have to keep things interesting.  Again, use any small frame or a small picture you enjoy in your home.

A close up of the spindles in the lantern and a close up of the white crock filled with silver and a picture
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I hope you enjoyed this post on how to add filler décor to lanterns seasonally.  Let me know what your favorite is that I shared.  I’d love to read if you enjoy using lanterns too.

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

54 thoughts on “How To Add Filler Decor To Lanterns Seasonally

  1. These are so pretty, Cindy. I just love all the different textures that you used to change to look of the lanterns.

  2. Cindy I love all of your lanterns, so pretty! I have a few lanterns that need updating. The white wax would be perfect. Also, I have a ton of old silverware that I keep forgetting to use in my decor – thanks for the reminder. I’m pining so that I don’t forget! lol. Thanks for sharing your lovely lanterns.

  3. You’ve given us lots of lovely ways to display lanterns, Cindy! I love using lanterns in decor but I don’t think I’ve ever thought about filling them with different types of items! What great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I like the waxed version so much! I never would have thought of that. My brain just doesn’t think beyond plain white paint and that’s so boring! Loved each idea for inside the lanterns too. I bet the dried oranges smell awesome which gets me ready for fall decorating. 😉 Thanks for the inspo.

  5. Wonderful idea Cindy. Filling the lanterns is a quick and east task. I bet it smells amazing! Fun to change the look with each season. The white wax gives it a nice vintage look.

  6. Love the idea of using the dried orange slices. Made some last year and just found them stored in a glass jar in my laundry room. Still look and smell great but need to make some more for Christmas decorating. They look so pretty in your lantern. Must try this for fall mixed in,with some miniture dried pumpkins. Thanks for the ideas.

  7. Cindy, you have given us some wonderful ideas for decorating our lanterns. Sometimes, I lack creativity in this department. The orange slices are a great idea, and I absolutely love the pretty idea of stacking plates and books in a lantern. I never thought of that. What a clever and beautiful idea! Happy Thursday, sweet friend!

  8. Cindy, the lanterns do look so much better with the addition of the white wax. Great idea. Your various ways to fill lanterns definitely provide ideas for the coming fall season.

  9. This looks so good, Cindy! I’ve never tried the MMSMP White Wax before but I love the way it totally transformed these lanterns. They look amazing! Thank you for all the fabulous filler ideas too. They’re really pretty! Hugs, CoCo

  10. I had fun creating a lanternscape last year at Christmas. Your lanterns are so pretty–love the white wax and seasonal changes! Blessings, Cecilia

  11. Your lanterns look so lovely! What a wonderful way to transition to a different season of decorating. Thanks for all the good ideas.

    And thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

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