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Decorating a Lantern for Spring

I purchased a large lantern a few years ago when it was on sale after Christmas. It was one of those impulsive buys, but I couldn’t pass up such a great deal, could I? Although it’s always decorated for Christmas, it often spends the rest of the year in the basement.  A week or so ago, I decided to bring it up and decorate it for spring. Here’s how I did it.

Did I mention it was large? It measures just over three feet tall and a foot wide.

I gathered supplies – forced spring bulbs, pussy willow branches, covered wire, rabbit statues, and ribbon. Sheet moss and styrofoam are not in the photo.

I cut pieces of styrofoam, recycled from packing material, to fit loosely in the bottom of the lantern…

…and covered them with sheet moss.

Branches of pussy willow were inserted into the styrofoam in one corner, and the pots of flowers  were set in position.

I cut a small piece of styrofoam to create a small platform for one of the rabbit statues.

More sheet moss was used to cover pots.

The rabbit statues were set in place.

Some final touches were tucked into the sheet moss.

All done!

As flowers fade, pots of bulbs can be replaced to keep the lantern looking nice until it’s time to redecorate it for summer. Garden with me!

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