Easy Spring Lantern Vignette

Decorating a lantern for Spring with bunnies, DIY carrots and a wreath for a simple vignette that is perfect for the season.
Spring lantern vignette with rabbit and wreath

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Welcome to February's Pinterest Challenge. We are a group of bloggers who get together each month to share our take on an inspiration idea or image from Pinterest. Cindy of County Road 407 leads our group and always comes up with great ideas! You'll find all the links below.

If you're new here, a special welcome! I'm also Cindy and I love decorating, filling my home with vintage finds, thrifting and creating a beautiful home on a budget! Not only that, I love to show you in depth how to get the look, with step by step tutorials and videos that I share on my YouTube channel and Instagram. I would be honored if you chose to follow along! You can read more about me and my family here.

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Today the group is excited to share how we each put our own spin on the inspiration image, which you'll see below. No two looks are exactly the same! Didn't you love how my friend Cindy decorated her large tobacco stick lantern for spring?

Our purpose is to show you that you, yes YOU can create a similar look to the ideas you see and love with a little ingenuity, creativity and using what you have! 


Our inspiration pic for this month's challenge comes from Ann at On Sutton Place. Her Spring decorated lanterns are adorable and easy to style differently depending on what you have. 

I knew right away that this look would be easy to pull together with a few basic things that most of us already have:

    1. lanterns
    2. bunnies
    3. grass
    4. tray or something to ground the vignette
    5. carrots

How to decorate a lantern for Spring

I set up my spring vignette on a side table in my office/craft room/studio but later moved it downstairs to the living room where it would be enjoyed by everyone! You just know that Mr DIY is jumping up and down with joy, LOL!

The first thing I did was grab one of my black Walmart lanterns and gave it a good cleaning, inside and out. Normally these are outdoor lanterns and have candles in them.

You'll notice throughout that my colors and style is different from Ann's, but that's the beauty of these challenges. They inspire us to create a similar look using what we have.


When I saw the carrots tied to the lantern, I knew exactly what I would do for my Spring lantern vignette. Last year I made a set of neutral drop cloth carrots They have a vintage style, with stamped words and numbers. I wrapped jute cord around the tops of three of the smaller carrots and tied them to the top of the lantern.

Filling the lantern

I have several white rabbits, but none of them fit into my lantern. Then I remembered the two blue bunnies from Hobby Lobby I bought last year and spray painted gold. I tied a dollar store ribbon around the neck of the upright rabbit. Before adding her to the lantern I felt I needed to elevate her a little bit, just like Ann used grass at the base of her lanterns.

I started with a wood candle round to lift up the rabbit, then topped that with a mound of natural excelsior and placed the rabbit on top. This helps the base of the rabbit to not get lost in the bottom of the lantern.

What is excelsior?

Excelsior is used the same way as moss, but it's made from wood shavings. It has a lighter color than Spanish moss but can be interchanged or used in the same way.

You can see how the colors work together so well (the black lantern, neutral carrots, the wood base, neutral excelsior, neutral ribbon and gold rabbit).

Grounding the vignette

I love a neutral look but wanted to add some color for Spring, baby! Rather than using a tray or basket for my vignette, I set the lantern into a wreath I have had for years. The balls and berries on this wreath remind me a little of Easter eggs and I love the soft blues and creams. If you've been around for awhile, my love of blue and white decor is well known!

I tucked a mini nest with blue eggs into the display and that's it! These colors work so well in my office with the blue gingham curtains and neutral furniture.

This cozy little corner is a favorite place in my office. I spend every morning here with my coffee and Jesus, and love to read, listen to music and knit here too.

I carried on with the spring lantern theme on the bottom shelf of this side table, adding a smaller lantern, ceramic bunnies, and another batch of carrots on top of my vintage scale. These bunnies look like they're in jail, haha! Something to keep in mind when you're choosing your lantern. You can see how I elevated them using a large clump of green Spanish moss, then a round wood slice to give the rabbits stability.

I'm really happy with how easy this Spring vignette was to pull together and I hope you're inspired to create your own version after seeing what my friends came up with! Next up is Marty of A Stroll Thru Life with her Spring lanterns.


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  1. Your lantern looks so pretty and I love the nest and eggs around it. The lantern looks perfect in your room! Happy spring!

    1. Thank you friend, hope you're getting some early Spring vibes!

  2. Hi Cindy! I love the lantern on top of the wreath to make a great centerpiece! So pretty! laura

  3. You created a really very similar lantern display like the inspiration one. I love the carrots and I also really like that it's nested on a wreath. Beautiful.

    1. Thanks Marty, this was a fun challenge, love all the variety@

  4. Cindy, Your Spring lantern looks great. I love the wreath surrounding it. Fun challenge.

  5. Cindy, your Easter lantern vignette is beautiful! I love your homemade vintage looking carrots that you added. What a great idea to set your lantern in a pretty wreath! This is such a fun challenge. Happy Spring!

    1. Thanks Lynne, this was such a fun challenge, fast and easy too!

  6. Here from Country Road 407 :) this is beautiful I'm so inspired! Tanya @twelveoeight

  7. Love your cute DIY dropcloth carrots, Cindy and the color scheme of your vignette.

  8. Cindy, I love your creative spin on the PC. The wreath idea works great as a base and I love these soft colors in you vignette. Very elegant!

  9. Oh my gosh I adore those carrots! I'm going straight over to that post. So creative!

    1. Thanks so much Laura, they're so fun to make I hope you try a batch!

  10. Cindy, I loved all of the cute versions you've created!!! The bunnies in jail was really fun! I thought something similar when I thought up the little story for my post. <3 I love the carrots you made!! Will have to go find that post. I have some stamps that I could use, too.

    Oh, and I hope you are enjoying your new home since the move! I have a similar comfy slipcovered chair to your office chair. Is yours floral underneath? I bought mine from our previous owner of our last California home. Love your checked curtains!!!

    Happy almost Easter and springtime!
    Barb :)

    1. Thanks so much Barb, I appreciate all the love! The chair is from Ikea.

  11. I love your contrast of neutral colors, Cindy. The carrots look great with the black of the lantern. This vignette looks great I'm your office and in your living room.

  12. I love that you used lanterns I haven't seen lattern decor for awhile. Your display is awesome, and I love the picture with the large metal backdrop on the wall. Thats a great background idea.

  13. Girl, I love your black lanterns! They make everything inside pop. And I learned something new today. I haven't heard of excelsior before but that natural color would look great with my decor. Better than the bright green moss. Going to have to find some of that and try it out. Your post is awesome and I adore that you used that quilt over your chair and tucked it under the cushion. What a great way to add color! Definitely trying that too. Thank you for sharing this with us and joining in. pinned!

    1. Thanks so much Cindy! Get your excelsior from Michaels, it's wider than the stuff sold at other craft stores!

  14. OH, I love those neutral colored carrots. So cute! Just like the rest of your display! Pinned!

    1. Thanks so much Niky, this was such a fun challenge 🤍🌷🤍

  15. Cindy, I LOVE the way you have styled this little nook in your office. The quilt is so pretty on the chair for spring. The bunny vignettes are the icing on the cake!


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