DIY Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece

Can I tell you a secret???? This year’s Christmas decor has been the BEST ever so far!!!! I’m so excited decorating and there is so much I want to make and so little time {ahem… and money… ahem}. But you probably know by now that this being our first Christmas in our new home, this is so special and I’m all about pretty and meaningful {and rustic} decoration. I’m loving this Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece. Made a whole difference in our living room.

DIY Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece

Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece cover

This project was really inexpensive. I found the lantern on sale. Those Christmas ornaments cost less than $3, the tray is an upcycled strawberry crate I saved from trash and all the pinecones were gotten from a nearby park. You might remember that I used these for my Rustic Christmas Tree as well. So, I just had to actually buy the ornaments, the burlap ribbon, and the twine.

It’s a super easy DIY project that you can make in less than 30 minutes and you will get a fancy, expensive-looking centerpiece. Tell me you don’t like the sound of this?

General view of  Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece

I bet you love it!

It’s all about imagination and saving stuff that most people see as trash and take opportunities on sales!

So wanna learn how I made this gorgeous Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece?

Let’s go!


  • Strawberry/fruit crate {with short sides}
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Twine
  • A cute lantern
  • Small Christmas ornaments
  • Pinecones
  • Toilet paper tubes
  • Glue gun.

Firstly what we have to do is prepare the lantern!!!

Place your toilet paper tube right in the center of your lantern if you want to save pinecones and ornaments. It’s also a goos spot for battery-powered candle.

view of Small Christmas ornaments

Stuff the lantern with pinecones and ornaments.

view of Small Christmas ornaments in hand

Close your lantern and set aside!

Working on the tray

Take your fruit crate and measure the sides height.

view of fruit crate

My ribbon was wider than the crate’s height {couldn’t find narrower one} so I folded it to the exact width.

view of fruit crate and burlap ribbon

On one outside corner of the create add some hot glue.

image of applying hot glue on a fruit crate

Quickly place one end of your burlap ribbon.

sticking the burlap ribbon on a fruit crate

Go all around your crate applying some glue every now and then. I didn’t apply too much since I want to update it in the future. I only applied a few points of glue on each side.

When your ends meet, cut leaving a bit more burlap to overlap the starting end.

view of finishing with hot glue

Apply some hot glue and stick the final ribbon end.

closer view of the finishing process

There you go your crate should looks so rustic and new by now!

view of fruit crate with burlap ribbon

Working on the Crate Decoration

Measure your twine going all around your crate and leaving enough to make a bow. Cut it twice if you want to have a bow on both large sides.

image of applying the twine around the fruit crate

Make your cute bow. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The beauty about rustic is imperfection.

closer view of twine bow

Then repeat the process on the other side by going all around the crate from the bow and to the other side.

view of second layer of twine in fruit crate

Woot… It’s almost done!

view of fruit crate ready

Now, I wanted the lantern to be as visible as possible so I placed a box lid underneath it in the middle of the crate.

view of lantern on fruit crate

Finally, I started putting all the pinecones inside making sure they looked good and cover all visible spots from the crate and box lid.

closer view of  pinecones inside the fruit crate

There you go!!! We have a gorgeous Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece to decorate our coffee table.

detailde view of Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece

I placed a piece of cute plaid towel table-runner-like first and then I put the centerpiece. It all looks so cute now!!!

What do you think???

general view of Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece
close view of Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece
more closer view of Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece
rustic christmas lantern centerpiece pinecones
closer view of rustic christmas lantern centerpiece decoration
view of rustic christmas lantern centerpiece in coffee table
view of rustic christmas lantern centerpiece with burlap detail

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and this idea for a centerpiece. 

If you liked it, I would so appreciate if you give it a share love!!!!

If you like this Rustic Christmas Lantern Centerpiece project, you might also love these too:

Our Neutral Rustic Christmas Tree
Easy DIY Rustic Burlap Christmas Wreath
Cute Twine Ball Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Til' next time...

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