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DIY Halloween Lanterns | Easy Craft Idea

Make these spooky DIY Halloween Lanterns to add to your holiday decor. You can choose any image to trace onto your lantern.

By Bonnie Thomas

Sep 22 2016

Photo Credit : Bonnie Thomas
The weather has become chilly, the leaves are starting to turn colors, and pumpkin flavored coffee is at just about every establishment.  This means that Halloween decorating is just around the corner. These DIY Halloween lanterns are well suited for those of us who love to craft and/or decorate for the holiday, but are also very busy. These Halloween lanterns didn’t take much time at all to make.
Halloween Lantern
DIY Halloween Lantern
Photo Credit : Bonnie Thomas
Halloween Lanterns on Display
Halloween Lanterns on Display
Photo Credit : Bonnie Thomas

Materials Needed to Make Halloween Lanterns

  • Recycled jars that have a smooth surface– e.g. I used a jam jar and a salsa jar
  • Mod Podge
  • A small paintbrush
  • Plain white tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Black Sharpie marker with a fine point
  • One  tealight candle per jar
  • A spooky image that you can trace.  You can find Halloween and/or spooky images online or from Halloween materials you might already have.  Images can also be found in Halloween coloring books, anatomy books, an insect book, or a recent newspaper ad.
Making Halloween Lanterns
Making Halloween Lanterns
Photo Credit : Bonnie Thomas

Directions to Make Halloween Lanterns

  1. Clean the jar and dry it thoroughly.
  2. Set aside some tissue paper for drawing (about 1/2 sheet of paper).  Cut the remaining tissue paper into strips.
  3. Use your paintbrush to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the jar.
  4. Place one strip of tissue paper onto the Mod Podge, one at a time, until the jar is covered with a thin layer of tissue.  There will be many areas that overlap and this is okay.
  5. Once the jar is covered with a thin layer of tissue, apply another thin layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the jar.  This will seal the paper onto the jar.
  6. Place a piece of tissue paper over the image you chose for your jar.  You should be able to see the image through the tissue paper.  Trace the image with your Sharpie marker.
  7. Cut the image out.
  8. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the jar where you want the image to go.
  9. Place the image on the jar.
  10. Gently brush a final thin layer of Mod Podge over the image.  I made the mistake of applying too much pressure on one of the  images and I lost a bit of the image, so brush lightly.
  11. Allow the lantern to dry.
  12. Add a tealight!
This post was first published in 2014 and has been updated.