How to Make DIY Halloween Paper Lanterns

Lis Engelhardt
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Photo credit: Mike Garten
Photo credit: Mike Garten

From Good Housekeeping

Use LED bulbs for your lanterns, which won’t overheat.

Punk rock lanterns

Materials:

  • Paper lanterns

  • Craft studs (we used plastic so that the finished lantern would be lightweight)

  • Hot glue or craft glue

Steps:

  1. Attach studs to paper lantern with glue and let dry.

Splatter paint pumpkin lanterns

Materials:

  • Paper lanterns

  • Acrylic or craft paint

  • Water paint brush

Steps:

  1. Mix water and paint until you have the consistency of heavy cream.

  2. Drip paint onto the paper lantern and let dry, working one side at a time until the whole lantern is covered.

Mummy shroud lantern

Materials:

Steps:

  1. Cut a length of cloth, roughly stretching and tearing it to create an irregular shape.

  2. Drape over a paper lantern.

Full moon lantern

Materials:

  • Paper lanterns

  • Gray acrylic or craft paint

  • Water sponge

Steps:

  1. Mix together a very light gray paint color adding water until you have the consistency of heavy cream.

  2. Dip a damp (not wet) sponge into the paint and lightly stamp it onto the lantern, blending as you go (look at a photo of the moon for reference).

  3. Let dry completely.

Creepy crawlies lantern

Materials:

Steps:

  1. Download our Halloween bugs artwork and print onto regular printer paper.

  2. Carefully cut out with scissors or a craft knife.

  3. Paint a section of the lantern with mod Podge, large enough to fit the paper cut out.

  4. Lay the paper on top, using your finger to smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles.

  5. Let dry.

  6. Paint 1 or 2 additional layers of Mod Podge on top and let dry completely.

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