How to make Halloween lanterns

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Halloween lanterns

What you will need

  • 2 jam jars
  • Masking tape
  • Orange paint
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Toilet paper
  • A pair of googly eyes
  • 2 battery powered tealights
  • Scissors

Who needs to spend ages carving out messy pumpkins when you can make these cute little characters to light up a room?

Halloween lanterns are a traditional symbol of Halloween and will look great lit up in a dark room our outside your house. They're great fun to make and you could easily pack them away and save again for another year.

We've chosen to make a pumpkin lantern and a mummy lantern for the goodtoknow office, but there are endless creepy creatures and monsters you could create with a little imagination. You could use green paint, red paint and coloured material to make some menacing looking lanterns.

Age group: All ages. This craft is great even for little monsters. Just be wary of any small parts that little ones might put in their mouth, like googly eyes.

Safety tip: You might want to help them with the bits that need cutting or do it for them.


Step 1

Find a flat surface to work on and gather all your materials together ready to make your spooky Halloween lanterns.

Step 2

Using scissors, cut some shapes out of masking tape to make the face of your pumpkin jam jar. It's up to you what shapes you use but squares, triangles and diamond shapes work well for the eyes and nose and you can choose whether to make him a smiley pumpkin or a frowning one!

Position the pieces of tape on the jar and smooth them down securely with your finger.

Step 3

Paint the entire jam jar with the orange paint, painting over the pieces of masking tape, then set aside to dry.

Step 4

Now you can start on your mummy lantern. Take your second jam jar and toilet roll and tear it into strips.

Step 5

Stick the strips of toilet paper around the jar using glue, and attach the googly eyes to your mummy lantern.

Step 6

Once your pumpkin lantern is completely dry, carefully peel off the masking tape to reveal your pumpkin's features.

Step 7

Put your battery powered tealights inside the jam jars and watch them glow. They'll look great lining the pathway to your front door or sitting on your dining table!

For homewares such as tea lights, paper plates, string, scissors etc. visit Asda Direct, and for crafts materials such as paint, glue, craft foam, felt etc. visit Baker Ross, a family run craft business who are the leading suppliers of arts and crafts to schools and other organisations across the UK and abroad, based in Walthamstow, London. For jam jars visit Lakeland. Props such as the tablecloth, cobwebs, plastic spiders etc. can all be found at Morrisons.

Where to next?
- Make Wanda the wooden spoon witch
- 10 spooky Halloween trips - if you dare!
- Get goodtoknow's Halloween Party Planner app

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