DIY Pumpkin and Ghost Lanterns

It’s been an insane past couple months for me. I had my beautiful new boy, my family and I moved into a new home, and I sent my eldest off to school. I have been out of the blogging and social game for a bit, but I couldn’t think of a better way to come back than to share a fun Halloween craft idea for a tight budget.

I don’t know about others, but Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. If you know me, you know I love to try my hand at creating costumes and fun decorations. Fall is usually the one time of year I can step up my creative game, and make some fun things with my family.

As mentioned above, my family and I recently moved into a new home. I came to the quick realization that we moved from a place with no trick-or-treaters, to an area with many, and we were sorely lacking in the festive decorations department. Since our funds the past couple months have mostly gone to our new home, I didn’t want to break the bank with buying tons of decorations. To remedy my problem, I came up with the simple solution of making mason jar lanterns.

Lanterns are a great idea for decorating inside your home or to light the way for trick-or-treaters coming to your door. The best part for me creating them, was being able to re-purpose old mason jars I had in storage, and it cost me about $10 to get the remaining materials I needed. I bought the tulle and ribbon at Walmart, and used jars and black felt left overs from previous sewing projects. Any of these items can be found within Walmart or a craft store like Joann Fabrics. It is a simple enough craft to make with family, and gives you an opportunity to enjoy the nerdy faces each person creates.

Aren’t they adorkable? For those nerds who recognize Boo, you are my kindred spirits. Now lets get to it!

Materials you Need

  • Mason jars- quart size or smaller depending on how big and what you want to make.
  • Orange and White Tulle
  • Black and Green Ribbon
  • Black felt
  • Hot glue gun or another form of adhesive
  • Tea light candles
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pencil (optional for drawing shapes)

How to Make

  1. Grab a mason jar of your choice. Remove the lid and ring, and save the ring for later.
  2. Take your tulle, unravel about 5-6 arm lengths worth, and cut it. You want a bit for wrapping the whole jar and to make a noticeable difference in color, so be generous.
  3. Find the side of your jar with the writing, and put a small dab of hot glue to hold your tulle in place. Wait for it to dry for about 30 seconds.
  4. Wrap your tulle starting at the bottom and then going up. It is okay to have a little          overlap on the bottom, because you can glue that after wrapping.
  5. Wrap the tulle until you reach the amount of color you desire, or until you run out. Try and glue the end of the tulle on the same side you start, so that you have a clean surface on the opposite side for adding faces.
  6. Look for any sides of the tulle that may be sticking out to glue down, and also glue the tulle at the bottom that may overlap.
  7. Once the glue is set, add your ring onto the top. Be sure not to add the lid, because it will snuff your candle.
  8. Cut some ribbon, and tie around under the lid.
  9. Using your black felt, cut out some fun faces and hot glue them to your jar.
  10. Lastly, add a tea light candle to your jar and light on Halloween night!
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Fun tip: Add some string or wire to the lantern and hang it on a tree.

Pretty darn cool, right? We had a blast making these quirky lanterns. I hope this gives you a fun idea for family time and makes your Halloween a little more festive and spooky.

Keep your eyes peeled the next few days for my posts on how to make quick Star Wars costumes for kids and adults!

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