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Halloween Lanterns: 25 Festive Craft Ideas!

Get your Halloween decor ready with these 25 awesome ideas for lanterns! All of these DIYs are easy enough for beginners and budget friendly.

Halloween Lanterns

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to decorate your house for this spooky holiday. One of my favorite ways is with lanterns. The gentle glow isn’t scary by any means . . . it’s soothing to me!

I’ve found 25 awesome DIY Halloween lanterns that are easy enough for any crafter! You’ll find everything from milk jugs to colorful mason jars lit up with LED lights. There’s a design here for everyone, so get started now – because October 31st is right around the corner!

Before You Begin

Before you get started on any projects, you’ll clean glass jars (a lot of these projects are glass). Now, I’ve used mild soap and water and that works fine. BUT I find that the best chance of getting everything to stick comes with using rubbing alcohol. This includes craft paint, spray paint, or Mod Podge.

You’ll want to take a cotton swab or pad and clean the outside of the glass surface. This step is crucial if you want the paint to stick. Get more tips on how to paint glass here.

If you’re ready to get started, scroll down and get the Halloween lantern ideas. You’re going to love these projects. Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments!

Halloween Lanterns

Halloween is coming, and we all know what that means: it's time to start planning your festive decor! This year, make your own Halloween lanterns using this list of tutorials. Most of these lighted projects require just a few supplies and can be done in a short amount of time. They are great not only for decorating, but for parties as well!


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