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12 Halloween Lanterns You Can Easily Make This Year

Halloween Lanterns, From mummies to skulls, enchanting scenes, and more.

On Halloween, the witching hour begins as soon as the sun goes down, so make sure you’re ready with some festive lanterns. You don’t have to energy out and purchase anything new – there are plenty of options for DIYing your Halloween décor, no matter your skill level. You can easily create anything from skull lanterns made from upcycled milk bottles to fancier Haunted Mansion-inspired metal lanterns. Whatever you prefer, we’ve got you covered with tons of ideas to get you started.

1. Milk Jug Lantern

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These are some of the easiest lanterns to make. All you need are milk jugs, a permanent marker, and string lights, and you’re all set!

2. Origami Halloween Lights

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These origami lantern lights put a creative spin on the Jack-o’-lantern tradition. You can hang these strung lantern lights around your house or create a centerpiece similar to the one shown here.

3. Mason Jar with Chandelier Light

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This creepy ship will terrify arachnophobes to the core. All you need to make is a mason jar with simple spider and web decorations and spray paint.

4. Jack-o’-Lantern Made of Shiny Plastic


This is another simple, no-fuss jack-o’-lantern you and your family can make. You can put this together in seconds if you have plastic buckets of pumpkins and some small lights.

5. Candy Lanterns

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This one remains so easy you don’t even have to do any crafting. Turn any existing lanterns into a Halloween decoration by filling them with candy!

6. Plastic Cup Flashlight

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This plastic cup lantern is simple and fun to make. You can use some of the tea lights lying around and make this fun Halloween lantern creation.

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7. Glowing Mason Jars

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If you’ve never met a mason jar that you didn’t like, this is the Halloween DIY for you. Spruce a few with some paint, add a bright light, and you’re good to go.

8. Halloween Paper Lanterns


This one is easy enough that kids (or adults with craft issues) can fully handle it. Bonus: It’s not a super messy DIY.

9. Mummy Luminaries

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For this one, you will only need paper-mâché materials (or cheese cloths) and mason jars. You could even use any extra bandage material from a first aid kit or toilet paper if you’re short on time.

10. Haunted Mansion Lanterns

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Recreate the decoration of your favorite Disney ride at home! They are Jack Skellington approved and perfect for those who prefer décor with sleek, clean lines.

11. Tin Lanterns

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Don’t know pardon to do with your old food cans? Make these perforated tin lanterns for Halloween. Or, if you don’t have extra cans, order some on Etsy.

12. Paper Lantern Monsters

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Here are some monsters that won’t scare your kids. Let them customize the paper lanterns with their favorite colors. All it involves is a bit of coloring and gluing. Easy!


Hundreds of years ago in Ireland, Halloween tradition involved carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns in order to scare the evil spirits passing away through the Irish farms, since then it has become a vegetable synonymous to the festival, which is mostly celebrated by Americans.

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