No Halloween craft idea for kids is more visually compelling than these simple and Homemade Halloween Lanterns.
Requiring only a few materials and steps, they are craft kids of any age can have fun making and these lanterns look amazing! Whether they are lining your steps, decorating your house or carried by the kids as they do their trick or treat rounds (we suggest plastic jars here) – we think these are absolute winners.
Check out our easy to follow guide on how to make Homemade Halloween Lanterns below.
What you will need to make your Homemade Halloween Lanterns
There are a whole range of things you could use to decorate your lanterns, but the basic things you will need are:
- Empty glass jars
- Coloured crepe paper
- Black Pens
- Glue (Clag is the easiest and quickest to apply)
- Pipe Cleaners (if doing a spider)
- Tea light candles (battery operated ones are safer)
How to make your Homemade Halloween Lanterns
We have decided to make a pumpkin, a ghost, a Frankenstein and a spider for our lanterns. We, therefore, chose four different glass jars and coloured crepe paper.
Step 1: Using the brush from your glad glue, apply a layer of glue to the entire outside of each jar.
Step 2: Cut out a strip of crepe paper to the correct height and length of your jar. Carefully wrap it around the jar. Be careful to pat the crepe paper on and not push or smooth it. It can tear easily, and the resulting texture of it being patted on is quite effective.
Step 3: Allow to dry.
Step 4: While waiting for the paper-wrapped jars to dry, draw some simple face shapes (like the ones shown in the picture above) on a sheet of white paper and cut them out.
Step 5: When the jars are dry, glue the cutout face shapes onto the relevant jars.
And just like that – your homemade Halloween lanterns are done! Pop a tea candle in them (or a battery operated one) and watch how amazing these look at night.
If you have fun making these, you might also enjoy these other Halloween crafts for kids: