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Creative Halloween Paper Lanterns

Updated on August 21, 2015
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Crafty, Creative Halloween Lanterns

Need something cool and creative for that Halloween party? This is perfect for teens and preteens. Just add some LED tea lights and you have the perfect walkway lanterns or window dressings. These lanterns also make great d├ęcor for outdoor birthday parties. Some cutting with box-cutter or X-acto knife is required, so not suited for younger children unless supervised by an adult.

Cut designs for holes

Paint the paper
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Get crafty for Halloween.

Create your own Halloween Lanterns for your walkway.

These lanterns are easy to construct with a few folds and a little glue, so why not? It's practical and thoughtful. For for girls and boys alike.The materials you will need are:Pencil and box patternWhite watercolor paper (12x18 or larger)Large 1" paint brushWhite glue, scissors, and sharp box-cutter knife/X-acto bladeBlack and orange acrylic paint1 tea candle or lcd light and an inch of sand each

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Paint both sides of the paper

Painted with acrylic paint.  Orange inside shines the best.
Painted with acrylic paint. Orange inside shines the best. | Source

Step 1: Painting the Paper

Step 1. Painting the Paper. Paint one side of the piece of watercolor paper completely black. When it is dry, turn over and paint the other side your optional color. Orange is perfect because it looks like fire. Allow the paper to dry thoroughly.

Lawn Lantern Patterns - Create a Lawn Lantern from the pattern

pattern with flaps
pattern with flaps | Source

To create the lawn lanterns you need to create a box pattern as in the photo to the right. This is a square 4 inches by 4 inches with flaps for gluing, and a "chimney" piece at the top. You could copy this four times or create a linked chain of squares and leave only one flap at the first side square for the gluing, plus one floor square. You have the think about how boxes are made. Typically a box has six sides: four around, one bottom and one top. In the case of our lantern, there is not top but instead a chimney is added. The little slit and oval shaped flap at the chimney is for easy access to the center of the box for the candle or tea light. If you glued all sides and left no flap for opening, there would be no way to place a candle or light it, or a tea light. I have found that it works well if you don't glue down the bottom also. In that way the boxes can be folded flat for easy storage for next year.

Step 2: Trace and Cut

Don't forget the square attached for the bottom, or cut out a separate square to glue on later.
Don't forget the square attached for the bottom, or cut out a separate square to glue on later. | Source

Step 2. Trace and cut.

On the orange side, on a clean dry space, trace the box pattern and cut out the "holes" for light to shine through. An adult should do this, as it will take a sharp knife or X-acto blade to work. Draw Halloween faces, cats, spiderwebs, skulls, etc. Only cut out a few holes and leave the paper where "lines" would be in the drawing.Crease the flaps and the sides. Apply glue to the flaps and hold them until the glue has bonded well. Glue down the bottom flap.

Lawn Lantern windows - Sample patterns for the Lawn Lantern windows

Halloween window patterns
Halloween window patterns | Source

Use my designs or make your own.

These are just sample drawings that can be used for the lawn lanterns windows. You can create your own designs and cut them out as it pleases you. I have tried all these and found them to be useable. Some are harder than others. The spiderweb is more difficult than the scull and the cat. Try them all and have fun.Another tip is to leave one side of the lantern solid so that the light can reflect better. I tried cutting windows in all four sides and noticed that you cannot see the light as well as those where I only cut windows/shapes in three of the sides. Good to know.

More Lawn Lantern Window Patterns - Two more designs for possible windows in Lawn Lanterns

Halloween Lantern window patterns
Halloween Lantern window patterns | Source

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Just like the first four shown in the module above, these four designs are samples of the windows you can cut in the Lawn Lanterns. Cut only three of the sides and leave the fourth side of the lantern solid for optimum reflection. Enjoy.

2 More Patterns

So many possibilities.
So many possibilities. | Source

Use them anywhere.

Place them around the pool for a great summer pool party, using palm trees and beach balls for the window designs. Place them around the yard for an outside birthday party, using the birthday person's age (such as 9 or 10) for the window designs. You could use birthday cakes, candles, presents, bows, etc. My grandson was born near Halloween so every year we try to come up with some fun interesting decorations for his birthday. These lanterns worked wonderfully around his home. Also they look good in the windows for the neighbors to see.

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2 More Patterns to try

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Classical Renaissance Art Coloring Book - A great teaching tool for homeschoolers about classic art.

I have created a series of coloring books for teaching classical art to children. The Classical Renaissance Art Coloring Book is the first published and Volume 3 in the series, including Classical Modern Art, Classical Impressionist Art, Classical Romantic Era Art, Classical Medieval Art and Classical Early Art. Children can color a masterpiece as if they were the master and then read about how the artist created and worked. Helpful links are included to get more information and see the color version of the original art.

Classical Renaissance Art Coloring Book: Resource for Teaching Art History (Classical Art Coloring Books) (Volume 3)
Classical Renaissance Art Coloring Book: Resource for Teaching Art History (Classical Art Coloring Books) (Volume 3)

This is an awesome art teaching tool for young and old alike. Classic art was never so much fun.

 

Step 3: Ready for a Party

These were for my grandson's ninth birthday party.
These were for my grandson's ninth birthday party. | Source

Step 3. Ready for a Party.

Add sand and a tea candle before folding down the top. The lantern is so special, you can use it as a gift box. Beware. People may like the lanterns better than the gifts! Create a bunch for special occasions. These in the photo were created for my grandson's NINEth birthday party, which always lands near Halloween.Note: To create your own box pattern, cut out a square of 4 inches x 4 inches and trace four of them in a row, plus one below for the bottom. Each of the sides not connected to a square much have a flap (for gluing), of about 1 inch or less, with tapered sides, as in the photo. For the chimney top, I created a cone shape 4 inches at the base, tapering to 2 inches at the top. These cone shapes also needed flaps for gluing but only on two sides, not all four.

Book of boxes

I wrote a book on boxes with over 40 different box patterns similar to this lantern pattern. I've used many of them for lanterns, gift boxes, storage for business cards, etc. I think you will like it.

Let me know what you think and how your lanterns turned out. I would love to hear how you used this project.

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      Well, thank you so much, poetryman6969. I do like to craft and paint and well.... anything creative.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Wow, aren't you the crafty one. These look pretty cool.

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      @DeborahDian: I know mine did. :)

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      What a creative idea. I think my grandkids would have a lot of fun with these.

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Rhonda Lytle: Thanks so much. I loved making them.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      These are great and I love how you included multiple patterns.

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Corrinna-Johnson: Thank you so much. So glad you liked it.

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      What a cool Halloween craft! Very creative and with great instructions!

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      Denise McGill 4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @federico-biuso: Thank you. They are fun too.

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      federico-biuso 4 years ago

      Great ideas, easy-to-follow instructions, thanks for sharing!!!

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      Denise McGill 4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @sukkran trichy: Thank you. I really appreciate you visiting my lens. Enjoy.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      it is really amazing. your step by step instructions are clear and easy to learn. thanks for introducing this art.

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      Denise McGill 4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Marja79: I'm think of giving one to my apartment manger for the office desk. It would just be fun to have it sit there, I think. They work well with other designs in the windows too. Not just Halloween designs. Try them for a birthday party or something like that. thank you for liking my lens.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Interesting idea, I like it.

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      Marja79 4 years ago

      These are cool. If Halloween would be big deal in Finland, these would be something I would love to do!

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      Denise McGill 4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @TanoCalvenoa: Hey, thanks. I love your rabbits too. Very, "Watership Down" like. Love it.

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      Denise McGill 4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @SheGetsCreative: Thank you. I'm so happy you like it. I loved making these.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Crafty and cool! :)

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      Denise McGill 4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you so much. I'm so happy you liked it.

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      Denise McGill 4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @bdkz: Thanks. I loved making them!

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      bdkz 4 years ago

      Very neat craft!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very cool craft!

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