These pumpkin lanterns are so cute! The best part is you can make them with material that you have at home.
Hammer and nail
Acrylic paints: orange and black
Several yds of 18–20-gauge black annealed stovepipe wire
Tacky glue (we used Aleene’s Original)
Clamp can to table and poke holes for handle on opposite sides 1/2″ below top with hammer and nail.
Sand, prime, then paint outside of can orange.
Pencil outline of a jack-o’-lantern face on front and punch holes along outlines. Paint face black. Let dry.
Wind 27″ wire around a bunch of pencils or a thick dowel; remove and fasten ends in holes. Glue votive in place. When candle is lit, bend handle away so it doesn’t heat up.
Never leave candles unattended.
Stationed on a walkway or porch, these homemade lanterns will extend a ghostly greeting and good-bye to all your holiday visitors.
What you’ll need
- Clean plastic gallon milk jugs
- Black permanent marker
- Craft knife
- String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights
How to make it
- Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent.
- Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug (a parent’s job).
- Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs.