Friday 21 October 2011

Halloween Paper Lantern Pumpkins

Earlier in the year we made a lantern to celebrate Chinese New Year.

I thought this would adapt well for our Halloween festivities, so we made one again!  As Ruby is now a dab-hand (so she reckons) I'll let her explain when you need:

Of course!

You also need a battery operated tea light and some scissors. We used a lampshade that the previous house owners had left behind, but you can get them in Wilkinson, Ikea and DIY stores for around £2.

The full instructions are over on the Chinese lantern post, but basically you just cover the shade, decoupage style with tissue paper.  I was unable to get any photos of this stage as it all got a bit messy!  Once fully covered allow to dry overnight.

Then you just need to decide how you want to decorate it.  You can of course put a face on to make it look like a carved pumpkin, or you could go with a scene.

Ruby decided she wanted a witch on hers, so this is what we managed.  I've hung it up off the ceiling light to show you the lit effect.  It actually gives a lovely spooky orange glow to the room and would be great for a Halloween party.  But we're planning on using a cane or piece of dowel and carrying the lantern when we're out trick or treating.

If you liked this post, please take a moment to leave a comment or check out my other Halloween posts:

Pompom Pumpkins
Spooky Crafts - Hand print Spiders
Fancy Dress

Linking up with Sunday Showcase.


  1. It's so brilliant, and welcome to vlogging R! Shes a bit of a star!!!

  2. WOW! What a great idea and what a star! Well done!! :D

  3. Looks great I want to try this out!!

  4. Fab idea. I might give this one a go.

  5. What a great idea!

  6. Love these - might try making them myself!!

  7. An excellent idea, I may get the kids to have a go at this, we are always looking for things to do for halloween, and this is simple and looks great :-)

  8. Thanks for all your lovely comments. I'd love to see your finished products! x

  9. Oooh what a cutie! Isn't she a clever little one! Love how the lampshade is HUGE compared to her ;-)

    We made some of these last year ( but didn't cover it with orange tissue paper - LOVE the tissue paper idea. Makes it really lovely and Halloweeny :-)

    Very pretty indeed!!!

    Your final lantern is just perfect!

    Maggy x

  10. Thanks Maggy - yes it was that post which inspired my to do the Chinese lantern earlier in the year. xx

  11. Wow! that is amazing! What a great idea. x

  12. (PS Thank you for taking part in Kids Get Crafty!)

  13. Oh that is beautiful! What a fabulous and very effective idea!

  14. We love this - glowing and shadow! Perfect halloween decoration!

  15. Awwww Firstly, can I say what a lovely little girl you have - she explained fabulously what we needed.

    And WoW - what a great idea - I'm glad you mentioned battery operated candles as its not a very good idea to use the real thing in a paper latern.

    I have never had a reason to rush to Wilko's for paper lamp shades before and this could jsut be a first :o

    Hop eyou like my posts on @TheBoyandMe linky too!

  16. Can I recommend you get a 'Tweet' button for retweeting on your blog - I wanted so much to press it!

  17. Thanks for your lovely comment.

    Honiebuk, thanks for the recommendation too - I have got a tweet button but it's ickle! Maybe too small..? I'ts just under the showoff showcase badge. But I'm off to investigate different buttons! x

  18. This is stunning, love the simplicity. Wondering if I can adapt it to cover our outside light in the porch for Monday night's trick or treating.

    Thanks for linking this up to ShowOff ShowCase.

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