Spooky Halloween Lantern Craft

This spooky Halloween lantern craft will look great on your mantle this October and it's quick and easy to make. Learn how here!
This spooky Halloween lantern craft will look great on your mantle this October.  Keep reading to learn how quick and easy it is to make.

I actually made this Halloween decor lantern about 5 years ago and I put it out every year on my mantle every October. For the longest time, the glass in this DIY Halloween lantern was covered in vellum with hand-drawn spider webs and spider stickers.  However, this year, I decided that my spooky Halloween lantern needed an upgrade.

Instead of vellum, I used frosted  glass spray paint to achieve the haunted house – dirty window effect.  And in lieu of my hand-drawn spider web, I pulled out my trusty Cricut and cut some Halloween silhouettes from black vinyl.  I just love how it turned out!

Creatively Homemade Supplies Needed

Supplies Needed for this Spooky Halloween Lantern Craft:

Monticello Candle LanternMonticello Candle Lantern

I think the hardest part of this DIY Halloween lantern was finding the perfect lantern to use.  Most of the ones at the craft store had cross bars which wouldn’t work for this particular project since I wanted to add silhouettes cut from vinyl.  Finally I settled on a wooden one with undecorated windows and a distressed finish. It has an old abandoned feel to it that made it a perfect choice for this project.

Can’t find the perfect lantern at local stores?  Amazon has a wooden lantern that is very similar to the one I have.

Creatively Homemade Tutorial

DIY Halloween Lantern Tutorial:

Krylon Frosted Glass Spray PaintKrylon Frosted Glass Spray Paint

You want to start by painting the glass with Krylon Frosted Glass Spray Paint.  Some lanterns have removable glass panels which makes things easier.  The glass does not come out of mine, so I used painter’s tape to mask off the metal clasp on the door.  I figured the wood part of the lantern was already painted white and distressed, so if I got some spray paint on it, you wouldn’t really be able to tell.  Depending on what finish your lantern has, you may want to mask the lantern frame with painter’s tape as well.

I used one light coat of the spray paint and that was adequate to give it the abandoned dirty window look I was going for.  After I painted the glass, I let it sit overnight to dry.

Cricut Seasonal Cartridge Chic & ScaryCricut Seasonal Cartridge Chic & Scary

After your lantern glass is dry, you will want to cut your Halloween silhouettes from black self-adhesive vinyl.  (I used the Cricut brand vinyl to make sure it played nicely with my die cutting machine.)

You can use any Halloween Cricut cartridge you want, but I used the
Chic & Scary cartridge
because I loved the images.  Decide whether you want all the sides of your spooky Halloween lantern to look the same or if you want a different image on all sides.  I chose to do different images on all sides. The nice thing about using Cricut vinyl though is if you decide you want to change up your lantern at a later time, the vinyl peels off easily without leaving any residue.

I chose to do one side with a spider and web, one side with a witch, and one side with a creepy tree and bats.  I highly recommend cutting trial shapes out of scrap cardstock to make sure they will fit on the lantern side before you cut the vinyl.  That way you don’t waste the vinyl by cutting shapes that are too large or too small.

Each lantern is going to be different of course, but the sizes that worked best for the lantern I was using are

  • Spider Web – 4″
  • Spider –  1 1/2″
  • Tree – 4″
  • Bats – (1) 1″ and (2) 3/4″
  • Witch – 4″

Quick tip!  Be sure to save any vinyl scraps left over after you cut out your Halloween silhouettes.  They work great for other projects where you only need small pieces – like my Spooky Halloween Goblets.

Remove the backing and place your Halloween shapes directly on the painted glass.

Here is how mine ended up looking on all three sides…

This fun DIY Halloween lantern will look great on your mantle this October. Click here to learn how quick and easy it is to make!

This side has a creepy bare tree with some bats flying around it.

This fun DIY Halloween witch lantern will look great on your mantle this October. Click here to learn how quick and easy it is to make!

This side has a witch flying through the air.

This spooky Halloween decor lantern will look great on your mantle this October. Click here to learn how quick and easy it is to make!

This side is my favorite I think.  It features a creepy spider dangling from its web.

An antique looking flickering flame candle for my Spooky Halloween Lantern.

Darice Primitive Flameless CandleDarice Primitive Flameless Candle

The only other thing you need to do for your DIY Halloween lantern craft is to add an electric flameless candle so you can light it up at night.   A battery powered candle works really well for this.  I went with an antique looking candle because I thought it added to the spooky look, but any flameless candle will work – even the little electric tea lights.

If you have a flameless candle that has a cord, you can either leave the lantern door open or you can remove the glass from the door panel.  The vintage looking flameless candle I wanted was only available with a cord.  So I took the glass out of the lantern door, so I could run the cord out the back. I will use other decorations on the mantle to hide the cord completely.

I wouldn’t recommend using an actual candle in there because most are constructed with wood and I wouldn’t want to risk a fire if the lantern accidentally got bumped.  An electric flameless candle is a much safer option.

This fun DIY Halloween lantern will look great on your mantle this October. Click here to learn how quick and easy it is to make!

If you want to add to the creepy effect, get a flicker flame light bulb for your electric candle.  It makes it seem like there is actually a real candle in there and gives off a warm orange glow.

Pin this DIY Halloween Lantern Tutorial for later:

This spooky Halloween lantern craft will look great on your mantle this October. Click here to learn how quick and easy it is to make!

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If you make this spooky Halloween lantern craft, you will have to come back here and let me know how it turned out.  So tell me…  Have you made any Halloween crafts yet?

29 thoughts on “Spooky Halloween Lantern Craft

  1. Marie

    I love this!! I need to make these to display on my shelves this Halloween! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome tutorial. 🙂

  2. Allison

    This is so cute! It would be the perfect addition to any Halloween decor. I might need to find the time to make this. #bestofblogosphere

  3. Condo Blues

    I like your lantern so much, it is my feature pick for this week’s Friday Favorites Linky Party! I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week!

    1. Jen Post author

      I am glad you liked it 🙂 Thanks for the feature – I really appreciate it!

  4. Laurie

    This is a great idea for a lantern for Halloween decorating! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at Brag About It! Pinned 🙂

  5. Sandra Garth

    Wow Jen this looks expensive and your tutorials are so easy to follow. Thanks for joining us this week at Celebrate Your Story and sharing your links.

  6. Denise/DIY Crush

    LOVE this lantern!!! No wonder it got the most clicks from the DIY Crush Craft Party!! Come over and see it being featured tonight, Thursday at 7pm EST.! Thank you for sharing this great DIY!

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  11. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Jen, this is the cutest thing ever! I love the scene in each of the windows, it’s cool as well as spooky! Just one more reason I need to look into a Cricut, it’ s on my list for Christmas, you can do the coolest things with it! And you could do this with other holidays too. What a fun idea!

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  14. Julie

    That’s just amazing! I love the effect of the frosted glass and you picked perfect silhouettes. Nice project!

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