DIY Tutorial Paper Craft for Halloween Lantern -One of the easiest and arguably most fun Halloween crafts for kids is to make paper lanterns. Halloween without lanterns is like human without a soul. Jack O’ Lantern is going to be all over the place in just few days, and there is no fun in using the same old lighting ornaments as everybody else. You want something different, unique, one of a kind but without breaking the bank. It may sound like a tall order, but this paper craft is much easier than you have in mind.
Instead of spending a lot of money on pieces of ornaments that you would use only once in a year, there is just a lot more fun in doing DIY Halloween decoration with friends and families. Halloween crafts ideas are overabundant; when you work with people you love, the possibilities are seemingly endless. With a sewing machine and mere household items, you can start making your own distinctive Halloween lantern.
Things You’ll Need
- Paper lanterns – preferably the round-shaped ones
- Card stock or black paper
- Craft knife or scissors
- Bulb-style lamp fixture
- Sewing machine
- Colored tape and tissue paper
- Small hole punch
- Take a pile of cardstock and start making cutouts of Halloween-themed shapes such as bats, spiders, witch, ghosts, and so on. It would be easier if you draw the shapes first using a pencil and cut along the outer lines of the drawings. A single piece of cardstock should fit at least two shapes, so you don’t accidentally make things bigger than you need.
Note: assuming you use spider or other creepy crawlies, you may want to decorate the cut outs with red accents or any other color you see fit. To do this, make small cutouts from colored tissue paper; it is best to use dark colors such as dark red, dark purple, dark green, dark blue, etc. Make sure the decorative cutouts are small enough for the creepy crawlies. Carefully attach the smaller cutouts to the bigger ones with tape.
- Wrap the paper lantern around a hanging light bulb. Make sure the light is off when you do this. Another important thing to consider is that the light color will play a factor in the final effect. It is better to use white light bulb and use the color of the paper lantern to get the visual appeal you want.
- To disguise the light bulb cord, wrap a generous length of fabric around it.
- Attach the already-decorated cutouts to the paper lantern. You can use glue or brad to do this. Glue is not bad, but sometimes it can get messy and ruin the beauty of your Halloween lantern. Using a brad will be a little bit more complicated because you need to punch a hole or two in each cutout.
- Turn the lights on and see a spooky lantern swarmed by creepy crawlies. Repeat the same process for another Halloween lantern.