I love all of the fun and easy lighted Halloween crafts that you can make for the holiday. These ideas can be used to decorate the inside and outside of your home to welcome trick or treaters. Use these ideas as a starting point and then personalize each one to give it your own twist. This way you can make friendly, or spooky, Halloween decorations to fit your style.
You can make pretty Halloween lanterns and displays using milk cartons, or by simply building your own design using cardboard and paper. Here are a few ideas for how to create your own Halloween Lanterns or decorations using milk cartons.
Use a clean and dry milk carton, juice carton, or cardboard box.
Cut out a rectangle on each side of the box, leaving about a 1″ border all the way around. You are essentially creating a picture frame on each side of the box and your Halloween scene will go in the middle .
Paint the outside of the box black, or whatever dark color you’d like. Black paint is ideal because it adds to the Halloween scene and gives it the evening silhouette you want.
Cut out a piece of wax paper, parchment, or transparent paper that will allow light to shine through it.
Stencil a design onto the paper, or you could also cut out a design and glue that to the paper. This is where you can use your imagination to create a spooky or fun design. Some ideas include making a jack-o-lantern face, or a witch riding a broom. Black construction paper is perfect for creating cut-out designs and a sharpie marker can be used to hand-draw a design too.
Tape or glue the paper with the design to the inside of the box. You put the paper on the inside of the box so that the carton creates a frame around it.
TIP: Do you have solar powered garden lights along your front walkway? Charge the lights during the day and then on Halloween night go out and add the milk carton decorations over the light for a glow-in-the-dark Halloween decoration that will look really cool!
Milk Carton Halloween Village
You can use the same technique outlined above to create your very own Halloween village. This project is lots of fun to put on display on your front porch or entrance way. It will be the first thing that visitors see when knocking on your door for trick or treating.
I hope you enjoy making your own Halloween lanterns and light-up decorations. These are fun projects to do with the kids and you can make these crafts as easy, or complex, as you’d like. Get creative and build your very own Halloween light-up display.
Candles are a fun way to decorate the inside and outside of your house for Halloween. You can make your own Halloween decorations using glass jars and a little creativity. Add a spooky ghost, or witch on a broomstick to the mason jar to create a Halloween mason jar candle that will add just the right touch of spookiness to your decor.
Supplies Needed to Make a Flaming Glass Jar Halloween Candle:
Any clean glass jar. This can be a mason jar, food jar, or jelly jar that has been thoroughly cleaned and dried.
Instructions for making a Glass Jar Halloween Candle
Paint the inside of the jar orange. You can do this easily by mixing a little bit of mod podge and food coloring in the jar. Mix it right in the jar and then swirl it around to cover the inside of the jar. Let dry overnight.
Rip of pieces of masking tape (varying the length and width of each piece) and attach to the outside of the jar. You’re trying to make it look like flames. Place the tape along the bottom half of the jar, with the masking tape placed vertically to resemble the flames.
Paint the outside of the jar with black spray paint. Let dry.
Remove the masking tape.
Insert a battery-operated tea light, or candle, into the jar and you now have a candle that has the black and orange colors of Halloween, plus it looks like flames. Very cool!
You can also add some ribbon to the top of the jar, or any additional design elements that you think jazz it up a bit. I’ve outlined the basic steps, but you can get really creative with this one.
Here are a few pictures to show you how easy it is to make this flaming Halloween candle.
Add masking tape to candle to make it look like flames.
Paint with black spray paint.
Finished Halloween candle!
Here is a video from expertvillage that shows you all of details for how to make these great candles.
Here are a few more of my favorite Halloween candle ideas.
Halloween jar lanterns photo courtesy of frykitty on Flickr.
DIY mummy candles photo courtesy of Cy-V on Flickr.
Image of bat candle courtesy of slgckgc via Flickr.
Don’t just throw your old magazines away, turn them into a Magazine Christmas Tree. This easy craft lets you fold your way to a beautiful holiday decoration and a fun Christmas Craft that anyone can do.
Use magazines of different sizes to create a winter scene with several of these magazine Christmas trees grouped together on a table. And since you’re re-using products you already have, this is one Christmas craft that costs next to nothing.
Christmas Craft – Magazine Christmas Tree
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