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DIY Halloween Lanterns

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Every year I add something new to outdoor decorations; I am adding DIY Halloween Lanterns. I am sure they will delight our Trick or Treaters. 

DIY Halloween Lantern hanging on a shepherd's hook

Halloween Lantern

 I have added some other fantastic Halloween DIY ideas at the end of this DIY. I am sure you will find some amazing inspiration. 

How to Make Halloween Lanterns

This adorable Halloween lantern was easy and inexpensive to create. I used ordinary ideas to make a one-of-a-kind pumpkin lantern.

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Halloween Lantern Supplies

***Before making the lantern I recommend you watch the how-to video.

Supplies to make embroidery hoop Halloween lantern

Halloween lantern supplies

Painting Embroidery Hoops

I wanted to spray paint my embroidery hoops so I tied some twine between two shepherds’ hooks. 

Embroidery hoops outside hanging on twine

Embroidery hoops ready to be painted

I have to confess I had a great time painting the hanging hoops. 

Spray painting embroidery hoops hanging from twine

Painting embroidery hoops

Assembling Lantern

After the painted dried I gathered all my supplies to create Halloween lanterns. 

Next, I removed the screw from the outer embroidery hoop. 

Removing the screw from the embroidery hoop

Remove the screw

Place one of the inner embroidery hoops inside the other one and center them. 

Center the inner embroidery hoops

Inner embroidery hoops centered

Add a few dots of glue on the center bottom hoops.

Placing hot glue on the bottom center hoops

Glue the bottom hoops

Before the glue sets up add the outer embroidery hoop (the one with the metal eyes) and adjust the hoops so that they are evenly spaced. 

Center the outer embroidery and hold the medal screw eyes together

Hold the metal screw eyes together

Secure the hoops with a piece of wire tied through metal eyes. 

Wire the metal eyes together

Hoops secured with wire

I filled the area between and around the eye metal eyes with hot glue.

Adding a hot glue to top center on a craft mat

Glue top center


Lantern Solar Light

I wanted the easiest light to maintain so I choose a solar light. However, the gorgeous cracked glass globe of the solar light was very heavy. Therefore I decided to remove it. 

Embroidery hoops and solar light

Solar light and Lantern

 The shiny silver solar light needed to be covered. I cut a piece of orange vinyl to wrap around it. Then I replaced the hangers.  

Reattaching the hanger after covering it with orange vinyl

Reattach the hanger

Then I glued a piece of ribbon over the center of the metal eyes.

Gluing a piece of black and white ribbon to the top of the lantern

Attach ribbon to the top

Pumpkin Lantern Stem

I wanted to add a “real stem” so I used the next best thing a stem of a tree branch. To attach the stem I asked my husband to tunnel out an area for the metal eyes. I added glue to the tunnel in the stem then waited a few minutes before attaching it. 


Adding hot glue to the stem (stick)

Add stem over the metal eyes

Place the stem over the metal eyes

Add stem

Glue and attach leaves to the hoops.

Attach leaves to the embroidery lantern

Decorate with leaves

Ribbon Bow

Tie a ribbon around the stem. To make a bow I wrapped ribbon around your fingers three times and cut the ribbon. Use the ribbon that is tied around the stem to attach the ribbon loops. 

Add a bow to the lantern's stem

Attach a ribbon bow to the lantern

To display the lantern I used a shepherd’s hook between my DIY skeletons

Handmade skeletons holding the DIY Halloween Lantern

DIY Halloween Lantern and handmade skeletons

Skeletons holding the Halloween Lantern

DIY Halloween Lantern

Last year I used one of my DIY Lanterns for light between the skeletons. 


More Halloween Inspiration

These adorable little ghosts paper lanterns are sure to make everyone smile.

Handmade paper lanterns with ghosts faces

Halloween paper lanterns

This amazing huge spider is just one of the three spiders my daughter, Olivia, made. I cannot wait to see how the kids enjoy them. 

Huge Outdoor Spider hanging on a fence

Outdoor Halloween Spider

How about this DIY Boho Halloween wreath made with an old bike wheel is adorable and groovy at the same time? It is perfect for Halloween decorating indoors and out. 

Halloween wreath made with a bike wheel

DIY Halloween Wreath

I am obsessed with this friendly scarecrow

Blue jean overalls scarecrow on a porch

Friendly scarecrow

I am sure the kids will love this cute DIY scarecrow.

Handmade skeleton hanging from the porch roof

Handmade skeleton

These DIY garage door decorations are sure to keep the zombies away.

Garage door zombie decorations

Halloween garage door decorations

I have been working on some easy, gorgeous fall decorating projects you will love, so if you don’t want to miss any inspiration, join The Fall Inspiration Newsletter and get it delivered to your inbox.

Happy Fall, 


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Marie - Interior Frugalista

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Your Halloween lanterns are super cute, Kippi!


Friday 17th of September 2021

Such a fun idea! I just bought my first ever embroidery hoops for a craft & I'm so excited to try them. I don't think mine will be as creative as this though!


Friday 17th of September 2021

I love these. A great way to light up an area so it doesn't look so scary for the kids.


Monday 13th of September 2021

What a fun way to add Halloween decorating to your yard or back porch. I really like the branch for a stem and the REAL light. Thanks for the idea and inspiration. Definitely pinning.

Olivia O'Hern

Monday 13th of September 2021

Love how this lantern turned out! Super cute with minimal supplies. Thanks for sharing.

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