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DIY Paper Halloween Lanterns

It’s time for another fun Silhouette Challenge. I had so much fun last month with my first challenge that I happily jumped at the opportunity to do it again.

This month’s challenge is Fall-o-ween and since we are busy decorating our home for Halloween, I decided to use my Silhouette to make some more Halloween decor. What did I end up making? These fun and easy DIY paper Halloween lanterns.

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

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Sadly, today I came down with a head cold. I am such a baby for things like that. Since this cold is making my head feel like mush, I can’t for the life of me think of anything to write.

So instead of boring you with mindless words, or even worse, writing something that makes no sense, I am going to show you pretty pictures of these fun DIY paper Halloween lanterns then give you a tutorial. Short and sweet!

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

And while you enjoy the pictures and tutorial, I am going to drink some OJ and go to bed. Maybe in the morning I will be able to form complete sentences again.

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Well, are you totally convinced you need to make some lanterns for yourself? Hopefully the tutorial will make sense, if not, there are lots of pictures so you should be good. Enjoy!

How to make DIY Paper Halloween Lanterns

Supplies:

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Cut the lanterns out of cardstock. For the small Boo lantern, cut 2 of the lantern side pieces and 1 of the top piece.

For the larger pumpkin lantern, the top is in 2 pieces so you will need to cut 2 of the side pieces and 2 of the top pieces.

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Cut 4 pieces of vellum paper just smaller than the side of the lantern. For this I just used a ruler and scissors since you just need 4 rectangular pieces that don’t need to be perfect.

Using the school glue, coat the back of the lantern and press a piece of vellum onto it. Rub it well so the glue sticks well to the vellum. Repeat on all 4 sides of the lantern.

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Assemble the sides of the lantern by folding along the dotted lines, then glueing the tabs at the corners until you have a rectangle.

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Fold along the dotted lines of the top piece so that there is a little lip around the bottom of the piece as shown in the picture below.

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Add a bead of hot glue in the lip and press it firmly until it dries to secure it. Repeat on all 4 sides of the top piece.

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Finish assembling the top by glueing the flaps to create a triangle on top of the lip you just created

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

For the larger lantern, the top piece is cut into 2 pieces, so after you secure the triangle top closed with glue, use a piece of tape to hold the bottom of the piece together.

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Now glue the top to the lantern sides by putting some hot glue on the flaps on the top of the sides then pressing the top on them. Hold until it hardens.

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Use flameless tea lights (please, please, please do not put real candles inside your paper lanterns, no one needs a fire this Halloween!) inside your lanterns and watch them glow.

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

My kids are loving these lanterns so much, we will have to replace the batteries in our tea lights many times before Halloween. Or maybe I just need to hide the tea lights so they don’t keep turning them on. It would be okay if they didn’t only turn them on in the daytime when you can’t really see the glow anyway!

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Don’t forget to sign up for access to my library of free downloads today. Inside you will have access to the cut files (and PDFs) for these DIY paper Halloween lanterns and much, much more. If you already have your password, click here to access the library. 

Now don’t forget to check out the other amazing Fall-o-ween crafts that you can make with your Silhouette. After I get feeling better, I need to take the weekend off so I can get in some more crafting.

Fall and Halloween Silhouette Crafts

Simply {Darr}ling – Sweater Weather Coffee Mug

Dwell Beautiful – Hello Fall Mason Jar

Houseful of Handmade – DIY Paper Halloween Lanterns

Rachel Teodoro – Black and White Halloween

C’mon Get Crafty – Witches Magic Hat Wine Glass

Knock It Off Kim – DIY Halloween T-Shirt with Ghost Elbows

My Life From Home – Hello Fall Sign

Pocketful of Posies – Gone Batty Wreath

Thanks for stopping by,

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

These are the perfect decorations for a Halloween buffet table or in a dark window. Make these DIY paper Halloween lanterns easily with the free digital cut file or PDF to decorate your home this Halloween. | Housefulofhandmade.com

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Shelley Bell

Wednesday 1st of November 2017

i cant get access to file

Kati

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

I'm so sorry about that Shelley. The files are free to my email subscribers. After you sign up you should get an email with a password. You can download the files by going to https://housefulofhandmade.com/subscriber-library/ and entering your password. If you need any additional help, please email me and I can make sure you can get access!

Laura

Thursday 28th of September 2017

Hi Kati ~ I love your lanterns. Absolutely adorable!! Thank you for sharing. Would you happen to have the Pumpkin and Boo cut outs in SVG cut files?

Kati

Friday 6th of October 2017

Hello Laura, I just updated the library so the SVG files are there. Happy crafting!

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

Monday 24th of October 2016

Oh my goodness these are so great!!

Kati

Friday 28th of October 2016

Thanks Joanna, I'm excited to light them in my windows this weekend.

Loretta

Sunday 23rd of October 2016

So simple and just darn cute :) I need to remember to pick up the little LED tealights for $1 a pack next time I'm at the store, they'd be perfect for these.

Kati

Friday 28th of October 2016

I just got me some little LED lights and they are awesome, so bright. I can't wait to use them this Christmas too.

Antonella | White House Crafts

Wednesday 19th of October 2016

These lanterns are so adorable and creative! I hope you will share with us at The Crafty Corner link party!

Kati

Thursday 20th of October 2016

Thanks Antonella. I'll have to come by and visit.

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