With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start getting caught up in fake spider webs, scarecrows and pumpkin with silly faces that sit on your front porch. And with these cute ghost lanterns that can be made using everyday household items, your home is sure to look spookily good for the fall season.
Creating these ghost lanterns is so easy and fun that there is no limit to how many or how decorative you can get with them. What you will first need to make sure of is that you have all of the supplies necessary to assemble your ghost lantern. An empty milk jug (the plastic kind) will be used as the ghost itself, while either a fake burning candle or tiny twinkle lights are used to illuminate your lantern and a permanent marker will be used to draw the face.
Once you have your milk container ready, make sure that all contents are thoroughly emptied and the inside has a chance to dry before you begin. Then, you will find a permanent marker, black I have found works best but any dark color can be substituted if you so choose, and draw the ghost’s eyes, nose and mouth. Be sure that while you are drawing your ghost face, that the lid of the milk container is fastened tight. This way, while you are drawing, no air is let out of the container which would then cause the container to bend inward, ruining your lantern.
The face of your ghost is what will bring your lantern to life once it’s lit, and is the most fun of the entire project. During this stage, you can decide what personality your ghost will have. Will it be scared? Mean? Scary? Happy? Laughing? It’s all up to you, and no matter what face you decide to give your ghost lantern, you can be sure that it will be original.
After you have drawn your ghost face, and are satisfied with it, it is then time to cut the small section of the container that the lights will be inserted into. On the opposite side of where you have drawn your ghost face is where you will cut, preferably near the bottom of the container and in a rectangular shape. The cut doesn’t have to be very large, just large enough to be able to insert either your fake burning candle, or tiny twinkle lights.
I prefer using the fake burning candles, only because then I do not have to worry about plugging in the twinkle lights if I choose to keep my ghost lantern outside with not many outlets available. When you have chosen which form of lighting you are going to use for your lantern, and have placed it through the incision you have made, you are then ready to place your lantern wherever you choose.
If you would prefer to change up the design of your lantern and stray away from giving it a ghost face, and instead draw a bat or a wolf howling at the moon, that is perfectly alright and the directions would remain the same after the drawing of your container is complete.
Creating your very own ghost lantern is a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit and an affordable way to decorate your home. Not to mention it is a great way to get creative and produce something of originality that is sure to produce a terrific decoration each time.