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Upcycled Halloween Lanterns – 10 Minute Crafts

Although these spooky Halloween lanterns look effective, they take no time at all to make. In fact, you could have them ready in 10 minutes from start to finish once you sit down with the few things you need. Oh, and I find little lanterns like these a great way to recycle glass jars.


On Mondays, Wriggly (2 years 3 months) and I are on our own for approximately five hours. We usually play in the morning and I get on with tidying up and cleaning when she has a nap. She has started to fight sleep and on Monday, as she would not sleep, I decided to have a bit of fun with her.

Obviously, making lanterns with Wriggly took longer than 10 minutes because I was letting my little lady have fun, but when I make them by myself, they take 5-10 minutes each.

To start with, Wriggly was not too sure about the glue. She kept looking at traces of it on her hand and she had a wary look about her, but after a minute, she embraced the chaos and started spreading the glue on her jar using a paintbrush.


She also enjoyed adding on small pieces of tissue paper, until they started sticking to her hands, bless her.


You can tear small strips of tissue paper like we did previously to make Halloween lanterns, but this time, I used my paper trimmer to save time.


This is what we used:

A few clean empty jars, labels taken off
PVA glue mixed with water
A paintbrush
Tissue paper
Halloween silhouettes (I found ours on Pinterest, and they were from there and there)
Tea light candles


Start by cutting the tissue paper of tearing it into small strips.

Cut around the silhouettes. For more intricate designs, you can use nail scissors.

Cover the outside of a jar with glue, and add tissue paper on top.


A couple of layers will give a good finish.

Brush more glue on top of the tissue paper, stick your silhouette and cover it in glue as well, so you get a nice, glossy finish when it is dry. Place your jars upside down on a cooling rack for the night.


Disclosure: Bostik sent us a selection of crafting supplies free of charge as part of the Tots100/Bostik Craft Bloggers’ Club.  I was gifted the paper trimmer by Fellowes UK. All photos and opinions are my own.

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  1. lou
    25/09/2016 / 6:35 am

    What spooky fun!

    • Mel
      26/09/2016 / 12:29 am

      He he!

  2. Nikki ⭐ (@MissSparkles81)
    01/10/2016 / 10:23 am

    These are amazing! I cant believe how easy they are to make! I will be giving this a go!

    • Mel
      01/10/2016 / 9:50 pm

      I hope you enjoy making them!

  3. Hannah
    01/10/2016 / 2:09 pm

    These are so cool! I have to make one x

    • Mel
      01/10/2016 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks Hannah!

  4. Victoria Marden
    01/10/2016 / 4:10 pm

    These seem awesome, I may have to try and make these with my daughter x

    • Mel
      01/10/2016 / 9:51 pm

      Let me know if you do!

  5. Rebecca Smith
    01/10/2016 / 7:09 pm

    These are such a great idea! Will have to make some with Jack!

    • Mel
      01/10/2016 / 8:12 pm

      Thanks lovely. So easy too!

  6. Lauren
    01/10/2016 / 8:15 pm

    What a brilliant idea, I love the cat one. Off to fish the jars I just put into the recycling thingy back out of it again!

    • Mel
      01/10/2016 / 9:44 pm

      Ha ha, you made me giggle here! Go on, make them and then tag me when you share a photo on social media 🙂

  7. fashionandstylepolice
    02/10/2016 / 10:11 am

    Wow this is so creative. You guys did an amazing job.

    • Mel
      02/10/2016 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks lovely

  8. wonderfullybookish
    02/10/2016 / 10:31 pm

    Wow, I love these! They’re so cool, I may just have to try making one myself!

    • Mel
      04/10/2016 / 9:15 pm

      Let me know if you do!

  9. Georgina Ingham | Culinary Travels
    04/10/2016 / 11:52 am

    What a great crafty thing to do. They look amazing.

    • Mel
      04/10/2016 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks Georgina, they were so much fun to make. A perfect morning with my girlie.

  10. Anosa
    05/10/2016 / 7:16 pm

    These are a lovely idea! So much easier than carving a pumpkin lol I can just about manage jagged teeth. Going to make these with my little one, he will love them

    • Mel
      05/10/2016 / 9:31 pm

      Make sure you tag me on Instagram of Twitter if you do make them. I’d love to see you ones!

  11. Sammie
    13/10/2017 / 2:58 pm

    What ratio do you mix the PVA and water? Thanks

    • Mel
      13/10/2017 / 6:29 pm

      Hi Sammie, I just add a tablespoon or two to make the PVA glue a bit thinner.

  12. Suzie Smith
    21/10/2017 / 3:35 pm

    Love this inspiration, thank you. Just pulled a load of jars from the recycling bin and got all sticky with the daughter. Think we’ll do this at Christmas too 🤗

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