Itty Bitty Scary Lanterns

Have you priced those antique Halloween containers? Wow! Here's a way to make them for about 10 cents each.

3 fiber seedling pots
black and orange acrylic paint
gold glitter glue
colored tissue paper
tacky glue
thin wire
electric tea lights

darning needle

With sharp scissors, cut out two oval shaped eyes, a triangle nose and a banana shaped mouth from one side of the pots. Cut out triangles from another pot and use them as ears. Paint inside & out with gesso. The pots are porous and the gesso seals them nicely.

Paint the outside and inside with the black paint. Paint whiskers on the forehead and beside the nose with the glitter glue. When dry, glue colored tissue ( green for eyes, red for nose and yellow for mouth) to the inside, covering the openings. With a black permanent marker, draw pointed ovals for irises and a grid for teeth. Punch two small holes opposite each other on the top. Thread thin wire through the holes to form a handle.


Cut triangular eyes and nose and a smiling mouth with sharp scissors. Cover with gesso.

Paint the inside black and the outside orange. Glue a small piece of yellow tissue paper to the inside of the pot, covering the openings.

Punch two holes opposite each other on the top of the pot. Thread thin wire through the holes to form the handle.

Place electric tea lights in the bottom of each lantern. Don't you just love electric tea lights?These are perfect decoration for the Halloween table or mantle.


The Celery Stock said...

Those are so cute. What a great idea!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

These are so cute and you have several cool halloween projects. I'd love for you to come by and share your two or so favorites at my halloween link party at !

DogsMom said...

I have not seen these in stores but bet yours are cuter, while still spooky.
AND a whole lot cheaper.

SisterDG said...

What a brilliant idea!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

These are great. I hope you will link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 Oct 09:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Q @ JAQS said...

Those are sooo cute!

I'll like to invite you to share this at my FIRST EVER linky party :) @


Alida - Radcrafter said...

Very cute! Looks like a great kids craft.


Ashley said...

these are fun!!!

Marilyn said...

How unique and beautiful..I love it..I would love for you to pls link and share this via my linky party today ~ Pin Inspitational Thursdays via TY. ps: officially following ya :))

shopannies said...

what a great and unique idea so super cute come see what I shared at

Linda said...

These are really fun! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Hopped over from Common Ground!

Lindsay said...

Super creative! And how cute & festive are they?? You did a really nice job! Thank you so much for sharing this @ Show & Share. Very happy that you did!

The Tablescaper said...

What a creative idea. It would be great to have you join me at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Beckyface said...

This is such a great idea or shall I say "Clever", I was just watching a show on HGTV called "That's Clever", your project should be on there. Thanks for sharing.

Q @ JAQS said...

Hi :) - I've featured you on my blog today:

Have any new projects? I'm having "Made by ME" linky party #2 this week and I would love for you to link up again if you like :).

lovecrafts said...

Love it, thanks for sharing.

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