These DIY Halloween Luminaries are both weather resistant and flamesless! Learn How to Make glowing Halloween Lanterns to create a spooky path to your door!
DIY Halloween Lanterns
Every October, I get so excited for all the season of fun decorations! From fall to Christmas, it is festival of crafting, decorating, and general mayhem to enjoy every second of the season. But let’s focus on Halloween first, shall we?!
I wanted to get a little crafty this Halloween and dress up the front entry way. I’ve always loved the look of glowing halloween pumpkin luminaries, but worry about the problems with having them outdoors.
You know – rain, wind, having a real flame in a paper bag.
All bad ideas.
So I went to the local hardware store in search of something that would be weather resistant for outdoor use but still super cute for my halloween luminary bags. And a-here we go!
DIY Halloween Lantern bag Supplies
You can click on the links for examples.
- White Blank Corrugated Plastic like these (the kind you use for yard signs)
- Metal Stakes
- An thin X-acto knife or craft knife (must be very sharp!)
- Black Acrylic Paint made for outdoors
- Optional: Stencils and a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Machine – I used these jack o’lantern stencils for my pumpkin lanterns.
How to make Halloween Luminaries
For this Halloween Luminaries DIY, I used 20×24 corrugated plastic yard signs to make these lanterns. The plastic makes them rain resistant, while being pretty cheap. I cut the signs in half lengthwise first so they measured 10×20.
I cut a razor edging along the top of each lantern. After deciding which side would be the front, I carefully cut only the outer layer of the corrugated board – aka don’t cut all the way through both sides. This allowed me to bend it around to form a box.
In case you are interested, my measurements for the front and back were 7 inches, and the sides are 3 inches each.
After that, it’s as simple as deciding your design! I’m building a witch’s potion shop theme for the front door, so I designed a set that says “ENTER IF YOU DARE”, but on the backs are some simple and fun jack-o-lanterns. So you are sure to be greeted on Halloween no matter how you come to our house.
I put 3 flame-less tea lights in each bag to give them a good glow, but you could also use battery powered string lights like these.
Lastly, I couldn’t have these spooky guys flying away on me if a breeze came up! If you buy actual yard signs, you may be able to use the metal “H” stakes that come with them. However, I purchased these wire stakes to secure them in the ground. They are 9-guage steel, the same as the stakes that come with the signs and a perfect fit!
Are you doing any Halloween decor this year? Or keeping it fall until Christmas comes?