A Spooky Incarnation~ Haunted Lanterns

I’m scaring up a Spooky Incarnation

for my lanterns for Halloween~

courtesy of scrapbook paper

from K&Company

from Michaels~

I saw this lantern at HomeGoods recently~

its creepy image kept haunting me,

but I couldn’t justify buying a lantern

 for the ghosts & goblins who would come calling~

Scrapbook paper pads at Michaels were 40% off~

I found a pad of Brenda Walton Haunted Papers

that were double-sided~

two images on each page, twice the scare :)

My lanterns have

celebrated the seasons. . .

holding pumpkins and leaves. . .

apples and pine cones. . .

and a wintery white mix~

But they’ve never

dressed up for Halloween~

I slipped a piece of glass out of the tab holders

in my lantern to use as a template.

You could make a cardboard template if your

glass won’t slip out or are afraid of breaking it.

I slid the cut pages down into the tabs of the lantern

against the glass~ adding a little bit of

double-sided tape to keep the pages flat against the glass.

I added a double-sided page on two opposite

sides of each lantern~ providing light & a 

spooky ambiance using LED candles.

You could use a vellum or acetate paper for a

more ghostly illumination.

Add a raven and

some ribbon. . .

Maybe a spider

or two. . .



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  30 comments for “A Spooky Incarnation~ Haunted Lanterns

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    October 8, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Your lanterns turned out great Mary! Love the bird seed in the bottom too! Looks like you’re all set for Halloween:@)

  2. October 8, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Spooktacular lanterns, Mary. Very clever, my friend!

    Ricki Jill

  3. October 8, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I’m with Ricki — Spooktacular!!!! YeeHaw!

  4. October 8, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I love the black & white check cloth and the orange polka dot paper, keeps it from being too scary! Great combination of materials and imagination, and very INSPIRING as always! I have lantern envy!

  5. October 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Oh I love love love this idea! Very clever and resourceful! I want to Copy Kat everything you do!!!

  6. October 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Mary…the lanterns are fantastic…what a terrific idea. I am loving the “not so scary Halloween decor”…Just love how versatile the PB lanterns are…I always love seeing how you dress them up for each season and your tablescapes….

  7. Debbie C.
    October 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I love your spooktacular transformation of the lanterns. Great job.

  8. October 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    What a great idea, and those papers are fantastic. I particularly like the skull and bat as they would match the spooky plates that I bought from Pottery Barn last year. I just pulled my lantern out of storage and was contemplating what to do with it. Clever!

  9. Debbie
    October 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I love your idea. Your lanterns are amazing! They turned out fantastic! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  10. October 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    This is SUPER DUPER COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m not saying I’m going to steal this idea…but I am! :-) Love it!!!

  11. October 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Mary, Yep your lanterns have been around and very beautifully I might add. I love this idea and they look spooky and perfectly dressed for Halloween. I must do something with mine now! Thanks for the idea….

  12. October 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Your pretty lanterns didn’t spook me, Mary. They are too cute to be scary! You decorate beautifully no matter the occasion. Thank you so much for coming to my new blog. ———-Shannon

  13. October 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    What a fun idea! You are so creative and I love all of your details and that those lanterns change for every season :)

  14. RRJD
    October 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Awesome idea! When I am too tired for creativity, I can always borrow some of yours! Thanks for sharing.

  15. October 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    The lanterns of yours are pretty versatile. How clever of you!

  16. October 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Well, I would love to copy cat this but I know I will NOT get to a craft store in the near future:) Still unpacking and will be for the forseeable future:):) LOVE this. XO, Pinky

  17. October 9, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Creative and clever! Love the way you change these lanterns to fit the season or the theme. This latest idea is really clever.

  18. October 9, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite DIY holiday ideas. I love the way this turned out!

  19. October 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I am going to have to find those papers. These are fabulous!

  20. Liz
    October 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Mary!
    I love lanterns. AND I love what you did with all of them. :)

    Have a great week!

  21. October 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Love your Halloween lanterns! So creative!

  22. October 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Oh now I see how you did the lanterns!! I needed to go to the next pic link on Seasonal Sundays!! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  23. October 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Love these!!! Gave me an idea I will have to try. If it works I will let you know.

  24. October 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Great job! I love how your re purpose your lanterns. They look terrific.

    – The Tablescaper

  25. October 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    How fun!! Spooky lanterns… Love them . Thanks for the mini tutorial.

  26. October 10, 2013 at 2:29 am

    What a great idea to make your lanterns do a whole ‘nother season instead of getting the lanterns that would be for Halloween only! Thanks for sharing that idea…it is one to copy for sure.

  27. October 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    What a great idea! Love this and might have to incorp for my lanterns. Thanks so much for sharing. Just found your blog and I’m hooked – ready to move to the lake like you :)
    xx, brett being-bianca.com

  28. October 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I love your blog and your fall lanterns, so gorgeous! I would like to invite you to join my blog party Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage to link up your vignette or anything else you’d like to. ( I usually start the link up on Saturdays) Hope to see you there, Mary

  29. October 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that your lanterns are featured on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop! Hugs…Debbie

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