Scare Up Some Spooky Lanterns for Halloween!


Halloween is the time of year when everyday objects can be transformed to appear a little spooky. . .and seen in a whole new light.


 I gave my lanterns a spooky incarnation for Halloween a couple of years ago inspired by a lantern I had seen while shopping.

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 I found a pad of Brenda Walton Haunted Papers at Michaels that were double-sided~ two images on each page, twice the scare :)


I slipped a piece of glass out of the tab holders in my lantern to use as a template.

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You could make a cardboard template if your glass won’t slip out or to prevent breaking it.


I slid the cut pages down into the tabs of the lantern against the glass~ adding a little 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 and spooky ambiance using LED candles. You could use a vellum or acetate paper for a more ghostly illumination.

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Add a raven and some ribbon. . .and a spider or two if you dare. . .


Fast forward three years and my lanterns are looking a little decrepit, weathered from the elements . . .

Spooky Fun for Broken Lanterns

 A cracked pane, a broken hinge and rust. . .


I found Martha Stewart Crafts Gothic Lace Window and Mirror Clings, conjured from the aisles of Michaels. . .a short broom ride away. <|:>)


Reusable spider clings adhere to glass surfaces and the lantern panes.


Add some addition spooky additions for some haunted lantern fun. . .


With ghostly white pumpkins, glittery spiders, leaves and twigs. . .


Spooky lanterns and a little Halloween life for lanterns that were destined for the graveyard in their decrepit state!

Befitting a Haunted Potting Shed!

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  20 comments for “Scare Up Some Spooky Lanterns for Halloween!

  1. Sherlie Magaret
    October 22, 2015 at 6:51 am

    How cute and spooooookkkkkky your shed is. I love it! What a great idea for the lanterns.

  2. Jane
    October 22, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Your clever and beautiful blog never ceases to bring joy to my day. I admire your efforts, and you bring just a touch of rural to someone in a quite cosmopolitan area. Oh, to have a neighbor like you to drop in on and share a cup of coffee. Thank you for providing something perhaps almost as good! Happy autumn to you!

  3. October 22, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Looks like you’re all spookified for the big day… or should I say night:@)

  4. Ellen Stillabower
    October 22, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Oh Oh my! What frightfully, wonderful ideas…and to save a lantern from the trash..that’s the best!! I hate throwing anything it all, love it all and thank you for the invite, I’ll be there!! Thanks also for sharing!! 🎃🎃🎃👀👀👀💀💀💀

  5. October 22, 2015 at 7:26 am

    So adorable!!

  6. October 22, 2015 at 7:36 am

    The spooky lanterns look hauntingly welcoming for all witches, Mary. Thanks for the product tips from Michaels, to spruce up old or new lanterns. I love the witches shoes at the end of your post, and of course your potting shed all decked out in Halloween decor.

  7. October 22, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Mary, you are forever up to something clever and creative. I think I think my old lanterns to the thrift store last spring in my frenzy to purge and get the house ready for the market. Ha! I’m feeling a tad frustrated these days with so much packed and in storage. Wish a crystal ball could tell me what the plans are.
    Love the idea of the paper inserts. Spooky! Glad to see you will be at the tea party. Fun!

  8. Joni
    October 22, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Your spooky lanterns are so cute for Halloween. I love your potting shed and all the details. It is so charming.

  9. October 22, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Your potting shed is the best venue to scare up some crafty Halloween ideas for sure. Love the lanterns, and thanks for the tips!

  10. October 22, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I do so love lanterns and have loved every single decorating idea you have shared with us using them in oh, so many different and creative ways!

  11. sandi magle
    October 22, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Totally love your lanterns…hope they will pass the ‘spooky’ test for next year…grandbaby really drew the line this year on what was spooky or not…so we have pumpkins and spiders and that’s it!…Love your ideas! Thanks, Sandi

  12. Melodie Strickland
    October 22, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Love the Halloween decorations for your potting shed. What a wonderful and creative idea for lanterns.

  13. Paula
    October 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm


    Any witch would be happy to park her broom at your haunted (adorable) potting shed :)


  14. Marie in AZ
    October 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    All your spooky decorations came together just beautifully! Makes me wish I had a potting shed to decorate…

  15. Shawn
    October 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    You always give resources at the end of your posts, but ha! not this time. I NEED to know where to get those witchy shoes! Please and thanks.

    • October 22, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      They’re included at the end of my Haunted Shed post. They’re from Kohl’s :)

      • Shawn
        October 27, 2015 at 8:42 am

        Thank you Mary!

  16. October 23, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Love your creepy clingies Mary! Great for spookifying your lanterns! Looking forward to the Witches Tea Party on Saturday!

  17. Laura
    October 26, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Love how you have filled and decorated the shoes. Great ideas for the lanterns and OH- those sweet tiny pumpkins!

  18. November 2, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    love your spiders on the go!

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