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12 DIY Halloween Lanterns You Can Make In No Time

Are you afraid of the dark?

diy halloween lanterns
Erin Spain

On Halloween, the witching hour starts as soon as the sun sets, so make sure you're prepared with some festive lanterns. You don't have to go out and buy anything new—there are plenty of options to DIY your Halloween decor, no matter what your skill level. We pinky-promise they won't end up as Pinterest fails. Read on for a dozen DIY Halloween lanterns.

1 Spider Light Up Mason Jar
Courtesy of Momdot

This creepy-crawly craft will terrify arachnophobics to their very core.

Get the tutorial at Momdot.

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2 Halloween Paper Lanterns
Courtesy of The Crafting Chicks

This one is easy enough that kids (or craft-challenged adults) can totally handle it.

Get the tutorial at The Crafting Chicks.

BUY NOW Orange Construction Paper, $5

3 Candy Lanterns
Courtesy of Sugar and Charm

This one is so easy, you don't even have to do any crafting. Turn any of your existing lanterns into Halloween decor by filling them up with candy!

See more at Sugar and Charm.

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4 Glowing Mason Jars
Courtesy of Jolene's Crafting

If you've never met a mason jar you didn't like, this is the Halloween DIY for you.

Get the tutorial at Jolene's Crafting.

BUY NOW Mason Jars, $8

5 Haunted Mansion Lanterns
Courtesy of Polka Dot Chair

Recreate the decor from your favorite Disney ride at home! They're Jack Skellington-approved.

Get the tutorial at Polka Dot Chair.

BUY NOW Metal Lantern, $23

6 Paper Lantern Monsters
Courtesy of My Creative Days

Here are some monsters that won't scare your kiddos. Let them customize them with their favorite colors!

Get the tutorial at My Creative Days.

BUY NOW Paper Lanterns, $10

7 Tin Can Lanterns
The Paper Mama

Not sure what to do with your old food cans? Make these whole punched tin can lanterns for Halloween. Or, if you don't have any, just order some on Etsy.

Get the full tutorial from The Paper Mama.

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8 Mod Podge Halloween Lanters
Courtesy of Erin Spain

Light the way to your front door on Halloween night with these ghost and pumpkin lanterns.

Get the tutorial at Erin Spain.

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9 Mummy Luminaries
Crafts for Courtney

For this one, you'll just need paper mache materials (or cheese clothes) and mason jars.

Get the full tutorial from Modge Podge Rocks.

BUY NOW Mason Jars, $8

10 Enchanting Lanterns
Courtesy of Adventure in a Box

The real magic happens when the lights go out.

Get the tutorial at Adventure in a Box.

BUY NOW Mason Jars, $8

11 Jack O' Light Up Lantern
Courtesy of DIY Candy

Way less mess than carving an actual pumpkin.

Get the tutorial at DIY Candy

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12 Upcycled Halloween Lanterns
Courtesy of Le Coin de Mel

Don't toss your glass jars—this is a creative, spooky way to upcycle them.

Get the tutorial at Le Coin de Mel.

BUY NOW Mason Jars, $8