Milk Carton Halloween Lantern

If you’ve got it, haunt it! Upcycle a milk carton into a ghostly good DIY Halloween lantern that glows indoors or out.

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Supplies:

  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola No. 2 Pencil
  • Crayola Acrylic Paint
  • Crayola Paint Brush
  • Crayola Take Note Permanent Markers
  • Crayola No-Run Washable School Glue
  • Upcycled Carton
  • Ruler
  • Sponge
  • Tissue Paper
  • Battery-Operated String Lights
  • Hole Punch
  • Ribbon

CIY Staff Tips:

  • Experiment with cutting your sponge into different spooky shapes!
  • Can be an indoor or outdoor decoration—just bring inside if inclement weather strikes!

Steps:

1
Step 1

Have an adult cut off top of upcycled carton.

2
Step 2

On side of carton, draw outline for rectangular opening with pencil, approximately 1” from top and sides.

3
Step 3

Have an adult cut out the opening.

4
Step 4

Rotate carton once and repeat steps 2–3. Repeat until all sides have an opening.

5
Step 5

Cover carton with dark paint. Dry 1–2 hours. Add second coat. Dry 1–2 hours.

6
Step 6

Sketch outline of ghost on sponge with pencil. Cut out.

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Step 7

Lightly dab paint on sponge, then stamp on tissue paper. Repeat until tissue paper is full of ghosts.

8
Step 8

Draw outline and face on ghosts with marker.

9
Step 9

Using carton as a guide, sketch and cut out patterned tissue paper large enough for 1 panel.

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Step 10

Glue tissue paper to inside of carton, paint facing out.

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Step 11

Repeat steps 9–10 until all carton openings are filled with tissue paper.

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Step 12

Place battery-operated string lights in carton.

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Step 13

Hole punch 2 sides of lantern close to carton top. Feed ribbon through holes and tie into knots.

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Step 14

Hang to display as a Halloween decoration!

  • Occasion:

    • Special Occasions,

    • Fall,

    • Halloween

  • Age:

    • 6+,

    • 8+,

    • Tween+


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