I absolutely love Halloween, and making Halloween luminaries is something I try to do every year. You can certainly make lanterns any time of year, but there’s just something special about things that glow during Halloween like burlap luminaries!
30 Halloween Luminaries to Light Up the Night
There are all sorts of materials that can serve as lanterns or luminaries. Can you think of anything around your house that could light up the night? Here are a few ideas:
- Glass and plastic jars
- Paper bags
- Small pumpkins
- Tin cans
- Plastic jugs and bottles
- Baby food jars
- Paper cups
Safety note: instead of candles, try LED tea lights, which make a great alternative to real flames!
Jars, Bottles, Cups & Cans
This DIY Halloween night light is made from an old Ovaltine container! So cool.
Crafts by Amanda shares these cool Colorful Skull Luminaries.
These Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries have been circulating the web since 2009.. via Crafts by Amanda.
This Creative Mom shared this cute Yarn Mummy Luminary.
Saved by Love Creations turned empty bottles into these Candy Corn Bottle Luminaries.
A Grande Life shares these darling Small Jar Luminaries!
Krylon shares how to make these Plastic Bottle Luminaries from recycled items.
We love these super simple Glowing Ghost Luminaries from Projects for Preschoolers.
The Australian Baby Blog turned ordinary tableware into these Plastic Cup Luminaries.
This Old House provides a detailed tutorial for making Tin Can Luminaries.
Kids will love this adorable Mummy Jar Luminary from Celebrations.
By painting her cans black, Jolly Mom turned a classic into these Black Tin Can Lanterns.
This Flying Witch Lantern is explained over at Making Lemonade
Hope you’ve been saving your milk jugs because these Milk Jug Lanterns from Making Memories with Your Kids are a must.
Crafts by Amanda shares her Ghost Luminaries from painted jars.
Pumpkins & Jack O’ Lanterns
This mason jar pumpkin from Love and Marriage is perfect for little crafters. It is so easy and fun!
I love the way this Twine Pumpkin Luminary glows! Via Flourish.
100 Directions explains how to turn one of those cute little pumpkins into this darling Wax Paper Pumpkin Luminary
The Garden Glove shares how to make Drilled Pumpkins for your porch.
Head over to Red Ted Art and make some darling Paper Mache Tissue Paper Pumpkin Lanterns.
Also over at Red Ted Art you’ll find these Jack-O-Lantern Luminaries
Not So Idle Hands has a great tutorial for making these Tissue Paper Jack O’ Lantern Jars.
Paper, Vellum & Paper Bags
I love the spooky feel these Black Paper Lanterns from The Southern Institute give off!
I spotted these gorgeous Colorful LED Light Luminaries over at Halloween Forum.
Use any printable you like, or these ones shared by For Chic Sake to make these Printable Vellum Luminaries.
Vellum isn’t the only thing that you can use! Check out these Printable Paper Luminaries from Not Just Decorating.
Make Simple Stenciled Paper Bag Luminaries from paper bags – via Modern Parents Messy Kids
Martha Stewart shows you how to make these beautiful Paper Bag Leaf Lanterns.
If you head over to Aunt Peaches she’ll show you how to make Spider Web Luminaries.
Unique & Quirky
Remember those melted bead sun catchers? Make some Melted Bead Luminaries too, via Sarah vs. Sarah.
These spooky Skeleton Hands glow in the night from Formal Fringe.
Who would have thought?? Katie Did It – she made cool Cheese Grater Pumpkin Luminaries.