Make easy Halloween Silhouette Lanterns that will give your home a spooky, shadowy glow at night using the Cricut Joy and dollar store supplies!
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A few months ago, I had a crafternoon with my nieces. One of the things that we made were fairy lanterns. I bought a kit that included jars, hanging lids with lights, fairy silhouettes to glue inside the jar, and a bunch of extra embellishments for decorating.
With Halloween coming up, I was inspired by that fairy lantern project and made a couple of spooky cute Halloween silhouette lanterns. I love watching classic black and white horror movies around Halloween. So I used those movies as my inspiration and cut classic movie monster silhouettes out of vinyl to stick onto my DIY lanterns.
I love decorating on a budget! This project was super easy to make for under $10 with dollar store supplies like jars, lids, and LED lights. I also used my Cricut Joy and black vinyl to create the silhouettes.
How to Make Halloween Silhouette Lanterns
After choosing and resizing my images in Design Space, I cut them out and stuck them onto glass pint jars. Then, I screwed on hanging jar lids and added the LED lights inside. This fun Halloween craft came together quickly and looks great all lit up at night!
The first thing I had to do to make this project was choose my images. I chose mummy, tombstone, werewolf, and creepy tree silhouettes from the Design Space library.
After resizing the images to fit the jars, I proceeded to cut them out on solid black vinyl. Once they were cut, I weeded the images and trimmed off any excess backing.
I used Transfer Tape to stick the vinyl cutouts onto the jars. But since they’re smaller images, you could probably just peel and stick them onto the jars.
Once I had all of the images stuck onto the jars, all that was left to do was place the lights inside and screw on the lids!
- Pint jar
- Hanging jar lid
- LED lights
- Cricut Joy
- Removable black vinyl
- Cricut Joy™ StandardGrip Mat
- Weeding tools
- Transfer Tape
- Open this image file in Design Space. Resize the images, if necessary, to fit your jar. Then, click Make It.
- Prepare a Cricut Joy StandardGrip Mat with black vinyl (unless you’re using Smart Vinyl, then no mat is required for cutting). Then, follow the screen prompts to cut the images.
- Weed the images. Then, use Transfer Tape to stick the images onto the outside of the jar.
- Once the images are in place, add LED lights to the inside of the jar and screw on a hanging jar lid. Display your Halloween lantern in a window or on a table!
If you want to use these lanterns outside, I would recommend looking for solar lids that can be added to the jars. Otherwise, these lanterns are a cute indoor decoration that can be used on Halloween tiered trays, hung in windows, or used in a table centerpiece.
If you don’t have a Cricut cutting machine, you can cut silhouettes out of black cardstock or construction paper and glue them inside. But if you have a Cricut Joy, this is a quick craft that’s fun to put together for Halloween!
Did you make this Halloween Silhouette Lantern project? Share it on social media using the hashtag #livinglavidadiy. Don’t forget to tag me @lavidaholoka!
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