Barefoot by the Sea: 31 Days of Halloween: Ghostly Lanterns

Monday, October 20, 2014

31 Days of Halloween: Ghostly Lanterns

With the weather getting seriously chilly these days, I'm starting to get concerned about the cost of oil.  Living in the Northeast, it can be really pricey to heat a home during the winter. I'm not actually talking about oil today but I'm talking about decorating for Halloween and how my budget this year is next to nothing.  I keep seeing adorable Halloween decorations all over the place but as much as I'd like to drop $100 at Pottery Barn, even Target making our home extra spooky, it's just not realistic for us this year. What I love about these GHOSTLY lanterns is that they're made of recycled material, and cost next to nothing to make! I also love that they're so versatile! So if you're not in need of lanterns, you could easily use these for festive candy displays or snack jars.  They are super easy and fun to make!

What you'll need…
  • A bunch of clean, recycle jars
  • Battery operated tea lights
  • paint marker
  • Spooky string or fabric
Directions…
  1. On the surface of your clean jar, make the ghost face of your choosing and allow to dry for about two minutes
  2. Decorate with your festive string
  3. Place your tea light inside
  4. Decorate the night!
I think these are particularly adorable to place out around pumpkins on Halloween night. You could also use these to light a walkway like luminaries and don't have to worry about any costumes catching on fire! I would definitely go the safer route and use battery operated! My kids absolutely loved this fun and festive craft. We easily save up a dozen or so jars in the weeks leading up to Halloween and it's the perfect time to use them!  As an alternative, you could fill the jars with candy corn or candy and top with a lid and fabric for a friend, neighbor or spooky teacher gift.
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