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Make Easy Halloween Lanterns with your Cricut!

Make Easy Halloween Lanterns with your Cricut!

Light your home up spooky-style with these cute little Halloween lanterns which you can cut using your Cricut machine!

These adorable little lights will make your home come to life this October. Fill them with battery-powered candles or fairy lights and watch them shine!

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Make your own DIY Halloween luminaries

The thing I LOVE about these lanterns is that they are SO easy to put together but they look AMAZING when they are all lit up at night.

There are three separate designs to choose from: pumpkins, ghosts and bats.

Why not make all three and create a little luminary collection in your living room?

Halloween luminaries with fairy lights

This project is part of 2020's Halloween Craft Countdown.

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Video tutorial

Watch this step-by-step video to find out how to make these cute Halloween luminaries.


Materials list for Halloween paper lanterns


Free luminary lantern SVGs

There are not one, not two but THREE different Halloween luminary designs to choose from.

Halloween paper lanterns to make

Use the links below to download the SVGs:

If you need help downloading files from my website, unzipping the downloaded folder and uploading SVG files to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful training video that I recorded.

How to make Halloween lanterns with a Cricut

Here are some step-by-step instructions for assembling the Halloween lanterns.

I think you’ll be surprised at how easy they are!

Step 1) Cut the free SVG designs

Download the free SVGs and open your chosen design in Cricut Design Space.

Make sure the luminary design is set to 10.5 inches in width.

You can make it a little smaller or larger if you want to, but I found that 10.5 inches wide makes a lovely sized lantern.

When you’ve checked the size, cut out the design onto lightweight card (I used 160gsm card).

Setting the width in Design Space

Step 2) Measure the tissue paper

Take a piece of coloured tissue paper and draw around the edge of the lantern card, then cut it out.

I did think about trying to cut this with my Cricut, but I was worried that the tissue paper would tear when trying to get it off the mat.

TIP: position your lantern card against two edges of the tissue paper and then you’ll only have to cut two sides!

Measure the tissue paper

Step 3) Stick the tissue paper to the back of your luminary

Use tacky glue to stick the tissue paper to the back of the luminary card.

Try to get the tissue paper flat, and do NOT put glue inside the shapes that are going to be folded outwards (pumpkins/ghosts/bats) as otherwise you won’t be able to turn them outwards at the end.

If any of your tissue paper goes over the edge of the card, trim it with a pair of scissors.

Stick the tissue paper to the back of your luminary

Step 4) Neaten up the top

Glue the thin strip of card which you cut with your Cricut machine to the top of the tissue paper. This is to give it a neat edge when you look at the finished lantern.

Glue on the top strip of card

Step 5) Assemble the luminary

Place a strip of double sided tape all the way down the right-hand side of the FRONT of the luminary design.

Stick double-sided tape down the side

Twist the lantern into a circular shape and stick the two edges together.

Press down the double-sided tape quite firmly to ensure a good stick.

TIP: If your lantern isn’t very circular then you can gently squeeze it to re-shape it.

Paper lantern assembly

Step 6) Create the 3D shapes

Gently bend together the pictures/shapes to make them “pop out” from the main lantern.

You’re not trying to actually fold the card to create crease lines, but just to give it a little bend.

Make the pop-out shapes

Step 7) Light it up!

Your lantern is now ready to be lit up!

Use battery powered candles or fairy lights. Do NOT use real candles as that would be a big fire risk!!

I found that the best lights to use are these “bottle top” fairy lights as they give off a really bright glow and they are nice and small to fit inside the lantern.

Bottle fairy lights are best

And there you have it, your paper lanterns for Halloween are all finished!

I hope that you enjoy making these cute little luminaries. Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

Happy crafting,
Sarah x

P.S – did you miss the links to the free cutting files? Find them all here.

This project is part of 2020's Halloween Craft Countdown.

View all 31 craft projects!

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