Don’t want to spend a lot of money on Halloween decorations? Last year we were on a serious Halloween-decorating-budget and here’s what we did! And here’s another budget-friendly find that proves that homemade decorations can be seriously stylish without seriously setting you back!
This milk jug witch lantern is a great craftivity to do with the kids! You’ll have to do the craft in stages since the layers of Modge Podge and tissue paper should dry well between coats–but while you’re waiting for them to dry you can start working on the hair and hat!
MILK JUG WITCH LANTERN
- half gallon milk jug, well cleaned
- lime green tissue paper, cut into 1 x 2 inch pieces
- Modge Podge (Classic or Matte finish)
- paint brush (to be used with Modge Podge)
- black plastic dessert plate
- black cardboard
- black yarn
- black permanent marker
- masking tape
- large bowl (to trace for hat)
- hot glue gun
- ribbon trim (I used lime green)
Prep the cleaned milk jug by cutting a square on the lower half of the jug, about 4 inches from the bottom of the handle. This is where you’ll put your LED candle lights. After the whole is cut, prepare your tissue paper by cutting random shapes about 1 1/2 to 2 inches.
Dip your paintbrush into the Modge Podge and decoupage the milk jug all the way around (excluding the handle area). Do at least two coats allowing to fully dry in between layers!
After completing the decoupage, take the black plastic dessert plate and gently pierce the center with your scissors. Gently cut a circular opening about 1 inch in diameter. Place on top of milk jug, adjust as necessary to be able to slide over the opening snugly and not be able to move. Remove plate and set aside. Draw your witch a face with the black permanent marker–don’t forget her beauty mark!
Begin to cut your yarn into about 8 1/2 inch long pieces. Use you jug as a guide–you can always give your witch a trim to even out the hair with you’re done. Attach the hair to the top of the jug with masking tape placed tightly around the opening. Press securely. Take your reserved dessert plate and slide on top of the jug, it will hide all of the masking tape.
Take a large circular bowl or platter (I used my chip and dip server) and trace a large circle onto your black cardboard. Draw a straight line down the middle of your circle and cut out one half of the circle. Roll the half circle into a cone shape and secure on the inside with masking tape and on the outside with staples.
Prep your hot glue gun and attach the cone onto the black dessert plate using your glue gun. This does not have to look perfect–you’ll be covering it with ribbon!
I used a soft grosgrain ribbon and twisted it around so I wouldn’t have to worry about getting it to lay flat. Place your hot glue along the seam of the cone to the plate and quickly attach the ribbon. Continue around the hat and end in the back.
I finished off my witch with a long bow in the back of her hat, this is up to you. Here’s what the back looks like when you’re all finished!
There’s enough room inside the lantern for 4 LED tea light candles to fit snugly. I really wanted her to be lit up since she would be greeting trick or treaters at our front door, plus the extra candles weighed her down a bit in the autumn breeze!
This witch lantern would look perfect perched in a windowsill or make a flock and have them line the walkway to your front door! Wherever you decide to use her, I hope you and your family enjoy this Halloween craft idea!