The spooky fun continues at my house as I continue to prepare for Halloween night. The theme this year is dark and spooky, so here's a fast and easy tutorial for eco-friendly lanterns that can *barely* light the way up your path or brighten up the dark corners of your house. I made these using supplies I already had on hand - you may remember the mason jars from my daughter's backyard carnival party. Most of these supplies were originally found in thrift stores...you can find wire and LED tea lights at any craft store.
* mason jars
* faux spider webbing
* plastic spiders
* LED tea lights
*wire and wire cutters (optional)
* short shepard's hooks (optional)
HOW TO: Turn your LED tealight on and place it in the bottom of your jar. Lightly stuff some spider webbing into the jar, hiding the tea light as much as possible. Top with a plastic spider. Voila! Now you can set these along your sidewalk as spooky luminarias or you can tuck them into dark corners in your house to add a little ambience.
TAKE IT ONE STEP FURTHER: You can easily convert these to hanging lanterns by using wire to create a simple hanger. I used black craft wire because that's what I had on hand, but you can use pretty much whatever you have...wire hangers anyone?? Chez Beeper has a great tutorial you can download with step by step instructions for making a hanger.
I found a set of 6 short shepard's hooks at the thrift store for $2, so I'll be hanging my lanterns along the sidewalk to greet party guests and trick or treaters on the 31st. If it rains, just pop the lids on to keep the insides dry.
Happy Haunting! XOXO, Cindi