Paper Mache Halloween Lanterns or Night Lights! – Kid Friendly Things to Do .com

Easy and Fun Halloween Paper Mache Lanterns to light up the spooky night! The possibitlities are endless! Make witches, ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein, Cats, Owls! Fun Stuff!

You can go on and on with this idea! Make ghost lanterns, Frankenstein lanterns, Witch lanterns, Black Kitty Cats, Owl lanterns, and of course Jack-O-Lanterns!  These are super fun, inexpensive, and easy to do. Here’s what I did to make paper-mache Halloween Lights!:

You’ll Need:

  • An equal mixture of glue, and water paste!
  • A paint brush
  • Assorted tissue paper – colors will depend on your intended design. Cut into squares for the base
  • Assorted tissue paper cut into shapes for eyes, nose, mouth, etc…. i.e. I cut dark colors into triangles for my Jack-O-Lantern lights!
  • Latex Balloons blown up to the size you desire, and secured with a knot
  • A large Solo Cup to hold your creation
  • An LED light – I found mine at the Dollar Tree – It works perfectly!
  • Scissors

Now, on to the light!:

  • Easy and Fun Halloween Paper Mache Lanterns to light up the spooky night!
  • Before you begin you will need to put something into the bottom of the cup to give it some weight. I used water, but you can use rocks, marbles, or if you’re really brave sand.
  • Set the bottom of the balloon onto the cup – this will help hold your balloon for you
  • Paint the glue paste onto a section of the balloon
  • Easy and Fun Halloween Paper Mache Lanterns to light up the spooky night! The possibitlities are endless! Make witches, ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein, Cats, Owls! Fun Stuff!
  • Apply the tissue paper  to the wet paste – If it is not completely sticking to the balloon surface, dab a little bit of paste over the tissue paper
  • The tissue paper should be wet
  • Cover the entire balloon in this way with 2 layers of tissue paper
  • Add your detail pieces (eyes, mouth, etc…) with the contrasting colors of tissue paper
  • Let the balloons dry for about 24 hours
  • Easy and Fun Halloween Paper Mache Lanterns to light up the spooky night! The possibitlities are endless! Make witches, ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein, Cats, Owls! Fun Stuff!
  • When they are completely dry, use your scissors to cut the tip off of the balloon. The balloon will deflate, and pull away from the paper
  • ***Your paper-mache might start to sink in. Don’t worry! You can push it gently back into the balloon shape it once was
  • Cut a level and small circular area out of the bottom of your project. This will help it stand up, and  gives you a placed to set your light
  • Now you can pull the balloon out and if needed reshape your paper-mache by gently pushing the shape out
  • Easy and Fun Halloween Paper Mache Lanterns to light up the spooky night! The possibitlities are endless! Make witches, ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein, Cats, Owls! Fun Stuff!
  • When you’re ready, place your paper-mache project over your LED light!
  • That’s it! Enjoy your spooky lights!
  • Easy and Fun Halloween Paper Mache Lanterns to light up the spooky night! The possibitlities are endless! Make witches, ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein, Cats, Owls! Fun Stuff!

~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com – crafts, recipes, fun foods, party ideas, DIY, Home & Garden, and fun things to do with your whole family!

 


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