From Blah to Boo- A Halloween Lantern

From Blah to Boo- A Halloween Lantern

Raise your hand if you had one of these “candle lanterns” in your house 30 years ago? I am 99% sure we had one in ours…so when I saw this one at the thrift store, I snapped it up because I had a Halloween idea in mind.

Vintage outdated candle lantern at thrift store to be repurposed for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just waiting for a makeover…

Historically, I’ve made light-up Halloween projects using old light fixtures. But this time, I decided to make a Halloween lantern! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Here’s a better view of the candle lantern (sans the candle) once I got it down from the top shelf.

Vintage outdated candle lantern at thrift store to be repurposed for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ok- time to disassemble…

As with all things from the thrift store, it needed a good cleaning. Thankfully, it was easy to deconstruct (just four flat-head screws to remove) so that I could wipe down the wood parts and clean off the grime from the glass plates.

Repurpose / upcycle vintage outdated candle lantern into a spooky Halloween lantern by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easy-peasy breakdown…

Once everything was wiped down, I spray painted the wooden parts black– it’s a Halloween project after all. Heck, even if it wasn’t for Halloween, it looks awfully nice in black- much more stylish.

Repurpose / upcycle vintage outdated candle lantern into a spooky Halloween lantern by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It already looks 100 times better!

To make my lantern unique (and keep it simple), I decided to use cellophane treat bags (these are the exact ones I used) with a fun Halloween print. Bear with me- it’s worth it, I promise.

Halloween cellophane treat bags to repurpose in Halloween lantern by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

To bring my lantern to life…

All I needed to do was create cellophane “inserts” that were the same size and shape as the glass panes, and then slide them behind the glass. Right? Right…but…I was a little concerned that the cellophane would be TOO transparent, and that my light source would be visible at night.

So, I decided to add a little insurance to each side of the lantern. Thankfully, I came up with a super easy fix- rectangles of white parchment paper from my kitchen! The parchment paper would allow light to shine through…but would cleverly diffuse the light (and mask the source).

Halloween cellophane treat bags and white parchment paper to repurpose in Halloween lantern by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

To diffuse the light from within!

So I set to work tracing the glass panes on parchment, cutting them out, and then cutting out same size rectangles from the cellophane bags. I slid each pair of inserts behind the four glass panes, and was ready to fully re-assemble my lantern.

Repurpose / upcycle vintage outdated candle lantern with cellophane treat bags into a spooky Halloween lantern by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looking good, eh?

Ta-da! My Halloween lantern is cute enough in the daytime, no light source needed…

Repurpose / upcycle vintage outdated candle lantern with cellophane treat bags into a spooky Halloween lantern by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How cute is that??

But this was the moment I was waiting for- darkness! I used a battery operated LED light and set it inside my Halloween lantern- and look at that. The cellophane gives it life and the secret (shhh!) parchment paper allows the light to be distributed more evenly.

Repurpose / upcycle vintage outdated candle lantern with cellophane treat bags into a spooky Halloween lantern by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Booooooo, ahhhhh….

And irony of ironies- if you remove the cellophane inserts but leave the parchment paper, it looks like a trendy lantern from a contemporary home décor store! So it really is an all-year project, but with a Halloween bonus.

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Love it, Great idea!

  2. So cute and I love the fact that it can be used year round – an added bonus!

  3. Great project! Now I need to find a lantern at the thrift store!

  4. Love it and great idea using the treat bags!

  5. That is ridiculously creative! Pinning to share!

  6. Kristie Cook says:

    Great idea! I really love your crocheted spider web too!

  7. So creative! Pinning!

  8. I totally love this! Now I’m going to be on the lookout for one of these lanterns.

  9. Fonda Rush says:

    Nice transformation!

  10. What a great transformation! I love it!!

  11. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Very cute and smart too Sarah! Happy Halloween!

  12. That is really adorable! Never would have thought of using parchment paper, or any paper for that matter. It’s a great Halloween look! Pinned.

  13. Your creativity really amazes me – what a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW DIY party!

  14. Very cute and creative – I love that you can use it year round. Pinned and shared. Visting from Creative Spark party

  15. So clever, Sarah! I’ve seen the treat bags for different holidays so trading them out would be fun too 😉

  16. Here’s where I admit that I’ve never seen a candle lantern before and obviously I hang out at the wrong thrift stores.

  17. Adorable. I am featuring on Vintage Charm tomorrow.

  18. This is my favorite type of DIY project. Unique, inexpensive, easy and beyond cute. Love it.

  19. Sadie, these Halloween lanterns are just so cute 🙂 You do such an amazing job as always! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It!

  20. Yep. Smitten again. Featured this creative beauty in this weekend’s DIY Salvaged Junk 350. Thanks for linking up!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you, Donna!!! Always, always appreciate it. Have a wonderful weekend- and that latest junkin’ post of yours? Oh my…..

  21. I don’t recall having one of these lanterns, but this is so creative, especially that you just used those treat bags to create the cute ‘stained glass’ look!

  22. This is such a neat idea! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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