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Costumed Candleholders

What better way to brighten Halloween's gloom than by dotting your windowsills with grinning -- or scowling -- hurricane lanterns?




  • Measuring tape
  • Cylindrical glass hurricane lantern or votive
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper (2 colors)
  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Clear, double-faced tape
  • Candle


  1. Step 1

    To make a lantern, measure the height and circumference of a cylindrical glass hurricane or votive; cut out two rectangles of tissue paper in different colors to those dimensions.

  2. Step 2


    Draw a spooky face on a piece of plain white paper, and lay it under one of the sheets of tissue paper. Trace the drawing; using a sharp utility knife, cut out the features.

  3. Step 3

    Wrap the other sheet of tissue paper around the outside of the candleholder, and secure it with clear, double-faced tape. Wrap the cut piece of tissue paper around the candleholder on top of the first piece, and secure it. Place a candle inside the holder; try using spice- or cinnamon-scented candles for a warm holiday touch.

Martha Stewart Living, October 1998



Reviews (6)

  • Cat_K 10 Aug, 2009

    If the heat of a candle is really a problem, go for their battery opperated counterparts, they have the same look and effect, but without the worry caused by actual candles.

  • Spiderwebb 14 Sep, 2008

    I really like this candle holders there very cute!!!

  • The_Freckled_Fairies 13 Aug, 2008

    Like with any candle it will get warm to touch, but from personal experience the paper does not get hot or cause for alarm of fire or other hazards. Like with all candles you should keep this out of reach of small children and put in a spot where it will not get knocked over. This does provide a very spooky setting! Using blue paper (or other dark colors) and cutting stars adds a very magical feel as well.

  • roofus07 7 Aug, 2008

    I agree with Merrysage!

  • merrysage 5 Aug, 2008

    I'd be a bit concerned about the paper getting awful warm around the glass. I think I'd opt to use the cut out as a stencil and use acrylic paint to paint on the cut out.

  • sewicee 24 Mar, 2008

    Love this, can see using it for different holidays-Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, really anything your imagination can come up wsith