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Pumpkin Lanterns

Take an ordinary paper lantern, dress it up with leaves, a stem, and tendrils, and it will assume a totally unexpected identity: a Halloween pumpkin. A few craft supplies are all you need to transform these inexpensive, light-as-air globes.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2004


  • Green paper

  • Scissors

  • Craft glue

  • Dark-green and brown pipe cleaners

  • Wire frame

  • Fishing line

  • Newspaper


  1. Download and enlarge the leaf template as desired; cut out, and trace onto green paper. Cut out.

  2. With white craft glue, attach a dark-green pipe cleaner to the leaf's center. For curly tendrils, spiral two brown pipe cleaners around a marker, then slide off.

  3. Attach leaf and tendrils to a paper lantern by winding the ends of the pipe cleaners around the wire frame. For stem, roll a few sheets of newspaper into a tapered shape; cut off wider end, then wrap other end with brown floral tape.

  4. Wrap another brown pipe cleaner around base of stem; secure ends to wire frame. Hang lanterns with fishing line.

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