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Hanging Vellum Halloween Lanterns

When the sun goes down, set a spooky scene with these dramatic lanterns made from simple supplies and our exclusive clip-art designs.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Cutting mat and ruler

  • 24-by-36-inch heavy black paper

  • Bone folder and craft knife

  • Orange vellum

  • Adhesive glue tape or double-sided tape

  • Wire cutters

  • 19-gauge annealed wire

  • Chain-nose pliers

  • Clear monofilament

  • Battery-operated votive candles

  • Twine

  • Removable adhesive hangers, such as 3M with Command Adhesive


  1. Print and cut out a lantern template (see the second page of the owl and witch templates for the correct hanging-lantern templates). Trace template four times, side by side, on black paper as shown (use 2 sheets if needed); with a bone folder, crease where sides meet. Cut out.

  2. Print 4 copies of a design (try the cat, hissing cat, moon, owl, or witch clip art available above) onto vellum; a laser printer works best. Cut each piece just larger than frame "windows." Tape vellum into frame. Form into lamp shape; tape edges.

  3. Cut a 26-inch length of wire. In the middle, twist a loop. Poke the wire ends through paper to make 2 holes at edge of lantern. Use pliers to roll ends of wire to secure. Use monofilament to hang 2 battery-operated votive candles, taped end to end, inside the lantern.

  4. Use twine and removable adhesive hangers to suspend the lanterns.

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