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Milk Carton Halloween Lantern


If you’ve got it, haunt it! Upcycle a milk carton into a ghostly good DIY Milk Carton Halloween Lantern that glows indoors or out.



CRAYOLA Scissors

CRAYOLA Acrylic Paint

CRAYOLA Take Note Permanent Markers

Upcycled Carton


Battery-Operated String Lights



CRAYOLA Paint Brush

CRAYOLA No-Run School Glue


Tissue Paper

Hole Punch



1.Have an adult cut off top of upcycled carton.

2.On side of carton, draw outline for rectangular opening with pencil, approximately 1” from top and sides.

3.Have an adult cut out the opening.

4.Rotate carton once and repeat steps 2–3. Repeat until all sides have an opening.

5.Cover carton with dark paint. Dry 1 to 2 hours. Add second coat. Dry 1 to 2 hours.

6.Sketch outline of ghost on sponge with pencil. Cut out.

7.Lightly dab paint on sponge, then stamp on tissue paper. Repeat until tissue paper is full of ghosts.

8.Draw outline and face on ghosts with marker.

9.Using carton as a guide, sketch and cut out patterned tissue paper large enough for 1 panel.

10.Glue tissue paper to inside of carton, paint facing out.

11.Repeat steps 9–10 until all carton openings are filled with tissue paper.

12.Place battery-operated string lights in carton.

13.Hole punch 2 sides of lantern close to carton top. Feed ribbon through holes and tie into knots.

14.Hang to display as a Halloween decoration!



-Experiment with cutting your sponge into different spooky shapes!

-Can be an indoor or outdoor decoration—just bring inside if inclement weather strikes!


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