Halloween Lantern with Viva Las Vegastamps!

Halloween Lantern with Viva Las Vegastamps!2017-12-27T11:23:08-05:00

Project Description

I’m so excited to be sharing my first project with you, as a new member of the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team (DT)! It was so hard to pick just one Halloween image from the huge variety of stamps Viva Las Vegastamps! has in their 15,000+ collection that I needed to come up with some way to use many stamps. I love three dimensional pieces made from paper and Halloween makes me think of nighttime, so a lantern came to mind.

Side 1 - Lantern in daylightSide 2 - Lantern in daylightSide 3 - Lantern in daylightSide 4 - Lantern in daylight

(Click on each image above to see a larger view of that side of the lantern)

This is a really simple project to make. I’m providing you with a zip file of the pattern (as a PDF you can print and cut out, as an SVG file you can import into cutting software and as a Sure Cuts A Lot SCAL V2 project file). CLICK HERE to download the Halloween lantern pattern files.

It started with a half-gallon cardboard milk carton. Wash it out well and cut off the top. Leave a small tab at the top of each side so you have a place to adhere the roof.

Cut out four roof panels, four frames and the top piece from cardboard. I used cereal boxes.  Use the inside piece of a frame as a template to cut a window on each side of the cereal box about 1” from the bottom using a craft knife.

Once you have all the pieces cut out, cover them with aluminum tape, dry emboss the roof panels (to give them some texture), and coat the pieces with black alcohol ink. Once the ink is dry (about 10 minutes), distress the surfaces with a steel wool pad. This will make the embossed pattern really pop and gives the lantern an old steel-like finish.

Punch a small hole in the center of the top piece so you can attach a wire to use as a hanger.

Milk Carton

Got milk? Or juice…or any square carton.

Pieces covered in metal tape.

Milk carton cut down.

Cut out four vellum panels (using a frame as a template) and stamp your images with dye ink. I used these 8 stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps!:

Adhere the vellum panels to the frames with Miracle Tape and you’re ready to assemble your lantern.

First create the roof by folding the tabs of each roof panel to the back and then adhering them together using Miracle Tape. I stapled each tab too for extra holding power. Then attach the roof piece. Create a wire hanger and put it through the hole. I put a bead on top from an old necklace I picked up at a flea market.

Roof piece dry embossed

Roof piece dry embossed and top piece with hole punched.

Assembled roof

Underside of assembled roof.

Pieces distressed to look like old steel

Pieces dressed to look like old steel.

Adhere the roof to the milk carton by using Miracle Tape on the tabs you made along the top of the cartoon.

Adhere three of the frames to the milk cartoon using Miracle Tape. Attach the fourth panel with magnetics or Velcro dots, so you can easily remove it to maintain the battery operated votive candle.

For added fun, dangle a spider from a thread under the roof. Just punch two spiders and glue them back to back with a piece of thread sandwiched between them. Coat the spider with Crystal Lacquer for added strength (and some shine). Attach a red rhinestone. Use a needle to punch a hold under the roof and tie up the thread.

Think how fun several of these would look around your house (they stand really well) or hanging in your front yard!

Side 1 - Lantern at nightSide 2 - Lantern at nightSide 3 - Lantern at nightSide 4 - Lantern at night

(Click on each image above to see a larger view of that side of the lantern)

I also want to invite you to participate in the Viva Las Vegastamps! Theme Challenge for October. Submit “Halloween” creations you made using Viva Las Vegastamps! for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate at the Viva Las Vegastamps! online store. CLICK HERE for submission instructions.

Viva Las Vegastamps!

Viva Las Vegastamps!

Check out the other fantastic projects from the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team on the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog. Have fun!


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  1. Carole Lassak October 3, 2011 at 6:10 am - Reply

    What a great project!! Loved the video presentation, too. Thanks for sharing the SVG files. You know I'm going to have to try this 🙂

  2. Joe Morgan October 3, 2011 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Very cool lantern! You know I will be confiscating that for my Halloween lantern collection, right? 🙂

    • Joe Rotella October 3, 2011 at 6:28 am - Reply

      Now what did we just learn?…hmm…something like "What's ours is ours and what's mine is ours" LOL

  3. Joe Morgan October 3, 2011 at 10:14 am - Reply

    It's "What's mine is mine, and what's yours is ours." 🙂

  4. lee October 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm - Reply


    Just wanted to say that this lantern is one of the coolest stamping projects I have seen in a long time!

  5. Terry October 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Now that is a really cool idea and not to mention so perfect for Halloween! Love your style! Thanks for sharing all the awesome details and video!

  6. Pat October 5, 2011 at 3:31 am - Reply

    So Cool! Thanks for the files!

  7. Kristi October 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    This is GREAT! Love it all. Miss you!

  8. kari October 10, 2011 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Wonderful! Isn't Flu tape a marvelous thing??? You did a great job on the project & tute!

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