Add an eerie glow to you Halloween decor with this paper haunted house lantern.
I love decorating for Halloween. And I have already made paper Halloween lanterns, but not one that looks like a haunted house!
I picture this haunted house lantern as the starting point for a whole haunted village. All made out of paper. I’ll have to work on that for next year!
But until then, I hope you love this fun paper Halloween lantern.
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Paper Haunted House Decor
Using paper to create seasonal decor is the best! It is inexpensive and the possibilities are endless.
This haunted house is made out of just 3 sheets of cardstock paper and 2 pieces of colored vellum. The vellum is not necessary, but adds to the eerie glow of the haunted house.
This house is different from other houses because it is a run-down house full of haunts. The lantern is asymmetrical so it looks like it is leaning on it’s foundation.
Each of the windows is filled with a haunted surprise. Some are full of spiderwebs, others have ghosts. Plus the shutters look old and worn-down.
But I think my favorite is the face on the front of the door. It makes the whole haunted house look alive! No one will be trick-or-treating at this door.
Paper Halloween Lanterns
Decorating with paper lanterns is fun. There are so many places you can use these inexpensive paper home decor pieces.
- Place a few on your mantel.
- Add them in bookcase.
- Make a table centerpiece with them.
- Create a vignette with some on a shelf or side table.
- Place them on a tray on a coffee table.
- Add them to a tiered serving tray on your kitchen island.
The possibilities are endless! So of course I can’t just share one paper lantern style.
Instead I like to create new ones every year so you can keep sprinkling them throughout your home decor. Here are some more paper Halloween lanterns to keep your home fully decorated this year on a budget:
How to Make a Paper Haunted House Lantern
- Haunted house template
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- Colored cardstock
- Colored vellum paper
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- X-acto knife and scissors
- Optional: Electronic cutting machine like a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Maker
- Flameless tea lights
Cut out the pieces
Using the template, cut out all the house pieces along the solid lines from the cardstock. Use any colors you want. To keep it spooky, I used dark gray for the house and black for the roof.
Cut out the inner pieces from the colored vellum. I used yellow to give the inside an eerie glow.
When using an electronic cutting machine, do not remove the paper from the cutting mat or it will curl. Instead, flip the mat over and pull it off the back of the paper to keep your paper flat.
Attach the vellum
Flip the pieces over and attach the vellum to the back to cover all the openings. Make sure the vellum does not cover the dotted lines.
I originally used a school glue stick to attach the vellum, but the moisture in it warped the paper and the vellum didn’t stick very well.
Instead, the hot glue worked great. Just apply the glue to a small section at a time so it does not cool before you attach the vellum.
Assemble the lantern
Fold along all the dotted lines.
Before assembly, always fold all the dotted lines flat. This will give your sharp, clean corners on your assembled paper craft.
Start assembly by glueing the tabs on the sides of the house to the front/back. Secure with hot glue.
Next, add hot glue to the flaps on half the roof. Secure half of the roof to it.
Then lift the un-attached side and add hot glue. Press it flat to secure.
Fold the chimney into a square and secure the tab with hot glue.
Then place hot glue on the inside of the tabs for the chimney topper. Insert the chimney into it and use your finger to press the tabs to the inside to secure.
Add hot glue to the bottom tabs of the assembled chimney and attach to the top of the roof wherever you want it.
Now your haunted house Halloween lantern is all done! Place a tea light inside it and have fun decorating your home for Halloween.
I made a simple vignette on my console table with faux pumpkins and these Jack-o-Lantern Halloween signs. It’s fun and simple.
I love easy decorating!
Where are you going to decorate with your Halloween paper lantern?