Introduction: Halloween Latern (supersimple)


If you need a simple and cool idea to decorate your Halloween party, this supersimple Halloween Latern could be for you. Its basically made of a small imprinted paper bag and a candle or LED-Throwie. It takes only two minutes to make it, so you can make a bunch of them to light up your party.

So read on to make it.

Step 1: Things You Need

  • a waxed paper bag
  • masking tape
  • paper
  • a printer
  • a computer and internet
  • a tea candle

Step 2: Make the Design

You can design your lamp on your computer. To make it supersimple I just used a Halloween themed font from the Internet. At Fontriver you find some horror fonts. I used the font Ill October which contains some funny Halloween pictures.

Download and install the font. With Ubuntu-Linux it takes only a few clicks to install the it. The Microsoft website describes how to install fonts on Windows boxes.


Step 3: Make the Design (2)


After installing the font, you can use a word processor like Microsoft Office, LibreOffice or OpenOffice. Just write something on the page using the horror font of your choice, 80pt.

If you dont want to install fonts, you can simply use this pdf and proceed to the next steps.

If you like, you can also make your own design and share it with the instructables users.

Step 4: Imprint the Bag


Fix the paper bag on a sheet of paper using masking tape. Do not use plastic tape like Scotch Tape if you use a laser printer. It melts under the heat of the printer and can cause a paper jam or break your printer.

Be sure to fix the paper bag flat on the paper to avoid a paper jam!

Now simply print the picture to the paper with the bag.

Remove the bag from the paper and imprint the other side.

Step 5: Add Light


Now you can add a tea candle to the bag - and you have a supersimple Halloween Latern. If you like to make it save for children (firehazard), just use LED-Throwies instead of candles. The right latern on the picture contains a red LED.

Have fun and spooky Halloween!

Comments

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Kozz (author)2011-09-20

I understand that English may be your second language, so I would like to be helpful: I believe you mean "Halloween Lantern". (Helloween is a metal band... I would have been surprised if they were part of the instructable! haha)

I think the bags you were using are waxed paper bags, which are sort of translucent. Nice idea to print directly to the bag!

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mischka (author)Kozz2011-09-20

Thanks for the advise! I just corrected it.

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