{Guest Post} DIY Halloween Luminaries from Making Lemonade

Today we have Carrie from Making LemonadeMr. Woodsy and I got to meet her and hang out with her at Haven this summer. She super sweet in person!!! Her inexpensive and not-so-spooky Halloween luminaries are sure to get you excited for Halloween!

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Halloween comes but once a year, and thankfully we get to play with fun decor for at least a month leading up to it.  I’m a DIYer at heart, so when I realized I couldn’t find Halloween decorations to fit my style I began brainstorming ones that did.  What qualifications top my list?  Easy, not-so-spooky, and free are three words that come to mind… hopefully you’ll agree that these DIY Halloween Luminaries fit the bill!

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)

Amazingly, I had all these supplies on hand so the final cost was FREE.  But even if you don’t, the supplies are all things you can pick up inexpensively or use again, making them pretty cost efficient.

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)

A quick note: the stickers I used are Martha Stewart brand, and my mom gave them to me over the summer.  I’m not sure if these particular stickers are still in stock, but I’m guessing there are a lot that will work with this project.  If not, paper die cuts and an adhesive should do the trick.

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)

Supplies:

Freezer Paper

Silhouette stickers of Halloween themes or similar die cuts (cats, witches, bats, moons, mice, etc.)

clear tape

glass vase

battery operated tealight candles

scissors

Step One: Begin by cutting your freezer paper to the correct height and width to wrap completely around your vase.

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)

This rectangular vase was purchased at IKEA for our wedding eight years ago; as if that isn’t cheap enough, I see them at thrift stores all the time.  You could use any shape vase as long as the opening is wide enough to fit the battery operated candles.

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)

Step Two: Next, place stickers on the waxy side of the freezer paper.  They should stick nicely, and the bonus is they are repositionable.  As you can see, I “rolled” my vase as I applied the stickers as an easy way to eyeball where they’d line up once finished.

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)
DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)

Step Three:  Attach one end of the paper to the vase with clear tape, wrap it around (wax side against the glass) and apply clear tape at the seam.

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)

 

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)

Step Four:  Turn on tealights and place inside vase.

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)
DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)

Step Five:  Step back and watch the magic happen!

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)
DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)

These would look great lining your walkway, as table decor, and even centerpieces.  Your unique Halloween luminaries will be show-stoppers, trust me.

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Cheap Halloween Decor (guest post by Making Lemonade)
So what do you think?  Would these luminaries fit with your decor?  And which symbols of Halloween would you include?  Boo!

 

Carrie Higgins is the chief lemon-squeezer at the blog Making Lemonade, which she began after her daughter suffered a traumatic birth and together they made lemonade out of some pretty sour lemons.  Since then, it’s become a place for sharing freshly squeezed ideas for home and family including DIY projects, recipes, and a Mommy Misadventure or two.  Journey along on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, and of course the lovely Pinterest!

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  1. I think it is awesome. Kudo’s to you.

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