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DIY Halloween Candle Lantern

Check out this DIY Halloween Candle Lantern! If you’re looking to add a spooky touch to your home this Halloween, why not try making your own vinyl decal and then apply it to an upcycled candle jar?

Cutting vinyl is a great way to personalize any space, and an electronic cutter makes it easy to get professional-looking results. I use a Cricut Maker. Okay, let’s make this awesome Halloween craft.

Supplies for this DIY Halloween Candle Lantern:

Removeable vinyl

Transfer tape

Electronic cutting machine (If you don’t have a cutting machine, you could also draw the design and use a craft knife)

Empty candle jar

Craft paint and brushes

Glow sticks

How to clean an empty candle jar:

How to clean an empty candle jar

If you’ve ever finished a candle and been left with a lot of wax residue in the jar, you may be wondering how to get rid of it. There’s actually a really simple way to do it using just hot water.

First, take the jar and fill it with hot water. You want the water to be as hot as possible, but not boiling. Let the jar sit for a few minutes, then use a butter knife or something similar to scrape the wax off the sides of the jar.

Once you’ve removed as much wax as possible, empty out the hot water and rinse the jar with cold water. You may need to repeat the process a few times to get all of the wax off, but it should eventually come off relatively easily.

And that’s it! Once you’ve removed the wax, you can repurpose the jar for something else. You could use it as a vase, for example, or a storage container for small items. Or, if you’re feeling really creative, you could even turn it into a candle holder!

And that’s how you clean an empty candle jar!

Now on to how to cut a vinyl decal!


DIY Halloween Candle LanternYou’ll need to design your decal. If you’re not sure where to start, there are plenty of great design ideas online or in the Cricut Design Space.

Once you have your design, it’s time to cut the vinyl. Load your vinyl into the cutting machine, making sure that the blade is set to the correct depth. Then, simply follow the machine’s instructions to cut out your design.

diy halloween candle lantern

Now it’s time to apply the decal. Start by peeling away the backing from the vinyl, then place the vinyl on your surface. Use a credit card or other flat object to smooth out any bubbles.

diy halloween candle lantern

Finally, remove the transfer tape, and enjoy your new Halloween decal!

Add some Mexi-style!

This is where the flair comes in for your DIY Halloween candle lantern! Use a liner brush to add titles to your jars.

diy halloween candle lantern

Use multi-surface paint so it will stay on through the season. You can also twist wire around the jars to hang. 

Take your glow sticks, snap them right before your event (or trick or treat action) and insert in the jars. Another alternative for your DIY Halloween candle lanterns is to fill them with candy or whatever you want!

Thanks for checking out this Halloween craft, I hope you like it! we learned how to make Halloween candle lantern, how to clean an empty candle jar and how to cut a vinyl decal!

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