Halloween Lantern Garland

My DIY halloween lantern garland is visually stunning, and easy to make!

The mantel decorated for Halloween.

Last week I showed you the mantel I decorated for Halloween. I’m not a huge Halloween decorator but my new mantel has me obsessed with decorating it so I made a Halloween lantern garland!

On Instagram I mentioned how I filled that big no. 5 crock and how I emptied it. You’ll have to read the comments to find out, it’s pretty funny.

I made these ‘lanterns’ out of gift bags and I didn’t want to add them to the top of the mantel as I loved all the white black wax dripped pumpkins there, so I decided to make them into a Halloween garland.

It’s really easy so let me show you how I made this classic black and white Halloween lantern garland.

 Halloween Lantern Garland on the fireplace mantel.

So here is a close-up of that cute little lantern garland.

I used silhouette images of crows and bats and I have one printable PDF file for you below in the tutorial list!

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  1. You can download and print a bat silhouette at the bottom of this post.
  2. Cut out the image and tape down the stencil you’ve just created to the black gift bag. Using a fabric cutter (great for round edges). Put a small cutting board in bag to make sure it only cuts one side.
  3. Cut a piece of vellum to a little bit smaller than the flattened bag.
  4. Slip vellum into bag and tape at top on the inside.
 Making cut out black bats.

5. Add two battery votives to each bag.

 Attaching the bats to the bag all on the table beside a black flickering electric light.

6. Tie bags with twine to a long twine to make the garland. Two large candles held the twine on top of the mantel.

A string with the black bags on it around the fireplace mantel.

These black votives actually flicker so they seem like real lanterns. They would also look really nice lining a walkway to the front door.

I was planning on taking photos of these lanterns lined up my walkway but it was been raining so hard here that it never happened. This garland is much cuter anyway.

 The lantern garland bags hanging up.

I love the black ostrich feathers on this mantel. It just adds so much texture.

White pumpkins with black wax drippings on them.
There are pumpkins on the mantel along with feathers and candles.
 A rustic chair with an antique looking book on it.

Hope you feel inspired to make your own Halloween lanterns for a garland or just lining your front door walkway!


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Be sure to watch my short video on this Halloween decor!

Make sure to pin it for later!

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  1. Hi. The bags are very cool and so do-able!

    Can I ask you what you have in the crock on the hearth that is lit up from inside???

    I have a crock like that on my front porch and I’ve been wondering what else I can do with it! Thanks for any ideas you can give me!

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