Spooky Halloween Paper Lantern Tutorial!

Hi everyone! With Halloween quickly approaching, this week I wanted to bring you a super fun and spooky halloween papercraft tutorial – a paper lantern! To create this lantern, we’re using a paper cut technique, but don’t let that intimidate you if you are new to paper cutting – this design is neither difficult nor time consuming to create!

Click the image below to watch the video tutorial:

These are the perfect diy decoration for a Halloween party or to light the way for trick or treaters! You could add a loop of ribbon to the top to create a handle, or to hang them from the ceiling.


  • Card stock – you’ll need paper that has some thickness to it, but not so much that it will be difficult to cut through.
  • Vellum, tracing paper or other thin paper for the “glass” of the lantern – it needs to be translucent, allowing light to shine through
  • X-Acto knife or other craft knife
  • Glue – I used hot glue to assemble the lantern, and this Tombow mono glue to attach the vellum/tracing paper
  • Scoring tool (or an old pen that doesn’t write) I use this one from EK Tools
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Click here to view & print the patterns:

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halloween lantern 1/2

halloween lantern 2/2

Let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween!

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I made two of these yesterday, and they are beautiful! I don’t have a cutting machine, so I cut everything by hand with an xacto knife. I actually don’t even have a printer, so I laid tracing paper over my laptop screen and sketched the design, then used transfer paper to get it onto my card stock. It was a ton of work, but soooo worth it. Might be my favorite craft I’ve ever made! I used black card stock and alternating orange/purple tissue paper. Thanks so much for the great design – I had browsed for a long time… Read more »