Milk Carton Halloween Luminaries

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Halloween Milk Carton Luminaries

I have a confession to make, I really love Halloween. It's such a fun, playful holiday—getting dressed up, hanging out with friends and family. Oh, and did I mention the free candy? Take all that and combine it with an excuse to "Tim Burton" up my house and seriously, what's not to love?

Now, I could go out and spend a ton of money on decorations (which, okay I have in the past, ahem), but why spend all that money when you can make your own for pennies? Take these milk carton luminaries. They're easy to make, inexpensive and perfect for lining your walkway or decorating a shelf this Halloween.

What you'll need

  • Clean Dairy Carton
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Craft Knife
  • Orange or Yellow Tissue Paper
  • Battery Operated Fameless Candle
  • Tape or Glue

How to make it

  1. Take your carton out to a well-ventilated place and paint it black. Use several light coats to avoid drips. 

  2. Cut off the top using a craft knife. Be careful around the corners—they can be tricky.

    And hey, don't worry if your line isn't exactly straight. If someone says anything about it, tell them it was "intentional." You made an "artistic choice to channel the feeling Halloween evokes." They'll consider you a genius. High five!

  3. Take your craft knife and cut out a face. I like to free hand this part. Mainly, because I like to buck conventional wisdom and not plan things out properly. If that isn't your speed, take a pencil and outline a face before you start cutting.

    Now, some of your paint may have chipped off during the cutting. Don't stress. We're going to give the whole thing another coat of paint. So go ahead and do that now.

  4. After the paint is dry, cut a piece of tissue paper to fit the inside panel of your luminary. Tape or glue into place.

    Place a flameless candle inside and you have a spooktacular homemade Halloween luminary. Nice job!

    You can find more of Jennifer's playful ideas on her site Classic Play. You can also follow her on facebook and pinterest.

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