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Happy Halloween Lantern

Well here in south-east Ontario, Fall has finally arrived, although only a couple of days ago we were basking (or baking!) in a late Summer heatwave.  I’m almost relieved that the cooler weather and some rain has broken through.  Being English, I do long for some soothing grey-day rain at times, especially to break up a long period of hot and dry weather.  I guess I’d never be at home in the desert.

So now is the time to prepare our home decor for the next upcoming holidays, which for us in Canada are Thanksgiving (Oct 9), and Halloween.  I have another project to share for a Thanksgiving centrepiece, but here I would like to share a super easy and effective Halloween lantern.  This project uses some wonderful transparent glitter vinyl film, from Tape Technologies.  There are 13 beautiful colours to choose from, and they cut easily with your craft dies or cutting machine.

Tape Technologies Transparent Glitter Film

First, find a hollow glass block with an opening at the bottom.  I found mine in Michael’s, however I am sure they are available from other craft stores.  You can also find glass blocks at the DIY stores such as Home Depot, however these ones will probably be sealed all round.  You’ll need the opening to place a small string of battery-operated fairy lights, again these can be obtained in many places, even the Dollar Store usually has them.

Glass block

To create my Halloween-themed vinyl icons, I downloaded some free SVG files from the I Love SVG website.  They have so many great images to choose from!  These cut files can be easily imported to your cutting machine software.

I cut my chosen images from Sunflower, Dark Grey and Black glitter film using my Silhouette Cameo, and applied to the front of my glass block.  For any kind of vinyl project, I highly recommend that you use a transfer tape to avoid disappointment, heartaches and do-overs.  🙂

So here is my finished Halloween lantern, all ready to be placed in a window or on your porch to welcome the Trick-Or-Treaters in your neighbourhood.

Halloween Lantern Halloween Lantern

 

Happy Halloween crafting, folks!

Emma

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