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DIY: paper bag lanterns

This week I’ve gotten around to finally posting a couple of DIYs, mini sugar skull boxes and a bat wreath. Today I bring you this incredibly easy paper bag lantern diy. We’re having a Halloween party at my besties house and I needed to come up with an easy and cost effective way to make lanterns for the back stairs. I found a stack of paper bags in my kitchen and thought AHA!


Brown paper lunch bags
Flameless candles
Xacto knife
Tissue paper


1. For this step, I used the stencil I made in the bat wreath DIY and simply traced two of them on one side of the paper bag, and one on the other side. Putting a piece of paper inside the paper bag I cut out each one of the bats with the xacto knife. When you switch sides, you’ll have to re-situate the paper inside the bag so you don’t cut through the sides of the folded paper bag.

2. Take the tissue paper and cut out a big enough piece to cover the cut out shapes, plus a little extra. Put a line of glue around the edges of the tissue paper and carefully glue it on the inside of the bag. I only did one side of the bag with tissue paper, it lets the light shine through more brightly on one side.

3. Put your flameless candle in the bag and done! I put my candle on top of a small tea light candle holder. It weighs down the bag and helps the candle get higher up on the bag.

You could also put some stones in the bottom of the bag.



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DIY: bat wreath

Earlier this week I posted a diy on making these sugar skull boxes. I didn’t so much make the boxes, but rather how to decorate them. This bat wreath is probably my favorite diy I’ve done in a long time. A black wreath and bats, whats not to love?


Spray paint
Black card stock
Floral wire
Stencil (or make your own)


1. Take your wreath to a well ventilated area and spray paint it, thoroughly. Make sure to get both sides and around the middle. If you want you can also use this time to spray paint the floral wire black as well, as most floral wire I’ve found is green. Using your pliers snip the floral wire in half if it’s too long.

2. While that’s drying, either draw your own stencil, or use a premade one and start tracing several bats on the card stock. I’m lucky enough to have a very talented girlfriend who  free handed the big and small bat on separate card stock paper, and ended up using a couple of large bats and several small bats.

3. Cut them out and put two holes in the center big enough for the floral wire to go through. Loop the floral wire in each hole, and place it on the wreath wherever you want the bat to be.

4. Turn the wreath over and twist the floral wire around itself to secure it on the wreath. Once you have as many bats on the wreath as you’d like, you’re done!

The dangling skeleton I found at a local craft store. I spray painted it and painted the bones on. I just love him! He goes perfect with my bat wreath.

Halloweens almost here!



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