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DIY Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans

DIY Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans

Make these cute DIY Halloween luminaries out of recycled supplies that you probably already have in your home. These cute Halloween decorations riff off the traditional Halloween paper lanterns, luminary bags and mason jar luminaries — but mine recycle baby formula cans.

It’s well-documented that I’m a pack rat when it comes to items I think could have another life. When Elise transitioned from breast milk to formula, I was amazed at how we flew through cans of formula! True to form, I stashed some away in my craft closet and now they are being transformed into cheap Halloween decorations.

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Making DIY Halloween luminaries and lanterns

I tucked in one flameless battery-powered votive candle inside each DIY Halloween luminary and it’s such a pretty glow.

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I whipped up these no-flame DIY Halloween luminaries from flameless battery-operated flickering votive candles, empty baby formula cans, oatmeal containers or other cardboard cans, tissue paper, Sharpie markers and a craft knife in less than 30 minutes. You could also use oatmeal containers or other cardboard cans to make your luminaries. Kids could help too for all steps other than cutting.

DIY Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans
DIY Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans

My nighttime photos aren’t the best quality but you get the idea. I put these DIY Halloween luminaries in our entry way to greet today’s trick-or-treaters. Next year I think I’ll add more to go all the way down our front stairs. Boo!

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Supplies for making DIY Halloween luminaries lights from recycled baby formula cans:

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How to make DIY Halloween luminaries lanterns from recycled baby formula cans:

Peel off the label from the empty baby formula cans. There will be some adhesive remaining on the can back which you’ll actually use later. Turn the can so the adhesive is on the back.

Making DIY Halloween luminaries and lanterns

Draw a pumpkin face on the Halloween lantern using black Sharpie markers. You can make cute Halloween decorations or scary decorations, totally up to you! My kids are young so I went with cute.

Making DIY Halloween luminaries and lanterns

Carefully cut out the face of the luminary using a craft knife. I liked the look of the black highlight, so I cut inside the lines to keep that emphasis, but it’s up to you.

Making DIY Halloween luminaries and lanterns

Cut a slice of tissue paper the same width as your formula can. Mine was 5″ wide. Place one side of the orange tissue paper on top of the can’s leftover adhesive, or use double-sided tape.

Making DIY Halloween luminaries and lanterns

Roll the tissue paper taught around the can. Affix using double-sided tape, cutting off any extra tissue paper.

Making DIY Halloween luminaries and lanterns

Cut a piece of green tissue paper slightly larger than the lid. Roll the paper inside. Cut off any extra tissue paper from the DIY Halloween luminary. I didn’t even use tape here.

How to make DIY Halloween luminaries and lanterns

Safety check: Now it should go without saying here that you can’t use a real candle in your DIY Halloween luminary but I’ll say it anyway: Put flameless battery-operated flickering votive candles inside your lantern. You can also put rocks or sand in the bottom if it’s a windy day. Repeat for a bevvy of silly and spooky DIY Halloween luminaries!

How to make DIY Halloween luminaries and lanterns
DIY Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans

Be sure to pin these DIY Halloween luminaries for later:

DIY Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans

And see more easy DIY Halloween decorating ideas.

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tracie

Monday 8th of September 2014

Thank you for the GREAT idea, going to do it this year for my walk way, also going to try and get a ghost look by putting on a different face expression and wrapping the can in white.

Kathy Beymer

Tuesday 9th of September 2014

I love that idea! Would love to see the pictures - you can post it at facebook.com/merrimentdesign and I'll share them with everyone :D

Liz B.

Saturday 29th of October 2011

You are SO creative! How do you come up with this stuff? I love this idea--it's easy, fast and reusable.

Kathy Beymer

Saturday 29th of October 2011

Thanks, Liz! BTW, your lentil soup recipe looks delicious...

Heather

Wednesday 10th of November 2010

You amaze me. Every time.

Liz

Saturday 6th of November 2010

very cute!! I wish I saw this before halloween, I still have some of those cans!

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