Fast, Eco-Friendly Ghost Lanterns

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photo credit: Fran Wilde

Looking for a new Halloween decoration? With a few items you probably already have, you can make ghost lanterns that are re-usable, recyclable, and eco-friendly.

You’ll need:

  • Plastic milk jugs, stripped of labels and rinsed thoroughly
  • Sharpie marker, black
  • Scissors
  • Sand (for weight)
  • Battery operated candles if placing out of the rain; glow-sticks if using in exposed locations

After rinsing each milk jug, cut the screw-top off to make putting the sand and light inside easier.

Use a Sharpie marker to draw faces on each lantern.

Fill the base with enough sand to keep the lanterns from blowing away and add your light.

** Don’t use regular candles or anything with an open flame, because Plastic + Fire = Bad. **

Place in groups along a pathway or on stairs.

(A version of this project on Pinterest also suggests using Christmas lights.)