Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Halloween Craft- Lantern Tutorial

With fall in full swing I am continuing to post tutorials that are inspired by the season and today is another alternative Halloween project. I think it is pretty evident that I believe that ANYTHING can be transformed with a little paint!




This week I found one of those ugly but cheap plastic jack o lanterns for trick ($1.99) for treating. Since we don't have kids and there won't be trick or treating in our house, I decided to turn it into a decorative little lantern! (but this would be another great kids project if you have little ones that will be collecting candy)



Start by cutting out the eyes, nose and mouth with utility knife. You could get really decorative with this but I am clumsy and prone to injuring myself and wanted to keep it simple!



Give the the lantern a full coast of paint to cover the entire pumpkin- you may also paint the inside at this time if you prefer.



Draw simple doodles all the surface- I chose flowers but you could use simple shapes, words, your favorite pattern- just try to fill the entire surface.



Begin to fill in your shapes with paint. Living in San Diego, fall and winter often don't feel like fall and winter so I decided to painting my lantern with bright summer colors that would match my house and my garden this time of year- its typically blue sky and sunny :)



After your shapes are filled with color, go back and add tiny details in contrasting color so they pop. I LOVE the Scribbles 3-D paint that Duncan makes and it works great for tiny decorative elements in your painting! I decided to outline everything with white dots!




Once you are happy with the surface paint the inside (if you like)
Switch out the ugly elastic handle and add a ribbon for the handle
Add a tea light candle


I decided to use my lantern as a table centerpiece (paired with my painted skulls and messy painted pumpkins)





15 comments:

*jean* said...

ooo alisa, this is so cute! thank you for all your tutorials! i am sure that one of the children i know would be interested in doing this project!!

jean

Soggy Dog Studios said...

If only Cinderella's carriage turned into that PuMpKiN!!! That Rocked! :) oxox- Kim

The Adventurous Art Teacher said...

I love you... I'm in art club right know I found the paper mache skulls for 1.50 and the kids are having a ball. They just saw the lantern. There homework is to find the lantern and away they create. :)

Diana said...

This is a GREAT inspiring idea! I love the Dia de los muertos look! thanks

rena said...

I love it Alisa!

Jo Anne said...

so flippin RAD!

Kelly Berkey said...

All your artwork is rocking! The pumpkin idea is great...I think we all should have at least one "cool" pumpkin that shows how artistic we can be.
Thanks for the idea!
Kelly

The Dreaming Bear said...

Love how you will paint anything that isn't (or is) nailed down! Great idea! You are really helping us to see EVERYTHING in a new light! Way to go! So inspired by your blog!

susie said...

love this!

Jenxo said...

wow, looks fantastic, and i love it all grouped together, tfs.....

Anonymous said...

Love this idea and I like your tunic also.

KathrynAntyr said...

This is really fantastic. I love it!

Anonymous said...

I bought a pumpkin today!
time to start painting!

what fun

Susan

Jenn said...

waay cute.

Elizabeth @ Ucreate with Kids said...

Wow! That's amazing! I'm sad I didn't see it earlier. I LOVE how you transform everything with paint! Your skills are awesome!

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