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Halloween Craft: EmptyTide Pod Container Lantern/Luminary

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher, a freelance writer, and an avid recycler.

This is what my completed DIY Halloween lantern looks like.

This is what my completed DIY Halloween lantern looks like.

Why DIY Halloween Decor?

Ideas about saving and reusing Tide Pod containers for Halloween crafts have been bouncing around in my head since spring. They are so obviously orange and pumpkin-shaped—how I could resist?

But then I read warnings against reusing them as candy containers. Tide Pods already have a bad rap due to viral videos of kids consuming them like candy. I had to do something, so I came up with this cute luminary idea. Use these step-by-step instructions to make your own!

Supplies

  • Tide Pod container (or similar)
  • Black, yellow, or orange tissue paper
  • Stiff white paper
  • White crayon or chalk (for tracing on black tissue)
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Glue that dries clear
  • Solar light or battery-operated candle
  • Yellow paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange watercolor paint and brush
  • Black Sharpie
These are some of my supplies mid-craft.

These are some of my supplies mid-craft.

Instructions

  1. Remove the peel by soaking the container in warm water. Be sure to fill the container with water too, or it will just bobble. Finish it off with Goof Off or a similar solvent prodcut.
  2. Let it air dry, then paint it with a wash of thinned watercolor to give it an opaque orange look.
  3. Decide on a design. You can do something simple like bats or a Jack-o-lantern face. I wanted to do a haunted house with a spooky tree, a big moon, and spooky eyes peeping out the door.
  4. Cutting shapes from tissue paper lets the light shine through. Make a pattern on stiff white paper. Cut this out and trace it onto the tissue. Use an X-acto knife to cut out windows.
  5. Glue the shapes onto the container. Use glue that dries clear, and use it sparingly. Use the black Sharpie to draw the window frames.
  6. Glue on eye shapes from yellow paper and add googly eyes.
  7. Add lighting inside. You can use glow sticks, a solar light, or battery-operated tea lights.
  8. Use your Tide Pod container Halloween lantern on the mantel, a patio table, or anywhere else you like.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 13, 2020:

Thanks! You too, Peggy!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 12, 2020:

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it with us. Wishing you an early Happy Halloween.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on October 12, 2020:

I love those Halloween luminaries!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 12, 2020:

Thanks, Pam. It was fun.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 12, 2020:

Thanks, I will!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 12, 2020:

Thanks, Pam! I enjoyed making it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 12, 2020:

You are very "crafty", Rebecca. I like your Halloween craft.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 12, 2020:

Thanks!

Lakshmi from Chennai on October 12, 2020:

Hi Rebecca Mealey, Very creative and interesting craft. Do share more like this.