Halloween Craft: Mini Pumpkin Lanterns

Decorate your walkway or garden path with these delightful mini carved pumpkin lanterns.

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Lanterns

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Lanterns

Light up your walkway or garden path with these adorable pumpkin lanterns

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Light up your walkway or garden path with these adorable pumpkin lanterns

Did you know that carving pumpkins can be traced back hundreds of years to Ireland? Prior to coming to America, each All Hallow's Eve the Irish would carve out turnips, rutabagas, turnips and potatoes. They would then place burning embers in them to help ward off evil spirits. In the 1800s Irish immigrants in America discovered that pumpkins were much easier to carve than the traditional root vegetables. The tradition of carving pumpkins was born. 

As it is for many around the world, carving pumpkins has become a family tradition and fun filled afternoon. With newspaper spread out on the picnic table, we dive right in. One by one the grown-ups carve the lids off the pumpkins and the little hands of the family scoop out the "guts." Then we carve out the imaginative faces dreamed up by our children. 

This year we found mini pumpkins. They were too cute not to try and carve. We turned them into hanging lanterns. What a fun way to welcome this year's trick or treaters! Here is what you will need to get started.

Supply List: 

  • Mini Pumpkins
  • Small shepherd hooks
  • Sharp knives
  • Garden twine
  • Drill
  • Scissors
  • Flameless tealights

Now take a peek at the gallery below and the accompanying captions for the full step-by-step tutorial:

Pumpkin Lanterns How-To

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