Halloween is the favorite holiday for many of you. The idea of putting up Halloween pumpkins is quite a thrill but many can’t actually execute this idea in cities. If you desperately want Halloween pumpkins without the access to actual ones then you can turn Chinese lanterns into them. You can design them the way you like by lending them the spookiness you want. If you want your Halloween party to be a special one then don’t hesitate to take the extra step and create these wonderful Halloween pumpkins.
They are very easy to make, cost efficient and will hardly take you more then ten minutes.
1. Difficulty Level : Easy.
2. Time Required : around 10 minutes
3. Resources Required :
Chinese Lanterns – They come in various sizes ranging from 8″, 12″ and 16″.
Thread – clear threads are the ideal ones but black can also work well.
Green pipe liners
4. Estimate cost : $15 – $40 (this depends on the number of pumpkins you need as chinese lanterns come expensive)
5. Instructions :
A. Arrangement :
Now you need to arrange the way you wound like your pumpkins. It sounds simple and is quite simple as well. All you need to do is insert a wire into into all the Chinese lanterns you have and arrange them in an order. You have to be extra careful while doing this as the lanterns are made of a very delicate material and it is prone to tear.
B. Leaves :
The next step is to proceed to attaching the leaves. You need to attach the pipe cleaners to the bar which is horizontal across the lantern. Make sure you secure the pipe properly to keep the it in place. Then take a separate pipe cleaner and then run it into the notch in the bar to secure it properly. You also have to twist the pipe cleaner around your finger to create the curls which are necessary.
C. Stem :
Get hold of a scrap piece of paper and make it in the shape of a stem. Then use the floral tape and use it to wrap it around the scrap paper. Cover the entire paper with the floral tape and then place it on top of the frame of wire. Make sure that you have placed it properly.
D. Spider :
Use the plastic spiders hat you have bought. They will give your pumpkins the perfect Halloween look. You have to take a string with which you will attach them. Take the spider and use the string to attach it to the leg of the spider. Knot the string along its leg and fix it with the Chinese lantern pumpkins.
6. Frequently Asked Questions :
A. Where can I get the Chinese lanterns from ?
Ans : You can get the Chinese lanterns from any nearby shop. You can also purchase them from the internet, the Amazon.com
B. What can I use if I don’t get the spiders?
Ans : If you don’t get the spiders you can also use any dark colored insect to at least create a spooky effect. If you want, you can also take black paint and paint it on the lanterns. Make sure you are not too violent with the brush, it may make a hole into the Chinese lanterns.
7. Quick Tips :
You can get the Chinese lantern at a reasonable rate at the Amazon.com site
You can also place bulbs or small tubes inside the Chinese lanterns and they can be used as a bright decorative material to light up your drawing room.
8. Things to watch out for :
A. Make sure you are careful while putting the wires into the Chinese lanterns as the material of the lanterns is very delicate and can be easily ruined. Also try to keep your hands clean while you are walking on it as it can soil your lanterns and leave ugly marks on it.
B. As you will be using scissors and wires, make sure that you don’t have kids around you. These materials are not very safe for the children and can cause an unwanted accident if you are not careful enough.