Monthly Archives: October 2015

Halloween Series: DIY Halloween Decorations With Battery Powered LED Tea Lights

Check out our favourite DIY Halloween decorations that anyone can make at home.

Here at What’s On 4 we think Halloween is just FANGTASTIC! But we know that throwing a bewitching bonanza of a party can get expensive. So, thanks to our friends at PK Green, we have some simple (and cheap) DIY Halloween decorations that anyone can make for under a tenner…Monster Cup Lanterns

Halloween Monster Cup Lanterns

These super simple, and super cheap, Halloween monster lanterns are made out of plastic cups covered in coloured tissue paper – the perfect afternoon craft activity to get stuck into with the kids this Halloween! They’re really quick and easy to throw together and we think they look great. Check out the full step-by-step guide over on instructables.com.

Spooky Mummy Jar Lanterns

If you’ve been keeping in touch with our blog, you’ll have seen our post about these fab DIY Mummy Lanterns last week. They’re another super quick and easy build and will cost you next to nothing (especially as the all-important battery powered LED tealight candles are currently on sale at PK Green for £9.99).

Why not try adapting this idea to make DIY Frankenstein Heads using our green LED tea lights or you could try some gruesome Brain Jars with pink or red lights?! The possibilities are endless!Mummy Lanterns1

Jack-O-Lanterns Without The Pumpkin!

Jack-o-lanterns are traditionally made out of carved, hollowed out pumpkins and it’s become somewhat of an artform in recent times. Just check out these intricate designs! However, the traditional pumpkin jack-o-lantern isn’t without its limitations, the biggest and most obvious being that eventually it’ll go rotten and all of your beautiful hard work will have to be chucked in the bin!

Thankfully, the invention of the LED candle has opened up the realm of jack-o-lanterns to materials that would have otherwise been off limits due to the risk of fire! Tonnes of crafty minded folk have come up with hundreds of fun and original ways of creating spooky jack-o-lanterns with all kinds of vessels, from old milk cartons to tin cans!

Here’s just a few of our favourites:

PLEASE REMEMBER: many of these lantern vessels are flammable so ONLY USE LED CANDLES if you attempt to make these yourself. DO NOT USE NORMAL CANDLES.

Let’s have a fun – and safe – Halloween this year. After the terrible burns suffered by Claudia Winkleman’s daughter last year many supermarket Halloween costumes will now meet more rigorous fire safety standards. Click here to view the news update>>> Remember to choose battery operated tea lights to decorate the house and add to our pumpkins!


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Halloween Series: How To Make Your Own Spooky Mummy Lantern Decorations

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If you’re planning a party this Halloween, these DIY mummy lanterns are a great spooky addition and they cost next to nothing to make!

I don’t know about you guys, but here at What’s On 4 we LOVE Halloween! But, as with many holidays, the price of going all out to celebrate can soon start to add up, especially if you’re organising a party. That’s why we think these DIY Mummy Lanterns made with old jars and toilet paper are a perfect addition to any Halloween shindig and they’re so quick and easy to make. Huge thanks to our friends at PK Green for the idea!

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What You’ll Need To Make Your Mummy Lanterns

  • Clear jars – you can also use large plastic cups
  • Toilet roll
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape or normal cellotape
  • PKG battery operated LED tealight candles
  • Felt-tip pens (for decoration) – you can also use googly eyes

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Step-by-step Instructions

Follow the steps outlined here to create your very own scary mummy lanterns!

  1. Unroll a good length of toilet roll and tear off. Fold it in half and cut down the middle to make 2 long, thin pieces of paper.
  2. Pull each of the pieces of paper apart (from end to end) to make them single ply.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 until you have enough paper to cover all of your jars.
  4. Take the first jar and stick a small piece of double-sided tape to the Mummy Lanterns4shoulder (if you are using sellotape, fold a piece over to make it double-sided).
  5. Take a strip of paper, stick it to the tape and begin to wrap your jar. Repeat this process until the whole jar is covered in paper.
  6. Once your jar is fully wrapped it’s time to get creative. Use the felt-tip pens or stick on eyes to decorate your mummy jars and bring them to life!!
  7. Finally pop in your PK Green battery operated LED tealight candles and voila! Your very own Scary Halloween Mummy Lanterns

Throughout October our Mummy Lanterns5friends at PK Green will be using #PKScream to give away some awesome Halloween goodies via their Twitter page. Don’t miss out – head over and follow PK Green UK now! For more DIY Halloween inspiration check back for our weekly Halloween Series on the blog throughout October.

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