This Halloween lantern is designed to fit a tea light, so it makes a fabulous spooky decoration.
This project is made entirely with size 11 Delicas. You just need two colours. In fact, you may already have them in your stash.
I have added an additional detail of a tiny pumpkin embellishment. I used Crescent beads for this, but it is entirely optional. So, your lantern will still look fabulous if you decide not to add it. Or, maybe you want to add more than just one pumpkin.
You will also need beading thread in black and crystal. The pattern gives you extensive help with choosing the perfect thread for the project.
I have added a tea light to my lantern, as you know. It is a standard sized light, detailed in the pattern. (This link will take you to the exact tea lights that I used). So, you can create a wonderful spooky effect.
Experience and techniques
This is a project that you should be able to complete as an intermediate level beader. You are going to be working entirely in tubular Peyote. You will be using some increasing and decreasing to create the shaping, but it is all basic techniques.
I have included both a pattern chart and a word chart for the design on the sides of the lantern. I have also included links to free tutorials and other resources if you do need some extra help.
You will be expected to follow written instructions, but I have used diagrams to illustrate thread paths where necessary. The tutorial gives you 18 pages of detailed instructions.
About the Halloween Lantern
As soon as I discovered the tea lights, I knew I was going to be creating a lot of designs! I started out with my pumpkin beaded box. So, if you’re a fan of Halloween, you might like to give that a try as well. You can find the pattern at this link.
While my mind was on Halloween, I thought of lanterns. I had great fun creating the spooky image around the sides of this design. Just think all spooky flying creatures congregating over a cemetery…
The lantern is 2″ wide and 4″ high. You can hang it as a decoration, or just sit it on a shelf or table for a spooky effect.
I have designed this so that you can take the top off to remove or replace the tea light. But, the design for the bottom will also allow you to switch the tea light on or off without taking it out of the lantern. So, hopefully I’ve covered all possibilities!