triange halloween lantern

Triangle Shaped Halloween Lantern

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the decorations, costumes, and candy. It also occurs during my favorite time of the year. I just love fall!

This paper craft project is easy and cheap to make. It just takes a little time, but the results are amazing! All you need is some paper, glue, and a whole lot of patience.

I wish I could take credit for the artwork, but I can’t. The pdf files are from HGTV, and they were originally intended to be used as templates to cut pumpkins. I think they work quite well as lanterns! Don’t you agree?

You can download the templates, courtesy of HGTV here.





  • Three sheets black cardstock
  • bone folder
  • ruler
  • freezer paper
  • orange tissue paper
  • black poster board
  • Xacto knife or die cut machine
  • strong glue
  • stapler (optional)



  1. Using a ruler measure .5 inch from outside of cardstock, and score with the bone folder.
  2. Crease scoreline.
  3. Cut a .5 in square from each corner, as in the example.
  4. Transfer HGTV pattern to the center of cardstock and cut out with a Xacto knife.
  5. Cut a piece of 7.5 x 10 in the piece of freezer paper.
  6. Cut a piece of 7.5 x 10 in the piece of orange tissue paper.
  7. Place freezer paper shiny side up and top with orange tissue paper. Iron the tissue paper to freezer paper with medium heat.   You can use tissue paper without the freezer paper, but I like the lantern to have some stability. There is still an adequate amount of transparency to let the light shine through with freezer has an excellent tutorial if you are not sure how to work with freezer paper. Check it out!
  8. Glue, the tissue paper/freezer paper, insert to the back of your card stock cut out.
  9. Glue the vertical edges together.
  10. Download the templates for the top and bottom pieces of the lantern here.
  11. Cut one top and one bottom piece for the lantern out of black poster board.
  12. Glue the bottom and tops to the lantern.
  13. You can staple the edges to give added strength to your lantern, if you don’t mind the look.
  14. (Optional) If you want to hang or carry the lantern, punch some holes into the top, and add string or wire as a handle.


* I have added another drawing to help give the tutorial clarity. Hope this solves some of the issues people were having. Rita


You can use battery operated tea lights or regular candles to illuminate your lantern.

Always use common sense when burning candles. Never leave a burning candle unattended.




  • Janine Oosting

    I love these lanterns😍
    I would like to make them with my class. But since I’m from the Netherlands I can’t download the templates. Is it possible you can send them to me?

    Thank you very much


    • Rita S

      Hi Janine,
      I am so glad you love the lanterns! I have emailed you a zip file with all of the files. Do send me a photo of the lanterns your class makes and I will post it on my website!


  • Lian Riepma

    I also love this lantern but i’m also from the Nederland and can not download the templates. Can you send them to me please? Thank you.

      • L Riepma

        Hi Rita, thank you for sending me the zip file for the Halloween lanterns. Can you send me the file for the spider also? The spider is not by your email. Thank you. Lian.

    • Sharon

      These lanterns are Amazon.
      I would like to make them with my class. Unfortunally I can’t download the templates because i’m from the Netherlands . Is it possible you can send them to me please?

      Thank you very much

  • Leon van der Schoor

    Hi, my name is Leon, teaching kids around 9 – 10 year old, and I was wondering if you could send me the templates for this amazing lantern!


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