This homemade pumpkin lantern is a frugal dollar store DIY project.
Dollar store pumpkins can be used for so many things during the fall season. Take a look below at how we turned an ordinary dollar store pumpkin into a fun pumpkin lantern, perfect for lighting up Halloween nights! Making your own pumpkin lantern is easier than you may think, and the total project only cost us $2!
How to Make a Pumpkin Lantern
- Foam pumpkin ($1 at Dollar Tree)
- Strand of twinkle lights ($1 at Dollar Tree)
You want to use a screwdriver with a nice round tip. A pencil would also work for this purpose if you don’t have a screwdriver on you.
1. Begin by taking a knife and removing a 2 inch wide square from the back of the pumpkin. Simply poke the knife in and cut until the square is created. Discard the piece you have cut off. You won’t be needing it any further.
This will be the back of your lantern, so don’t worry about the cut being perfect.
2. Now, take your screwdriver and poke holes into the pumpkin. You can make them random as we did, or make the dots into a shape or letter even. Get creative! Continue poking through the pumpkin until you have the pattern of your choice.
3. Next, tuck the strand of lights into the pumpkin. Simply press them into the inside and leave the plug hanging out. We used orange lights, but you can use any color you wish.
Now all you need to do is plug the twinkle lights in. The lights will shine through the holes and illuminate the design!
Head to your local dollar store and gather the supplies you need to give this easy pumpkin lantern a try. Just think of all of the spins you could put on it and designs you could try!