Halloween Lantern


“Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn and caldron bubble.”


The famous words of the three witches come to mind at this time of the year, with trick or treating youngsters knocking at your door.

So, why not join in the fun and make your home inviting by creating some traditional Halloween Lanterns, which are sure to get everyone in the mood for some jiggery pokery!


Stack cut the designs in any way you wish using 4 & 6mm wood of your choice and use either coloured acetate, 90gram tracing paper or both to give an eerie glow.


The bayonet unit at the bottom of the lantern makes it safe and easy to change the tea-lights

Always use caution when burning candles even though if they are to be placed outside.


Getting started

First make a copy of the patterns and prepare your wood section by cutting out 4,6mm side panel blanks, with the front and back panels overlapping the sides ( two panels measuring 100mm x 140mm & two at 112mm x 140mm) need for each lantern.



01.  Stack together multiples of 2 or 3 if wishing to make more than 1 lantern, use masking tape to secure the stack.


02.  Attach a pattern to each stack using either a glue stick or spray adhesive.


03.  With a pillar drill fitted with a 2mm drill bit, drill all the blade entry holes.


Cutting out

04.  With all the inner cuts to be made a quick release blade clamp is an essential piece of kit for the scrollsaw Use a fine No. 3 reverse tooth blade, which will give a clean cut and help to minimise the bur on the underside.


05.  Place the blade through one of the pre-drilled holes to get started, when faced with a sharp inner corner, first cut into the corner then back the blade out just enough to turn and continue along the cutting line until you are back at the beginning.


06.  Then return to each corner to clean out the waste material.

Cut the smaller pieces out first, leaving the larger supporting pieces in place until the last.


07.  With the blade hole drilled into the widest part to be cut, working from the hole cut down into one of  the points, then back the blade up to the hole, then cut towards the same point on the other side to remove the waste.


08.  Turn the whole panel around to complete the cut into the opposite point.


09.  Continue in this way until all four panels are cut out.


10.  Carefully remove the patterns and masking tape.


11.  Sand each panel surface and de-bur the undersides using 220grit sandpaper and a block, take extra care of the delicate threads of the spiders web.


12.  Nex stack together the blanks for the top and bottom panels (which sit inside the side panels) and the pieces that make up the tea-light holder bayonet section.

Remember to double up if making 2 Lanterns.


13.  Again drill the blade entry holes and the 2, 1.5mm holes for the hanger (in the top panel) cut out the inner circles in both panels, and then the notches in the bottom panel.


14.  Once all the inner cuts have been made, continue to cut around the perimeters.


15.  As before sand and remove any bur from the newly cut pieces and then have a dry assembly of the lanterns to check the fit and make any adjustments if necessary, mark reference points to assist when gluing.


16.  To bend and attach the 1.5mm x 300mm bass rod, first find the centre of the rod and then place it over an appropriate size glass jar or something suitably rounded, firmly holding the centre bend both ends evenly around until each are pointing downwards.

Then place the ends of the rod into the pre-drilled holes in the top panel, adjust to the required height and then using a pair of pliers bend the ends over to secure.



17.  Mark out and cut an A4 sheet of coloured acetate into 4 pieces (measuring 98 x 130mm) for each lantern, alternatively use 90gram tracing paper or both acetate and tracing paper together for a more opaque look.


18.  With the side panels of the lantern laid out flat as if dropped away from the bottom centre piece, position the acetate/tracing paper 6mm down from the top of each panel (this will allow for the positioning of the top panel), then attach using thin strips of double sided tape.


19.  Next apply glue to all the adjoining surfaces, use a 6mm packing to the raised floor, secure with masking tape or clamps until dry.

Glue the bayonet section in order referring to the cross section pattern and again allow to dry.

Apply a finish of you choice, in readiness for Halloweeeeeen!


FREE Pattern Downloads :-)

Battery operated candles / tea-lights work just as well and are a lot safer!



Happy Halloween :-)




Halloween side panel 1 2.pdf
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Halloween side panel 3 4.pdf
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Halloween Bayonet section.pdf
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Halloween top bottom panels.pdf
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