DIY: Gauze Mummy Lanterns

Around this time of year I actually don't mind those pesky catalogs that fill up my mailbox. I like to skim through the pages and find a bit of holiday inspiration. I'm just not too keen on the prices (read: ridiculous prices). Of course, Pottery Barn is one of those catalogs that has adorable items for out of control prices.

This fall I fell in love with these cute gauze mummy lanterns, but at $24.50 a pop (are you insane?!), there was no way I could possibly bring myself to purchase them. I quickly transitioned to the "I could do that" phase. The picture below is from the Pottery Barn website. And, BTW, the lanterns are are sold out online. *shocked face emoji*

The Pottery Barn inspiration.
After a quick trip to Michael's to pick up missing supplies, and two long afternoon naps, I had my little spookers. This is definitely on the easy scale of crafting and certainly subject to creative approaches. But for a jumping off point, here is how I made Pottery Barn Halloween decor for a fraction of the price:

The Materials:
  • 3 mason jars (wide or narrow mouth, whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 pkg white gauze
  • Modge Podge
  • Black foam
  • Foam brush
  • Scissor
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hole punch and coins for tracing
The Method
  1. Cut up some manageable pieces of gauze (I used 2-ply, with repetitive wrapping, I still wanted light to be able to get through).
  2. Glue one continuous piece around the jar for coverage.
  3. Take two smaller pieces and fit over the lip of the jar, gluing in place. The whole jar should be covered. Let dry.
  4. Trace the desired sized circles on the black foam and cut out. I used a hole punch for the inner eye and a nickel and a Canadian dime for the out eye.
  5. Hot glue the eyes in place.
  6. Take a small piece of gauze, twist, and wrap around the forehead, slightly covering the eyes. Glue in place.
  7. Take another piece of gauze, twist, and wrap around the mouth area. Glue in place.
  8. Let dry. Repeat with remaining jars.

Glue one piece around the jar to get full coverage.

Fold the gauze over the lip of the jar. Making small slits in the gauze makes the gluing manageable.

Folding the gauze a bit over the eyes.

And there you have it! All wrapped up and ready to spook! And at the price of a mason jar, a pretty thrifty craft.

Happy Halloween!

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