Got an old light? Why not turn it into a Jack O’Lantern for Halloween? It’s what I did with a couple of IKEA globe table lamps that I inherited from a friend and it’s such a spookily simple idea!
How to make Jack O’Lanterns from old table lamps
What I used:
- Globe Table Lamps – these are donkey’s years old and probably discontinued by now, but here’s something similar
- Jack O’Lantern Template – I used free templates from Homeideas.com but I can’t find the original source, so I’ve popped them HERE for you to download. There are the original PDF files and I’ve also created handy PNG files with transparent backgrounds for Cricut users.
- Cricut Cutting Machine – or you can use scissors
- Black Self-Adhesive Vinyl – or try black card
No cutting machine? No problem! Simply use scissors to cut out your template by hand. They’re fairly simple shapes, so it should be pretty easy.
No vinyl? Try card! However if you’re going to use your lights outside, especially in dismal October Britain, then I do recommend using self-adhesive vinyl or sticky back plastic. It’s very easy to get hold of – try Wilko or Hobbycraft. Another great place to buy vinyl is GM Crafts, where prices are reasonable and there are often deals on delivery. You can even buy handy packs of A4 vinyl sheets for those small or one-off jobs you don’t need big rolls for.
If you want to keep cost to an absolute minimum and you don’t happen to have a Suzy stash of vinyl, then grab yourself a permanent marker and use the template to draw the Jack O’Lantern onto your light. You could also use the negative (i.e. the piece of card that you’ve just cut out) to spray-paint the decoration.
As an optional extra, you might want to colour your lights orange. I didn’t need to, as I’m using coloured Hue Bulbs for mine, but you could try lightly sponging on some orange paint to make your lights a bit more pumpkin-like. However, I would do this BEFORE adding your Jack O’Lantern decoration.
The original plan was to place these outside OneandSeventy under a permanent covered structure, but Beloved suggested putting them on the Trick or Treat table. I think you’ll agree they look brilliant there. They really do make the room and they’re a brilliant space filler for what is quite a large sweetie station which, come Halloween, will be raided by the local trick or treaters.
Beloved and his genius ideas…!
Firstly, I would strongly advise using Eco or LED bulbs that do not get hot – placing stickers and/or painting lights could be considered a fire hazard, so you do this entirely at your own risk. My lights are large globes with plenty of air circulating around the inner bulb and those bulbs are LED, so I’m more than happy that a fire is no more likely with the added decoration than it would be without.
Secondly, please be mindful of where you locate your pumpkins – you use electric lights outside your home at your own risk! Again, I’m comfortable with my own level of risk. Even when I was planning to use these outside, they would have been under a covered car port that does not get exposed to the elements.
And there you have it, easy peasy DIY Jack O’Lanterns to light up your Halloween.
I hope you enjoyed this project. Drop a comment below to let me know.
A hui hou,
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