I’m a huge fan of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. So for me, Halloween is the perfect time to deck my house out in Haunted Mansion decorations! Last year I made this “Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts” over the door sign, and this year I’ve created these fun lanterns. Keep reading to find out how to make them yourself, and how to grab a free Cricut cut file for the designs.
Today I’m going to share with you a craft inspired by the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. My kids like to tease me that I like the Haunted Mansion ride a little “too much”. It’s true, I love it. I love the creepy caretaker and the silly singing ghosts, and the wallpaper with the eyes staring back at you. I dream of a dinner party as fun as the one with the dancing ghosts in the ride.
I’m going to show you how to very simply turn some plain black lanterns into Haunted Mansion lanterns. You’ll need an “e” cutting machine for this. I’ve provided 2 free cut files for you to download. The best part about this project is after Halloween you just peel the images off of the lantern and you can reuse it for other occasions.
DIY Halloween Haunted Mansion Lanterns
- Cricut Machine – I used the Maker machine. You can also use the Explore Series Machines
- Cricut Adhesive Foil. Which is kinda like really thick aluminum foil. It gives the lanterns a great texture, and I love how the light bounces off of the foil.
- Black Lanterns with Glass – You can also find similar ones HERE. Make sure they have glass or plastic panels, not all lanterns do.
- Recommended: Cricut BrightPad
Haunted Mansion Lanterns Directions:
Begin by downloading the two free svg Cricut files from my site. The “WELCOME FOOLISH MORTALS” text and the Hitchhiking Ghosts silhouette are available for you to grab.
After you download your images, pull them into your machine software and size them to the same size as your lantern. There are 2 additional images that I used in my project that are available in the Cricut design space, so I can’t offer those for download.
Here is the info in Cricut Design Space for the Images:
- Bat Scroll Image is from the BOO file – just “hide” the parts of the image you don’t want to use
- Skeletons on a Fence
They are just simple bat and scroll shapes, so you should be able to grab something very similar in the Cricut design easily if you don’t like the ones I used. Add them to your design before you cut it out if you like. I think they would be cute either way.
After you “design” your image the way you want it, make sure you click on all of your layers and click “Attach” in the Design Space so they all cut as one cohesive image.
I made two lanterns. The Foolish Mortals version and Hitchhiking Ghosts.
I divided up the hitchhiking ghosts and put one on each side of my smaller lantern.
(note: after I made this cut out, I realized that the text was not big enough, so I changed it to the larger text you see on the lanterns above, the free cut file on my site is for the larger letters)
After you have your design set up the way you like, cut out your image with your machine onto your adhesive foil. I used the strong grip mat to cut out my image.
Here’s a tip, when you’re peeling off your cut, instead of peeling the cutting material, peel the mat. That way, your cut material will not wrinkle or curl.
I then used my BrightPad to help me weed the extra vinyl. When you’re working with dark colors like this, it’s especially helpful!
Remove the excess from around your image and apply a piece of transfer tape to the front.
Then apply the image to the lantern. Use a credit card or plastic scraper to get it to stick well, then peel away the transfer tape.
I LOVE The Haunted Mansion!!!! I had the big record and the big book that came with it back in the late 60s or very early 70s then my cousin stole it from me! I would like to know how you made the sign of the 3 hitchhiking ghosts last year!
Love your blog!!
have a wonderful day!
The lanterns are super cute but what I really want to know is where you got those graveyard busts that are in the pictures???? They are awesome!!
Kelly Mahan says
Lanterns, luminaries, all things lights are my favorites!! This idea is so awesome, I gotta try it!
Christine C says
Nice use of the Tula Pink fabric in the background.