Decorate your home with this sugar skull Halloween luminary craft. Learn how to make DIY Halloween luminaries for your Halloween decor.

Halloween Luminary Craft: How to Make DIY Halloween Luminaries

October 7, 2020
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Decorate your home for the holidays with this sugar skull Halloween luminary craft project. Learn how to make DIY Halloween luminaries for your front porch or walkway this fall. Crafted using laundry pod buckets, these upcycled Halloween luminaries are an affordable and fun way to decorate your home for Halloween on a budget.

DIY Halloween Luminary. Decorate your home for the holidays with this sugar skull Halloween luminary craft project. Learn how to make DIY Halloween luminaries for your front porch or walkway this fall. Crafted using laundry pod buckets these upcycled Halloween luminaries are an affordable and fun way to decorate your home for Halloween on a budget. Craft easy upcycled Halloween decorations in just 5-minutes with these outdoor Halloween decorating ideas. Budget friendly DIY Halloween decorations.

Upcycled Halloween Decorations

They say there are two absolutes in life —  death and taxes. However, I’m mostly sure they forgot about laundry in this scenario. Whether you have a family or are making your way through life solo, if you wear clothes, you’re stuck doing laundry at some point. (Unless of course you’re like one of my way back exes who simply kept buying more underwear to put off the task.)

Cold weather means even more laundry than usual. Jeans and sweaters obviously take up more space in the washer then t-shirts and shorts. And, of course, there all all those cozy knee high socks so toes stay snug and cozy. Inevitably this also means using more laundry detergent. So I tend to buy my laundry detergent in bulk to cut costs whenever possible. I also buy the pods rather than liquid detergent. They’re so much easier to deal with, and there’s no mess from drips and the like

Unfortunately, most bulk laundry detergent pods come in giant plastic buckets. Our city is often iffy on recycling plastics. There’s also the issue of some plastic never actually being recycled at all, even if they make their way into recycling bins. Therefore I thought I’d do something creative with my plastic laundry detergent tubs and upcycle them into a fun Halloween craft project.

This sugar skull Halloween luminary craft is perfect for your Halloween decor.  A quick and easy Halloween craft, these DIY Halloween luminaries are a great way to add last minute decor to your Halloween porch or party without the mess of carving pumpkins! Plus, by using upcycled laundry pod buckets to create a Halloween luminary for your Halloween decorations, you’re helping to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own sugar skull Halloween luminary craft using just a few simple materials — an upcycled plastic laundry pod bucket, a sugar skull temporary tattoo and battery operated tea lights.

DIY Halloween Luminary. Decorate your home for the holidays with this sugar skull Halloween luminary craft project. Learn how to make DIY Halloween luminaries for your front porch or walkway this fall. Crafted using laundry pod buckets these upcycled Halloween luminaries are an affordable and fun way to decorate your home for Halloween on a budget. Craft easy upcycled Halloween decorations in just 5-minutes with these outdoor Halloween decorating ideas. Budget friendly DIY Halloween decorations.

DIY Sugar Skull Halloween Luminary

Supplies & Materials:

Empty laundry pod bucket
Large sugar skull temporary tattoo
Four battery operated tea lights

Tools Needed:

Paper towel
Water

Supplies and materials for making upcycled halloween decorations laundry pod bucket halloween luminary

Directions for How to Make an Upcycled Halloween Luminary:

To make these DIY Halloween luminaries, you’ll first need to remove all the labels from the laundry pod bucket. Once the labels have been removed, wash the bucket thoroughly and allow to dry.

Now choose the sugar skull temporary tattoo you’d like to use for the front of your Halloween luminary. (You can also use other temporary tattoo designs as desired to fit your Halloween decor.)

peel protective coating from back of temporary tattoo

Peel the clear plastic protective sheet off of the sugar skull temporary tattoo.

Then place the tattoo you chose for your Halloween luminary face-down on the handle side of the laundry bucket.

apply tattoo to empty laundry pod bucket for upcycled halloween decorations

Wet a paper towel with water. Use the wet paper towel to apply the temporary tattoo to the laundry pod bucket. To do this, apply the moistened paper towel to the paper side of the tattoo, dampening it all the way through the paper. Be sure to hold the tattoo still during application.

Once you dampen the back of the temporary tattoo, wait 10-25 seconds. Then gently remove the paper from the back of the tattoo.

DIY Halloween Luminary. Decorate your home for the holidays with this sugar skull Halloween luminary craft project. Learn how to make DIY Halloween luminaries for your front porch or walkway this fall. Crafted using laundry pod buckets these upcycled Halloween luminaries are an affordable and fun way to decorate your home for Halloween on a budget. Craft easy upcycled Halloween decorations in just 5-minutes with these outdoor Halloween decorating ideas. Budget friendly DIY Halloween decorations.

That’s it! Your sugar skull Halloween luminary if now complete. To display, simply place several tea lights inside your Halloween luminary to decorate your front porch or walkway.

DIY Halloween Luminary. Decorate your home for the holidays with this sugar skull Halloween luminary craft project. Learn how to make DIY Halloween luminaries for your front porch or walkway this fall. Crafted using laundry pod buckets these upcycled Halloween luminaries are an affordable and fun way to decorate your home for Halloween on a budget. Craft easy upcycled Halloween decorations in just 5-minutes with these outdoor Halloween decorating ideas. Budget friendly DIY Halloween decorations.

After Halloween, you can use your Halloween luminary buckets to store Halloween lights or garland, along with other seasonal Halloween decor. Simply keep the lids and screw them on once you’ve placed the Halloween decorations you’d like to store inside. Then stack your DIY Halloween luminaries on a shelf to keep things organized and easy to find next year.

Upcycled Halloween Decorations. How to make a DIY Halloween Luminary Craft. Decorate your home for the holidays with this sugar skull Halloween luminary craft project. How to make DIY Halloween luminaries for your front porch or walkway this fall. Crafted using laundry pod buckets these upcycled Halloween luminaries are an affordable and fun way to decorate your home for Halloween on a budget. Craft easy upcycled Halloween decorations in just 5-minutes with this outdoor Halloween decor idea.

Yield: 1 Halloween Luminary

Sugar Skull Halloween Luminary

Sugar Skull Halloween Luminary

Decorate your home with this DIY sugar skull Halloween luminary craft. Learn how to make DIY Halloween luminaries for your Halloween decor from upcycled laundry pod buckets and a temporary tattoo.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Active Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Empty laundry pod bucket
  • Large sugar skull temporary tattoo
  • Four battery operated tea lights

Tools

  • Paper towel
  • Water

Instructions

Remove all the labels from the laundry pod bucket. Once the labels have been removed, wash the bucket thoroughly and allow to dry.

Peel the clear plastic protective sheet off of the sugar skull temporary tattoo you chose for the Halloween luminary.

Now place the tattoo face-down on the handle side of the laundry bucket.

Wet a paper towel with water. Use the wet paper towel to apply the temporary tattoo to the laundry pod bucket. To do this, apply the moistened paper towel to the paper side of the tattoo, dampening it all the way through the paper.

Once you dampen the back of the temporary tattoo, wait 10-25 seconds. Then gently remove the paper from the back of the tattoo.

Now place several tea lights inside your Halloween luminary to decorate your front porch or walkway.

Upcycled Halloween decorations. This DIY outdoor upcycled Halloween decor was crafted by a friend of mine using upcycled materials. She used Dollar Tree pool noodles to create creepy Halloween decorations. To create this upcycled Halloween decor, she first taped three pool noodles together. She then zip tied the egg cartons onto the pool noodles to form the suckers. Finally, burlap was wrapped around the pool noodles and then spray painted in a variety of colors to give the tentacles life.

More Halloween Decor Ideas

If you like my DIY Halloween luminaries, then be sure to try my other upcycled Halloween decorations. These upcycled cereal box tombstones are perfect for creating a faux graveyard in your front yard to spook your trick-or-treaters this Halloween. Or craft some of these other easy and fun Halloween decor ideas on a budget for your home this fall.

Also be sure to check out these other upcycled Halloween decorations, pictured above. This DIY Halloween decor was created by a dear friend of mine some years back using upcycled materials. She used Dollar Tree pool noodles to create creepy Halloween decorations for her home. To create this upcycled Halloween decor, she first taped three pool noodles together. She then zip tied the egg cartons onto the pool noodles to form the “suckers.” Finally, burlap was wrapped around the pool noodles and then spray painted in a variety of colors to give the tentacles life. Check out these outdoor DIY Halloween decorations here.

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1 Comments

  • Cari

    October 15, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    I love how this turned out! Using a tattoo is a genius idea!

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