Halloween Lantern – Farmhouse Milk Pail

Halloween Lantern –  Farmhouse Milk Pail

This Halloween craft tutorial is made using inexpensive items from the Dollar Tree to create a faux antique-style milk pail, perfect for Halloween decorating.

What you need

Clear plastic storage canister

2 Bowls (dollar tree supplies)

Galvanised tin (handles only) optional

Krylon flat red paint 

Spray Adhesive 

Krylon clear varnish

Cinnamon powder

Exacto knife

Heat source for heating the knife

E6000 glue

Battery Lights



This amazing craft idea comes from Audrey O, She created this Farmhouse style Halloween lantern using items from the Dollar Tree. Thank you so much for sharing your design Audrey.

You can substitute any of the items for what you have on hand for a similar effect.

Start by taking your large clear plastic canister and create the Jack o Lantern face. This is done by cutting into the plastic.

The easiest way to cut the plastic is to heat up the Exacto knife on a flame or your stovetop. The knife melts the plastic as it cuts and it glides through much easier. (Thanks for this great tip Audrey).

To cut your face, you can either draw the design directly onto the plastic or draw it onto some paper and slip it inside and cut around the outline.

Once you have your face in place, the next thing you need to do for your Halloween milk urn is to layer it all up.

Using the E6000 glue for strength, but you can use hot glue or craft glue. Place the bowls on top of each other as shown in the image, add some handles that have been cut from a decorative tin, you could use wire pieces or cut offs from a simple wire coat hanger to form the handles.

Allow any glue to dry before painting.

Paint your lantern in a rich red, you can also opt for a dark orange rust paint or even silver.

Once your base coat is dried, it may take 1-2 coats.

The tip to getting the rust effect is sprinkling the lantern with cinnamon powder. The little brown flecks resemble rust bubbles on your tin. Do this by spraying the pail with spray adhesive and sprinkle with cinnamon powder.

Once dried coat with clear varnish.

Finish off by placing some battery lights on the inside.


  1. Marlene L Andreason says

    love the project–I just wish I knew the size of container & bowls that were used.

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