Halloween is nearly upon us! The clocks have gone back an hour, the nights are getting darker, and the weather is getting colder. We've celebrated Halloween before with a whole variety of crafty DIY Herdy-themed projects for ewe to try; this year, let's make a Herdy Halloween lantern!

We've created a free downloadable template PDF for you to download and print out, so you can create your own Herdy lantern for Halloween. You can also head to Herdy Freebies to find the template, as well as 10s of other nifty little freebies for you to enjoy!

You can use the template in multiple ways: as a stencil (which we'll be using in this how-to), as a printed die cut that you can paint after, or you can print it on coloured card and just cut the bits out. Use the bats included as little or as much as you like.

How to make a Herdy Halloween lantern

To make a DIY Halloween lantern, Herdy-style, you will need:

  • A print out of our template;
  • Scissors;
  • Greaseproof paper;
  • Glue;
  • Ruler;
  • Black card;
  • Pencil;
  • LED lights;
  • Cutting mat;
  • Stencil knife (ensure you have adult supervision!)

Step 1: Taking care, cut out the shapes along the cutting lines (dashed lines on the template) with a stencil knife on a cutting mat.

Step 2: With a pair of scissors, cut out the bat shapes.

Step 3: Place the cut out stencil onto some black card or thick black paper, and trace around the stencil with a pencil.

Step 4: Following the stencil, mark on the black card where your folding lines are, then connect them up.

Step 5: Continue to follow the stencil and draw out the Herdy/cobweb/tree shapes.

Step 6: Using a ruler and the stencil knife, start cutting around the outside of the black card, following the lines you've marked.

Step 7: Cut out the inner shapes with a stencil knife.

Step 8: Score lightly across the folding lines then fold.

Step 9: Take some greaseproof paper and cut out enough to cover the gap in the card with an extra 1cm spare. Then apply some glue around the edge of the gap on the inside of the card, and stick the greaseproof paper to the inside of the card, covering the gap.

Step 10: Apply some glue to the bat shapes and stick to the front of the greaseproof paper.

Step 11: Apply some glue to the outside of the folded edge, then stick to another black card cutout.

Step 12: Repeat the process of stencilling and cutting out all four sides of the lantern, then sticking them together into a cube. Then, once complete, place an LED light or two in the lantern and watch it glow...

Your turn!

Let us know how ewe get on with this Herdy Halloween lantern! Chat in the comments below, or join the flock on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email us.