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DIY: Pumpkin Lights Without the Plastic

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DIY: Pumpkin Lights Without the Plastic

October 27, 2016

We’re charmed by these Japanese lantern string lights by Juliane Solvång, the artist behind Notes from Björkåsa. Made with the papery orange husks of Physalis alkekengi, they’re perfect for those who (like us!) prefer a more natural approach to Halloween and autumnal decor.

Read on for Juliane’s easy instructions:

Photography by Juliane Solvång.

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Above: Pumpkin lights without the plastic.

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Above: All you need for this project are fresh Japanese lantern husks (Physalis alkekengi), string lights, and scissors.

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Above: Juliane cuts a small hole (about the size of each light’s circumference) in the end of the fresh lanterns and gently removes the seed. She then leaves the husks to dry for a day or two.

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Above: After the husks are dry, Juliane simply inserts each light into its own husk. If the hole is too large, she will add a bit of glue to secure the husk.

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Above:  Drape your finished lanterns anywhere. Though they’re perfect for Halloween, Juliane’s festive lantern lights will add cheer throughout the holiday season.

For more garden-inspired Halloween decor, see:

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