Minecraft Lanterns

A lantern emits lights so you can see in the dark or underwater. Other light emitting blocks include the sea lantern which works underwater, glowstone, redstone lamps, beacons and conduit.

Learn how to make a Lantern, Sea Lantern, Jack O’Lantern and Soul Lantern in easy to follow steps below.


A regular lantern is easy to craft and requires 8 iron nuggets and one torch.

How to Make a Lantern in Minecraft

  1. Step 1 – Gather Resources

    Gather 8 iron nuggets and 1 torch (2 wood planks and 1 coal)

  2. Step 2 – Create Lantern on Crafting Table

    Place a torch in the center of the crafting table surrounded by eight iron nuggets as shown below. minecraft lantern recipe iron nuggets and torch

25 Creative Ways to Build with Lanterns

Sea Lantern

Sea Lanterns are underwater light sources that appear in ruins and monuments underwater.

sea lantern in underwater ruin

A sea lantern is crafted from 4 Prismarine Shards and 5 Prismarine Crystals. A sea lantern can also be obtained by mining or breaking a sea lantern with a Silk Touch enchanted tool.

Sea Lantern Recipe

sea lantern recipe prismarine shards and prismarine crystals

Using a Sea Lantern

Sea Lanterns provide a level 15 light source underwater. Sea lanterns can also activate or power conduit to create a bonus effect to mining speed, visibility and underwater breathing.

Jack O’Lantern

jack o'lantern block

Jack O’Lantern Recipe

Making a Jack o’lantern in Minecraft takes several steps.

  1. Find a pumpkin. Pumpkins spawn in most biomes.
  2. Carve the pumpkins with Shears.
  3. Craft a Jack O’lantern with a carved pumpkin and torch.
jack o'lantern recipe torch and carved pumpkin

Soul Lantern

soul lantern on chain

A soul lantern is crafted from a soul torch and 8 iron nuggets. A soul lantern can only be crafted after you have traveled to the nether because the needed soul torch requires either soul sand or soul soil to craft which is only found in the Nether.

Soul Lantern Recipe

soul lantern recipe with soul torch and iron nuggets

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