When the holidays roll around many neighborhoods and parks put out luminaries as a festive way to line and light the streets. Some people use them for trick-or-treaters so that they can safely walk up the steps to ring the doorbell. Others use them to light pathways through the yard during evening parties or events. The definition of luminary, as it’s being used in this article, means “body of light,” leaving a lot of room for creative interpretation when you’re making your own. Luminaries can be made from glass, paper bags, tin cans, plastic and even ice, and with the help of these 15 blogs you’ll be on your way to making your own unique luminaries in no time.
The Glitter of Glass
It’s easy to assemble glass luminaries, and because you have the weight of the glass to hold it in place, using sand becomes unnecessary. The glass also prevents candles from being extinguished by the wind, and eliminates any concern about the luminary catching on fire. For ideas on how to create various glass luminaries, take a look at these five blog posts.
- Epsom Salt Luminaries: Some Winter Beauty Check out how simple it is to create these sparkly luminaries.
- DIY Tissue Covered Luminaries You can turn a clear glass vase into an elegant luminary with the help of this blog.
- Easy DIY Patriotic Luminaries Try these twine wrapped luminaries for your next patriotic party.
- Make Beachy Mason Jar Luminaries These painted luminaries are topped with burlap to give them a rustic beachy look.
- Faux Stained Glass DIY Mason Jar Luminary Create a stained glass design using tissue paper cut into small shapes for your next luminary project.
Paper luminaries are the most common type, largely because they’re easy to assemble and can be made with basic items like lunch sacks, vellum or laminated paper. It’s important to take extra precautions when using paper bags and real candles because there is a fire risk, or you can skip the candles altogether and replace them with battery operated tea lights. You’ll also need sand for paper luminaries to stabilize the candle and prevent the bags from blowing over in the wind. Learn more about making luminaries out of paper in these five blogs.
- Witches’ Brew Luminary Garland Who says luminaries have to have real candles and need to be used to line your sidewalk? These paper luminaries use battery operated tea lights and hang on a ribbon inside.
- Photo & Quote Paper Bag Wedding Luminaries Learn tricks on how to print photos and other quotes right onto your paper bag to create a unique luminary with the help of this post.
- Paper Bag Luminaries Create these paper bag luminaries by cutting a spooky shape out of your paper bag and then using battery operated tea lights for the light inside.
- DIY: How to Make a Personalized Luminary from Translucent Paper Read how to create this paper sleeve that will fit over a votive candle.
- Learn How to Make Translucent Table Luminaries with Ease Print out a design on vellum and then use glue dots to roll it into a tube that will sit over a votive candle or battery operated tea light.
If you are looking for something different and inexpensive for your luminaries, try using recycled tin cans or ice if it’s cold enough for ice to stay frozen. These five blogs explore unusual luminary ideas that you can consider for your next gathering.
- Paper House Luminaries and Mobile This mobile uses modified paper sacks turned into houses to make incredible luminaries.
- Luminaries for All + Free Pattern Printables Try these low cost luminaries using upcycled tin cans that have been punched with a pattern.
- Party Paper Lantern, Luminary Made from Recycled 12 Pack Soda Carton While somewhat time consuming, these luminaries add a touch of elegance to any party and can be used more than once.
- How To: Make Halloween Luminaries from Empty CD Cases Two CD cases are needed for each luminary. Create your design on the plastic and then attach the cases together and place them over a votive candle.
- DIY: Ice Luminaries Freeze some water in balloons to create the base for your luminary. Read more about how to add the light or candle to the ice globe on this blog post.