(Closed) Has anyone made DIY luminaries?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
46383 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I did lumiarias for a Christmas party. We lined the edges of the walkway with translucent white gift bags. They were a form of plastic so the dampness would not ruin them.

We used a paper punch to punch a snowflake design around the top edges.

We placed about a cup of sand in each to add some weight and put one battery operated tea light in each.

They were a beautiful addition to our winter wonderland theme.

Post # 4
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I made them for our September wedding (based on the Martha Stewart lace ones).  It was super easy…I bought ivory bags online and the large lace doilies (the gold foil ones are the ones recommended to use).  I cut the doilies down to the size of the bags (I used two different sized bags and mixed up the doily patterns and sizes) and glued them inside the bags (allow an hour to dry) and also used a Martha Stewart punch to scallop edge the bags. 

We had a wedding vendor provide battery powered candles (2 per bag) and sand.  They lined the patio that was connected/part of our reception room.  I was bummed our photographer never got a shot of them lit! 

The esty ones are super cute, but yikes on the price tag! 

Post # 5
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

our luminaries are going to be carved pumpkins =)

Post # 6
2889 posts
Sugar bee

You can do these with simple paper bags (the lunch size), sand and tea lights. We used to use them for sorority events in college because they were cheap, simple and useful on the beach at night. We never even made cut outs and they looked good with the light coming out of the top.

Post # 7
3 posts

@kbp2009: This is my version of a photo luminaria…created for my inlaw’s 50th Anniversary event. Photos printed on Velum, sandwiched between two mat boards. “Hinged” together with black masking tape (Dick Blick Art Supplies). Adhesive used was the adhesive ‘dots’ found with scrapbooking supplies. Battery operated flameless candle works best for these heat-sensitive materials.

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Post # 8
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

here in new mexico luminarias are what we use for christmas so they are a staple here and super easy to make. the ones on etsy are just a lunch sack with a letter cut out using a stamp template and you fill the bottom with a little sand and plaxe a tealight!!!!!!

in santa fe nm

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