Festive DIY Luminarias

Looking to illuminate your home with a little extra sparkle this season? These fun and festive DIY luminarias will add the perfect pizzaz inside or out. We’ll show you how to take some basic brown paper bags {the ones you’re not using for school lunches this holiday} and transform them into some mind-blowing little holiday lanterns.

Supplies: scissors, writing utensil, glue stick, ruler, x-acto knife, brown paper bags, wax paper, scrap cardboard (to use as a cutting board), tea lights (we used LED ones from Michael’s for safety).

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Step 1: Using a ruler and a pen/pencil, measure out a medium sized window on one side of the bag. Our window is approximately 3.5″ x 4″ and sits slightly below center. Hint: Draw the window on the side without the seam.

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Step 2: Cut down the scrap cardboard if necessary and slip inside the bag. Use a ruler and an x-acto knife to carefully cut out the window. (Only adults should handle x-acto knife.)

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Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for as many bags as you like. Then cut out wax paper rectangles slightly larger than the size of your windows. These can be rough.  lumina_4

Step 4: Run a glue stick around the edges of your wax paper cut-out. Then carefully tuck inside the window and use your fingers to secure around the edges. This step can be a bit tricky but you’ll get the hang of it once you do a couple of bags. lumina_5

Step 5: Grab the kids because you made it to the fun part…no more knifes involved. Take the brown paper rectangles you carefully cut out earlier and sketch your favorite winter/holiday shapes. Keep them simple so you can easily cut them out with scissors. You can even fold up the rectangles to cut out snowflakes.

lumina_6 Step 6: Glue your seasonal cut-outs to the wax paper window using the glue stick. In daylight, these lanterns might be easy to miss, BUT when the sun goes down and the tea lights turn on…lumina_7…prepare to be amazed at yourself. {Note: if you live in Arizona, it’s totally okay to include a cactus in your winter menagerie. Clearly a cactus symbolizes all four seasons here}.

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