Simple DIY Luminaries

Easy Luminaries You Can Make in a Weekend @Remodelaholic #lights

There’s something about a twinkling light in the winter that is just magical — Christmas lights, starlight, candles, luminaries. Even the faintest glow just feels cheery and welcoming on a cold, dark night! Of course, you can add ambiance any time, to any occasion, with a set of little luminaries. Try one of these that we love!

Remember to be smart — use battery-operated LED lights, or if you use an open flame — NEVER leave it unattended!

Easy DIY Luminaries

We just shared these easy paper house luminaries during out 12 Days of Handmade Christmas, courtesy of Ananda over at A Piece of Rainbow

paper house luminary free patterns - A Piece of Rainbow on @Remodelaholic

plus Ananda has another set over on her site, too! Perfect for a little (or large!) luminary village.

paper house luminaries - A Piece of Rainbow via @Remodelaholic

And since paper is an inexpensive supply and easy to come by — why not make a papercut star lantern? Hang it, set it on a mantel or shelf, or set it in the window! Me and My DIY has the template plus different designs for you to try.

cut paper star lantern luminary - Me and My DIY via @Remodelaholic

Craftberry Bush shows you how to transform plain paper into faux birch bark to make these lovely lanterns!

faux birch bark luminaries DIY - Craftberry Bush via @Remodelaholic

Or you can use a craft knife (or an electronic cutting machine like a Cricut) with these templates from A Piece of Rainbow to make a lovely statement, any time of year!

easy papercut floral luminaries - A Piece of Rainbow via @Remodelaholic

Keep it suuuuper simple and wrap translucent paper and ribbon around a glass pillar filled with holiday lights! (via Martha Stewart)

easy twinkling vase luminaries - Martha Stewart via @Remodelaholic

Looking for something even simpler? Okay, just use a battery-operated paper lantern to dress up a table centerpiece or shelf: (via Weddbook)

paper lantern centerpiece via @Remodelaholic

Or you can pick up glass globe light fixtures at the hardware store (or the thrift store!) — just toss a string of lights inside and you’re all set! (from Home Depot)

globe light winter luminaries by The Home Depot via @Remodelaholic

Pressed flowers and leaves are a lovely way to remember vacations or even just seasons past — press them between wax paper sheets to make your own floral luminary! (instructions from Mother Earth Living)

pressed flower luminary - Mother Earth Living via @Remodelaholic

Take advantage of the frozen winter and make some ice luminaries to decorate your walkway or porch!

These from One Little Project are so easy it’s ridiculous!

easy ice luminary balls - One Little Project via @Remodelaholic

And I love the leaves and berries in these ice luminaries over at A Piece of Rainbow.

diy ice and berries luminary - A Piece of Rainbow via @Remodelaholic

So, which kind of sparkle will you add to your winter decor?

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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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  1. Can you tell me where to get the battery operated paper lanterns used in your wedding picture above in the and what size are they? I am decorating for my niece’s wedding in December and would like to use this idea.

    Thank you


  2. I really would LOVE to make the luminary with the battery operated lantern and the silk roses on top for my wedding. It’s beautiful but the link to weddbook, where I would guess the directions are, does not work. Can you please help me with directions? Thank you so much!