how_to_make_candle_luminariesI had planned on posting a handmade Christmas gift tutorial every week in December, but as usual, life got in the way of blogging. I spent all of Sunday frantically making candles and soap for Christmas gifts at the last minute, which means that I’ll be posting the soap and candle tutorials at the last minute too. Sigh. But the good news is that these are two easy projects–well, this particular project is easy if you don’t try to make your own candles like I did. So if you’re in a time crunch, just make the candle holders and buy the candles!

These candle luminaries make great gifts–they’re a beautiful addition to your holiday decorations, but they work year-round too. Just be sure to choose paper that’s fairly thin to get the whole luminary effect. (I think fabric would work too–if you try it, let me know!)

What you’ll need:

  • Candles in clear glass holders (make your own or buy votive candles & separate holders)
  • Mod Podge
  • Tape Measure, Paint Brush, Scissors, and Ruler


cut_paperMeasure the height and circumference of your candle holders with the tape measure. Add 1/4 inch to the circumference.

Using these measurements, cut the paper for the luminary cover. Use a ruler or some other kind of straight edge to ensure an even cut.

paint_gluePaint the Mod Podge directly onto the glass candle holders with your paint brush. Make sure the entire holder is covered, particularly the edges.

glue_overlapCarefully wrap the paper around the candle holder, brushing additional glue on the 1/4 inch overlap to seal. Press out any bubbles or wrinkles.

Allow several hours to dry. Trim any excess paper from edges if necessary.

finished_luminariesAdmire your handiwork. Aren’t you impressed with yourself?

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