DIY Luminaries!


Hi everyone! Happy March!! It’s Shari here back with another project for you. I’ve had this idea swimming around in my head and was thrilled to finally put them together. I wanted to make a luminary with my dies… and vellum was the answer to hold everything together.

This first one uses the Woodland Tree die with some scrap paper I’ve had laying around. I really like how intricate the die is and it’s beautiful when light shines through.


I’ve  created another using Slate card stock with the Super Heart Border die, and in the back you can see a peek of the Surf Blue card stock and the Mod Window die luminary.


These are really easy to make and can be used for a dinner gathering, bridal or baby shower. The sky is the limit with all the dies and papers available.


Please Note: To keep things safe, use a battery candle rather than an actual flame. 

I’ve shot a video of the process. You can view it below or on our YouTube Channel HERE.


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I hope you find inspiration to create your own DIY Luminaries. Enjoy your day!

  1. Your luminaries are lovely. We made them years ago at a SU class but only stamped on vellum. Now with all the beautiful dies, you can create almost anything. These are really very nice. TFS!

  2. What a great idea! I always think of luminaries for winter, but they’d be so pretty for a spring time event.

  3. These are absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for the video tutorial. It always helps to see how something was made. Fabulous!

    Snoopy :D

  4. These are beautiful! I need to show this to my future daughter-in-law! And to her two future-daughters-in-law! :)

  5. These are just such a great idea and would be great little gifts to give as a thank you, or just to cheer someone up etc. The bonus being they are safe for even little kids rooms with the battery candles!! Thanks for sharing this cute and gorgeous idea!!

  6. fantastic walk-through of how to get a perfectly cylindrical luminary. Love the idea of backing the whole thing with vellum, for sturdiness as well as adding to the luminosity. Beautiful, Shari!

  7. Very nice idea. Please do use electric candles as shown. I worried when I first looked at the post because a candle that was not in glass once started a fire in our house.

  8. These are so gorgeous! I’ll have to see what kinds of dies I have that might work for this. I already have some tea lights and vellum!

  9. Oh wow! I have always liked Shari’s color palettes and these luminaries are just so cool! (or warm? haha)

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