Craft Cottage - Easy Paper Bag Luminaries

Skill Level:

Beginner

Crafting Time:

1-3 hours

Technique(s):

Paper Punching

Material(s):

Paper

Category:

Candles & Luminaries

Tag(s):

Nifty & Thrifty

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Easy Paper Bag Luminaries

You’ve got everything ready for your holiday gathering, but are you scratching your head for an easy outdoor decoration? These luminaries will welcome your guests with Christmas cheer before they even reach the front door. You can place them on the driveway, walkway, or the stairs leading up to your door. These glowing lanterns are made from ordinary paper lunch sacks, but no one needs to know how inexpensive they are!

Supplies & Tools:

  • Paper lunch bags
  • Assorted paper punches
  • Candles*
  • Misc. jars to put candles in
  • Bag of kitty litter (or sand)
  • Optional: glue stick

* When choosing candles, consider how long you will need for them to last. The burn time for tealights and votives vary, so check the package description when purchasing candles.

Directions:

  1. Using paper punches, cut designs in the bags.
  2. Pour some kitty litter into the bottom of each bag.
  3. When it’s almost party time, set out the luminaries. Light the candle, place it in a jar, and then nestle the jar into the litter. We recommend placing each paper bag in its desired location before you light the candles—that way you won’t be carrying fire around.
Paper Bag Luminaries: Use a paper punch that allows you to punch anywhere on the bag, such as Martha Stewart’s All Over the Page Scalloped Snowflake punch.
Use a paper punch that allows you to punch anywhere on the bag, such as Martha Stewart’s All Over the Page Scalloped Snowflake punch.
Paper Bag Luminaries: Use a snowflake punch (such as Martha Stewart Crafts Polar punch) to cut out several snowflakes from white printer paper and then glue inside the bag for a silhouette effect.
Use a snowflake punch (such as Martha Stewart Crafts Polar punch) to cut out several snowflakes from white printer paper and then glue inside the bag for a silhouette effect.
Paper Bag Luminaries: Fold the bag in half and use a 1/4 inch one-hole punch to cut out a polka dot Christmas tree.
Fold the bag in half and use a 1/4" one hole punch to cut out a polka dot Christmas tree.
Paper Bag Luminaries: Use a 1/4 inch one-hole punch to cut out dots all over the bag.
Use a 1/4" one hole punch to cut out dots all over the bag.