Depending on your own artistic ability, they can be as colorful and decorative as you want. Even the simplest design is festive.
Skill Level: No experience necessary
Crafting Time: 1 to 2 hours
Supplies and Tools
White computer paper
Computer and printer
Square, Tall and rectangular glass containers
Enamel paint: red, green and white
Flameless or wax candles
Create templates using a black marker to draw snowflakes and other decorative holiday motifs on paper or use Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Hand Painted Holiday Luminaries to create the luminaries shown above. Cut the templates to fit inside the desired glass containers.
Tape templates securely to the inside of glass container with design facing out. This will act as a guide when painting.
Using enamel paint colors, paint over template designs on glass surface. Create snowflakes, trees, words, deer, etc. It may take several coats of paint to attain desired coverage. Let paint dry between coats.
When finished, let the painted design dry completely. Remove templates from the inside of containers. Fill the container with flameless or wax candles to display. Note: If using wax candles, do not leave burning candles unattended.
Instructions & templates courtesy Jo-An Fabric & Craft Stores via Family Features
Candles at Table Place Setting
The luminaries can be place on the mantle, windowsill, as a holiday decoration on a table – but small ones at each place setting is gorgeous and can be a gift for guests.
Don’t want to paint your luminaries? Use craft decals!
There is one street where someone – maybe everyone – sets out paper bags with flameless candles in them every few feet along the street. It is so simple, yet so heartwarming. (I always tell my husband that I’d like to move to that street!)
Aren’t the luminaries gorgeous? They also make great hostess gifts when you visit family and friends this holiday season.