Friday, December 7, 2012

Celebrate at Tutorial Time

Happy Friday!!  Still no computer so
 a bit of a struggle to get this post done but here it is...
Luminaries are a great way to welcome friends and family to your home.I have created a How to Tutorial for three different types. Here in the desert Southwest luminaries are a common sight during the holidays.

The first one is made with a paperbag using the Snowman image from the Holly Jolly Greetings  found at Marks Finest Papers a Heinrich Co.White paperbags are pretty sheer and lots of light shows thru.  You can find the tutorial Here with more details for each one.
One thing I want to warn you about, even small breezes can cause paperbags to catch fire. To be safe I now put all my candles in a jar inside the bag to prevent that problem.

The Second one is made from a oatmeal container This one is different as the light does not show thru like the bag. Red felt covers the container for the background and star cut outs allow the light to show thru. The cute little Santa images are also from the Holly Jolly Greetings. 

Now I wanted to show you that luminaries are not just for the Christmas Holidays. 
I use them year round when I have guests. They are fun because they can be
 used with any theme. I like the festive air and how inviting they are.
I love to go and do as much as anyone, But I don't think we really take
 time to welcome people to our homes and spend quality time together these days.
 I love to entertain and I want people to know when they are invited to my home to
 break bread it is a special time.Nothing takes the place of fellowshipping with family
 and friends. You know just by just adding a few decorations you can really
 make your guests feel special. I  make a theme decorated menu board so the guests
 know what they will be eating. I have made luminaries for Thanksgiving,
 Christmas, New Years, Fourth of July, Mexican, Italian, Vintage Girly Tea Parties,
Friends night and even for a Garden Luncheon.
This one I created for an Italian Theme.
 Given a choice I always buy food in glass containers so I have lots of jars to use.
 First you will need to determine the diameter of your jar then you can
 make a jacket to fit over it to create the luminaria. As you can see this is a simple use
 of the Italian theme. You can  do elaborate or simple but remember if you are using it
at night the little details do not show as well. My cute little Chef comes from the 
Celebrate Big Set.

Hope this tutorial will inspire you to make some Luminarias to welcome you next dinner guests!


Shannon White said...

Oh Wow Miss Davi! These are Fabulous luminaries'! Love them all, Especially the Sweet Santa one! Just makes me smile! 8-)


Ros Crawford said...

These are fabulous ... what a clever idea to use those jars and paper bags ... Thanks for the inspiration!

Mary Marsh said...

super cute luminaries Davi-I like all of them but the Italian chefs caught my eye

Karin said...

they are beautiful! and what a great idea! Have a nice weekend!greetings karin

Lisa said...

Oh wow, these are so fabulous!! And an awesome tip about using a jar inside!! Love, love these!! Have a great weekend :)

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Mona Pendleton said...

Oh my Davi! What beautiful luminarias! Hope you have a great weekend!

Tammy said...

WOW Davi these are awesome! I love the Santa one with the fabulous stars!! Too cute! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend my friend!
Hugs, Tammy

Ravengirl said...

These are really beautiful! I love the star cut outs in the oatmeal container that let the light out!

Unknown said...

These look amazing Davi.. I love luminaries. I have some Halloween ones I made years ago and still use them.. So sorry to hear your computer is still down.. I do hope its up and running soon.


Lagene said...

Thanks so much for this week's tutorial at TT on STV!! I love all your luminarias!

Anonymous said...

Oh how creative these Lumiere are!! I love your designs and such a perfect time of year for these!! TFS! HUGS :) said...

Such gorgeous luminaries!! The glass jar is a great idea!! ~ Blessings, Tracey