How to: Candle Luminaries
by All Things Paper Follow

The new book All Things Paper - 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers is filled with in-depth tutorials for creating beautiful, stylish, and useful objects from simple paper. You'll find ideas for home decor, fashion accessories, jewelry, and correspondence, and can learn new skills such as book binding, screen printing, box making, stitching on paper, and even crocheting with paper.

These radiant candle luminaries were created by Kristen Magee and are perhaps the easiest project in the book, perfect for those who are looking for a decorative diy that can be made with common paper crafting supplies. 

As Kristen says in the book: Pretty paper luminaries are a very easy and inexpensive way to add a little pizzazz to your table for a special occasion or just because. Make a few to complement other decorative accessories, or make many and group them together to create a glowing tablescape.



  • Supplies and Tools

    Small glass or cylinder vase

    White copy paper


    Measuring Tape


    Decorative edge scissors (scallops and clouds) and/or pinking shears

    Hole punches - a variety of sizes

    Tape runner or double-sided tape

    Tealight candle or battery operated tealight

    Paper trimmer - optional

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  • Step 1

    Measure the circumference and height of the container with a measuring tape. Add approximately 1/2 inch (13 mm) to the circumference so there will be enough paper to overlap when it is wrapped around the container.

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  • Step 2

    Use a pencil to mark the length and width on a piece of copy paper. Draw corresponding lines with the aid of a ruler. Use scissors or a paper trimmer to cut the paper.

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  • Step 3

    Cut along one edge of the paper with decorative edge scissors or pinking shears. Be sure to stay as close to the edge as possible, using it as a cutting guide.

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  • Step 4

    Pierce a hole with a small hole punch in the center of each scallop or pinked V. It may be helpful to dot the centers with a pencil before using the punch. This allows for more precise placement.

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  • Step 5

    Use a larger punch to make a row of evenly spaced holes along the bottom edge of the paper.

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  • Step 6

    Apply a strip of double-sided tape to one end of the paper. Wrap the paper snugly around the container, overlapping the ends. Try different papers—vellum, parchment, or tissue—for a variety of looks.

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Discussion 2

  • vvonder commented 8 years ago

    This is such a great idea.. infinite numbers of variations! 

    All Things Paper replied 8 years ago

    Yes, so many possibilities! Thanks for commenting.


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