Halloween Luminarias

A nice change from the traditional luminaria where you use lunch bag weighted down with sand, place a candle inside to light the way for Trick or Treaters….Get crafty & read on. – Maryann

Make Luminarias with the kids to light up your porch for Halloween!

You Will Need:

  • Containers: Widemouth glass jars, plastic soft drink or water bottles (2-liter and smaller), milk cartons
  • Papers: Lightweight craft paper, copy paper, construction paper, paper twist, tissue paper, decorative papers and so forth
  • Ties: Raffia; orange and black ribbons
  • Light sources: Tea lights, battery-operated candles or white Christmas lights
  • Scissors, utility knife
  • Tape
  • Glue stick
  • Sand
  • Optional: plastic spiders, netting, highlighting markers … be creative!

1. Remove labels and carefully cut plastic bottles or milk cartons below the neck to a variety of heights.

2. Wrap paper around each container, so it’s even at the bottom and several inches past the top edge. Tape the back. (You can color in “eyes” with a highlighting marker for an extra-spooky effect, or fringe the top.)

3. Wrap ribbon or raffia around the bottle and tie a bow or knot; add spiders, netting or other accents.

4. Weight with sand to keep the luminarias upright and from blowing around the neighborhood.

5. Position a tea light in the center of each bottle (do not use in bottles 20 ounces and smaller), OR use a safer alternative — Christmas lights or battery-operated candles. If using Christmas lights, cut an X through the back (both paper and container) of each luminaria with a utility knife and push the bulb through.

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