Luminaries make gorgeous decor pieces all year round, but few things look as whimsical and holiday appropriate than the light of a Christmas themed luminary shining through the night and snow to light your way through the chill or cast a warm glow over the room. Making them yourself makes that glow particularly rewarding!
Check out these 15 gorgeously festive Christmas luminaries that you’ll love looking at all winter long.
1. Botanical ice luminaries
2. Epsom Salt Mason Jar Luminaries
We absolutely love winter crafts that involve unconventional materials and special effects. That’s part of the reason we love these adorable little snowy luminaries by
3. Dimensional flower luminaries
At first glace, these little paper cut out luminaries might look a little bit like spring time because they feature flowers. Because they’re so stark white, however, our first thought was how much they looked like winter blossoms in the snow. If you don’t like the flower idea for Christmas, simply learn the 3D cutting and folding technique from
4. Orange peel candles
When we think Christmas, we think of finding clementine oranges in the toes of our stockings as kids! In fact, the smell of oranges sometimes reminds us of the holiday season. That’s why we loved
5. Enchanted elf houses
6. Coffee can snowflake lanterns
7. Winter ice orbs
Yes, believe it or not, there’s another way to make something as awesome and unique as an ice luminary! This time, however, you’re concentrating on shape instead of decor. Rather than covering the ice luminary in leaves and berries,
8. Paper bag leaf lights
Do you like the idea of paper luminaries, but the dimensional ones are a bit too much of a challenge for your younger kids? Then try simpler cut outs in the side of little white paper bags instead! This leaf design from
9. Doily snowflake paper bag luminaries
10. Spray painted glass lanterns
White spray paint is a useful tool when it comes to Christmas and holiday crafts because, depending on how hard you press the nozzle and how far away you hold the can, you can get a good, solid white or a fine white mist of paint that looks like frost. We love the idea of playing with those textures over top of a string wrapped glass vase, removing the string after to create a clear glass pattern that your candle can glow through. See how it’s done on
11. Wax luminaries
Perhaps you love the look of the ice luminaries but you’re really looking for something that will last a little bit longer? Then check out this wax luminary idea that only looks like ice! We love the way
12. Wax paper luminaries
Do you like the white, layered look of the wax luminary above but you don’t currently have any wax to work with and your crafted decor just can’t wait? Then follow in
13. Evergreen candle glass
Have you had trouble getting the idea of crafting with actual leaves and plants out of your head since the very first option we wrote about with the ice and cranberries? Well, just in case you like the plant element but don’t want to work with ice, here’s another option!
14. Cinnamon stick votive
When you burn candles, is part of the emphasis for you always how the candle will smell? Well, most luminaries (except for the orange peel one we talked about earlier) won’t actually have a smell unless you use a scented tealight, but
15. Snowy pine cone luminaries
Do you like the idea of snowy luminaries but you don’t have Epsom salts right now to create that frosted look we talked about earlier? You can still make a lovely fallen snow effect inside a mason jar, just like
Do you know someone who’s been trying to choose decor for their holiday party and just can’t seem to decide on a centre piece or walkway embellishment? Share this post with them to help them feel more inspired when it comes to creating a warm glow!