I had planned on sharing this little project with you yesterday but we had hay down (5 different fields worth) and a forecast for rain today.... Soooooo I spent all day yesterday helping dh bale hay. We ended up working on it until 7:45 and got it all done!! FINALLY ~ the last hay of the year. When we got home I was too pooped to pop so I cheated and we had DQ for supper. By the time we were finished I was ready for bed!
Anyway, here it is...
(for battery operated candles)
Mini Luminary Template
Pattern Paper (single sided, thin paper)
Deco Scissors, Edge Punch, etc (optional)
Exacto Knife (optional)
Battery Operated Candle
Mini Luminary Template -
This fits on an 8 1/5" x 11" piece of paper so you could actually print it out on your pattern paper or if you prefer to print it on heavy cardstock to make a single template to trace each time. Either works great!
1. Trace or print luminary template onto pattern paper* and cut out.
*Note: The reason I use pattern paper for this luminary is that pattern paper is usually thinner than cardstock so it lets the light shine through and it highlights the pattern on the paper.
2. Using a bone folder crease all of the fold lines.
3. Fold each area that you creased with the bone folder...
4. (optional) You may at this time add a bit of extra to your luminary at this time. You could use a variety of edge punches, deco scissors, etc. to create a nice top edge on your luminary. You may also choose to cut out a variety of designs for the bag front and back to let a bit extra light shine through. Some ideas include ~ jack-o-lantern faces, witches, moon, stars, pumpkins, candy corn, etc. But of course this is totally optional you could use the luminary as is.
5. Apply a bit of adhesive to the 4 small flaps and begin assembling the bag by first adhering the two small sides of the bag to the 2 smallest flaps as shown:
6. Finish adhering the last side of the bag and you're done! Your bag is ready for the battery operated candle!
Here are a couple more examples.
((You'll have to forgive the nasty edges on my cut-outs. SOMEONE...has decided to use my exacto knife to modify his model parts. It's dull as a butter knife and I'm out of new blades!))
Finished size: 3" x 1 1/2" x 4" high.
You could use this little bag as a treat bag as well! Cut the bag from cardstock, add a couple bits of fiber, ribbon or raffia for handles to each side and you're set to go. You could also cut out a pattern in the side and cover it with acetate on the inside so the treats will show through!
So there you go a fun and quick little addition to your Halloween decor!!
Have a happy haunted night ;)