Marbled Tin Can Luminaries for Summer Evenings

Are you opening any cans for dinner tonight? Hang on to those babies! Amanda from Dwelling in Happiness turned hers into a set of colorful marbled luminaries that look amazing when the sun goes down! (Actually, they look amazing when the sun it up, too.) She’s sharing her project at Juggling Act Mama and says, “These luminaries are perfect for hanging around the patio, lit up along stairs, or sitting on outdoor tables.”

tin-cans-suppliesAfter washing and drying her tin cans, Amanda spray painted them white. She added different shades of nail polish into a container of water, then dipped her cans in the water until they grabbed up all the polish. She used a hammer and nails to create holes in the sides of the dry cans for the light to shine through, then attached a loop of wire for hanging. Amanda added a tea light candle to each one and is now ready to throw some fabulous outdoor parties!

marbled-soup-can-luminariesSee the complete tutorial at Juggling Act Mama.

Pretty Winter Luminaries from Mason Jars

Everyone has an empty mason jar or two on their shelves, right?  Well, here’s a way to use those jars to create some winter decor.  Amy shares it with us at Her Toolbox.


To make her luminaries, Amy made some simple stencils out of painters tape, creating simple winter shapes.  She sprayed the jars with frosted glass paint, and used Elmer’s glue and epson salts to paint on more dimensional   shapes on the jar.  A little rosemary garnish is a good substitute for winter evergreens.  Imagine how pretty these look in the candlelight!


Get all the details on this project at Her Toolbox.

Pretty Pool Noodle Luminaries

Chances are, if you’ve got kids and pool access, you’ve also got pool noodles.  Over at Create. Craft. Love.
, Jill has discovered all kinds of neat ways to reuse pool noodles.  Her latest idea is perfect for nighttime yard decor:  pool noodle luminaries!pool-noodles

To make these, Jill sliced up several pool noodles.  The hollow core inside is just the right size for holding battery operated votive candles nice and snug.  To protect those electric candles so they’d stay bright while floating in the water, Jill wrapped them in basic plastic wrap, just like you have in your kitchen drawer.  I bet these look awesome floating in the pool at night!


Click over to Create. Craft. Love to read more about this fun pool noodle craft.

Baby Food Jar Advent Luminaries

Advent calendars have been a fun Christmas tradition for Taryn, of Design, Dining + Diapers, since she was a small child.  Now with children of her own, Taryn has plenty of baby food jars in need of recycling.  She’s put them to good use for counting down the days until Christmas.

Taryn etched numbers onto 25 jars and put tea lights into the baby food jars.  Now, a new candle can be lit each night before Christmas.  These petite luminaries make a darling advent calendar.  I love the symbolism and ambiance of candlelight at Christmas, and the cute little jars make this advent calendar absolutely adorable.

Taryn has a detailed tutorial for this project at Design, Dining + Diapers.