20 magical easy DIY lanterns & luminaries for $1! Great decor & crafts with candles & LED string lights for fall, winter, & Christmas!
As days are getting shorter, we are extra delighted at the golden glow of a candle, or the sparkles of hanging fairy lights.
These 20 magical luminaries are really fun and easy to make, from ice to coffee cans, paper to glass! They will warm your heart and get you ready for the festive seasons!
1. DIY Orange Candles
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How to turn an orange into a candle? It’s super easy! Find out in this fun tutorial!
2. Botanical Ice Lanterns
Collect some botanical treasures and create a mini winter wonderland! It’s simple, beautiful, and free! See the tutorial here at A piece of Rainbow .
3. Epsom Salt Mason Jar Lights
Dreaming of a white winter wonderland? This genius DIY from Ginger at Ginger Snap Crafts will make your days merry and bright!
4. 3D Flower Paper Lanterns
All you need are some paper and old drinking glass to make these elegant paper lanterns. Check out the tutorial here!
5. Enchanting Mini Houses with LED tea lights
These little paper houses with LED tea light would be so charming in a table setting or as Christmas tree ornaments! Get your free template here!
6. Coffee Can Lanterns
I just love the beautiful patterns made by nailing holes into a coffee can. This will inspire you to start saving coffee cans! ( Via Design Sponge. Tutorial link no longer active)
7. Magical Ice Orbs
Taking about magical! Gabrielle at Design Mom shares how she made these with the help of balloons and a little food coloring! Incredible!
8. Grape Vine Ball Hanging Lights
One day we are going to have an old tree outside our house and this tutorial will be the first one I go to!
9. Paper Bag Hanging Light
So simple and pretty! Although tea candles were called for in this tutorial from Design Sponge, I would use LED candles.
10. Cupcake Liner Fairy Light
Even cupcake liners can be transformed to something really lovely and festive. See how to make these sweet creations at CFab Bride Signs!
11. Light in a Bottle
Instant charm from an up-cycled bottle! Use LED lights that don’t give off too much heat, and drill a hole on the bottle cap to help the heat escape. Tutorial here . As long as you hide the wire, your guests will be too busy admiring this magical bottle to notice any thing else!
12. Canvas Light Art
Fairy dust? A piece of art work that lights up, what more could we ask for? Via Apartment Therapy.
13. Printed Paper Bag LED Candle Light
Love rustic farmhouse decor? Try these LED candle lights inside brown paper bags printed with old vintage book pages, nostalgic photos and words. Via Swell Designs
14. Tissue Paper and Paper Bag Luminaries
This fun and fabulous diy by Karen at Krafty Krook will give you so many ideas of how to create your own designs with tissue paper!
15. Dollie Paper Bag Luminaries
Martha did it again! These stunning paper dollie mandala luminaries are so exotic and elegant! Also great paper crafts and decor for a wedding.
16. DIY Pyramids Paper Light
Imagine how pretty this would be made with old musical sheets? Gina shares her lovely pyramid lantern tutorial at Willowday with a template for you to download!
17. Spray Painted Glass Lanterns
Can you believe these are made from Dollar Store vases? Check out this amazing transformation at Six Sisters Stuff!
18. Plastic Bottle Boho hanging Lanterns
Actually they are made from recycled plastic bottles for Earthday at Craft and Hobby (link no longer available). I am in love with the bohemian charm derived from the spontaneous paint and details of beads!
19. DIY wax tea candle holder
These delicate “flowers” are made from wax! Check out the wonderful tutorial by super talented Gina from Willowday !
20. Wax Paper Luminaries
Can a DIY get any simpler than this?? And how gorgeous! All you need are strips of wax paper and 1 minute, really! If you have always loved DIY, but “have no time” “no skill”(NOT true)… well, try this one from Design Sponge.
Wish you an inspired weekend! Happy creating! =)