Light Up the Night With Luminaria

There are so many wonderful ways to integrate paper with incandescent lighting. Paper is often a perfect and simple solution for softening the glare of a bulb. These luminaria are suitable both indoors and out. Use them to line a walkway, provide the focal point for a centerpiece, or add ambience to mantel decorations.

Use paper that is sturdy, translucent, and decorativeóthis is the perfect project to show it off. If you want to use a fragile paper that will not stand on its own, line the paper with styrene to add structural support.

1/4-inch double-sided tape or white glue
13- x 8-inch paper (grain must run in the 8-inch direction
4-inch diameter, battery-operated utility light<ol>

<li>1. Apply a strip of double-sided tape to the wrong side of one of the paper’s short edges.
<li>2. Remove the protective strip on the tape and place the bottom edge of the paper (the untaped side) on the edge of a utility light, making sure that the tape on the opposite side is facing in toward the light.
<li>3. Wrap the paper around the light until it fits snugly. Carefully attach the tape to the other edge of the paper.
<li>4. Repeat steps 1 and 3 to make more luminaria.
<li>5. Arrange the lights, turn them on, and slip the shades over the lights. Remember to turn the lights off after you are done using them.
<li>6. Optional: You could place two or three small pieces of tape on the rim to secure the luminaria in place. However, you will have to reach all the way inside the shade to turn the light on.

Adapted from Paper Illuminated by Helen Hiebert (Storey Books, 2001).


Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

So nice,thanks for sharing

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Besides being eco-friendly, it's for peace as well

aj E.
aj E4 years ago

very pretty.

Tim C.
Tim C5 years ago


KS Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks Annie.

Sheila VO
Sheila VO9 years ago

See environmental sustainablility of hemp versus wood fiber for paper products:
Hemp is also an environmentally friendly cloth fiber.

Sheila VO
Sheila VO9 years ago

use hemp paper

KT Bray
KT Bray9 years ago

No one said it had to be virgin or even new paper. One can use lots of things twice (or more) and no one, but the Earth would be the wiser.

Paul A.
Paul A9 years ago

But do we really want to sacrifice trees for decorations? Paper is made from the killing of and processing of a once living tree that made oxygen and removed carbon's from the air.