Luminaries are beautiful! You can make them easily out of paper bags or tin cans. For the outdoors, fill a brown paper lunch bag half way with sand and place a small votive in the sand.
Voila! I think it would be best if you used some sort of flame retardant on the bag first even if the typical craft how-to's don't include that step. As far as I know linseed oil is a natural flame retardant. It is added to the mix of papier-mache/concrete used as insulation in "green" buildings.
luminaries made from wire mesh
jingle bells, jingle bells…jingle all the way
I think I might try that myself this winter. Because I live in an area that tends to be windy in the winter, I'm going to muse on the idea of using dollar store mini flashlights inserted in something to create a safer luminary.
Making Festive Tin Can Luminaries
Add some sparkle to your Christmas festivities by making luminaries. Hang them in trees or line walkways and decks to set a party atmosphere.
1. Rinse your tin cans out and remove the label.
A more expensive luminary can be made from handpressed or exotic papers you fashion into a paper bag yourself (but you'd really have to have a bit of money you don't mind throwing away). I saw some wonderful luminaries made from white vellum bags filled with salt instead of sand. I think I might try that myself this winter.
I really like the idea of burning a candle for someone in particular. Can you imagine a message of hope lighting your front walkway in the “peace toward all” season? Your neighbours will bless you for the smile and good feelings in engenders.
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