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Friday, November 13, 2009

Luminary Weekend Project

WOW, this was a very fun and impressive "Weekend Project!" And get this, it won't take you the weekend to make it!

I got the instructions at SplitCoastStampers but I will tell you them here as well. But be sure to check out their website to see what was made using these measurements!

You start out with a piece of 5-1/2" x 10-3/8" piece of decorative paper. I found a piece of my most favorite decorative paper of all times. It's the snowflake paper from the Stampin' Up! "Four Seasons" pack. I hoarded this paper. I was saving it. For what?? I don't know. I do that SO much and now I have a room full of saved decorative paper. It's time to start using it. I know I will be using it a lot after Christmas using my new toy!!! I'm not telling you what it is but I am SO excited to play with it!! I do need to get it wrapped up so I can quit looking at it and having it tempt me! I mean, hubby is at work after all. He would never know if I played with it or not. But I turn my head away and try to forget it's there. If I wrap it I'm sure not to be tempted!! Better get a move on that endeavor and SOON!! LOL

Ok, after I cut the paper it was scored on the long side at 2-1/2", 5", 7-1/2" and 10". Turn
the paper to the shorter side and score at 1-1/2"

Fold all the score lines in. The 1-1/2" scored part is the bottom of the box. You will be cutting those score lines 1-1/2" up to meet that score line. When you are done cutting you will see that little rectangle that is 1-1/2" x 3/8" cut it off, you don't need it.

I used the Red Line tape to hold the Luminary together. Plus I liked it that I could add my tape and have it be ready for me to remove the protective backing than to just tape away and have to be careful not to touch it. When folding your box together you want to have the front be the part that is the furthest from the side seams. And you also want to have that front bottom flap fold back to give a rounded edge to the front and not a raw edge. Seeing this folded in you will know where to add the tape on the bottom. I went a bit crazy and added tape on all of the bottom flap pieces and I had to cut a piece of decorative paper and stick it on the bottom. The problem was solved and it does look just fine there. SO something like that can be easily fixed (if you have enough decorative paper left. Or you can always add a piece of felt to the bottom, that is totally acceptable too!

Once I got all the tape on I moved on to the vellum openings. You will need to cut the holes in your Luminary. I used an oval Nestability but you can use any form of oval cutter you have, including tracing an oval and cutting it out by hand. Next you will four pieces of vellum cut at 2-3/8" x 3-7/8". You can tape them in place now or you can stamp on them, color them and then tape them in place.

Now you can tape the box together and decorate as desired. I used the snowman from the Stampin' Up Hostess set "Snow Buddies". The snowflake is punched out using the Stampin' Up! "Snowflake" punch. I added a rhinestone to the center. I just taped them all in place with regular Snail tape. Inside mine is a battery operated tea light candle. I'm too chicken to add a real lit candle in a paper candle holder. I don't throw caution to the wind like that!! Besides I'm one to leave the room with the candle burning. I like to have a room to come back to and when these battery operated candles came out I couldn't wait to buy them!

All in all it was a pretty quick project to do. What took the longest for me was coloring and cutting out the snowman. The rest of it was quick and VERY easy!

Have fun making them. I'd LOVE to see what yours looks like and I'd be happy to post it here too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,


lisa808 said...

Your luminary looks so cute. Please don't put a real candle in it (I am terrified of fire!). The battery tea lights work great.

Unknown said...

Wanda, this is so stinkin' cute, I need to get some of them made. I am good at paper hoarding also;)

I know what your new toy is, but I won't tell;)

Have a great day!