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Metal Mesh Christmas Luminaries

Make Christmas lights sparkle even more by bundling them inside these metal luminaries. Decorate your porch, deck or patio with an assortment of lights in different colors and sizes.

Perforated metal cylinders with string lights inside in front of greenery at dusk.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Tin snips
  • Wire cutters
  • Leather work gloves


  • 24-in x 36-in Union Jack-pattern aluminum sheet, #42142
  • 24-in x 36-in cloverleaf-pattern aluminum sheet, #103626
  • 24-in x 36-in aluminum sheet with woven cane design, #103624
  • 4-in cable ties, #76328
  • Light strings of your choice

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Step 1

Wrap the aluminum sheet in a cylinder to the diameter you want or use full size for a 36-inch-tall luminary. (The ones shown use pieces 24 inches wide used full size or cut to various heights.) Mark 1 inch past where the edges intersect and cut the sheet to size, if necessary. You can also shorten the height as desired.

Good to Know

Cut metal edges can be sharp. Protect your hands with leather work gloves and use eye protection as needed.

Step 2

Form the sheet into a cylinder again and pull together the edges for a 1-inch overlap. Loop a cable tie through the pattern at the top, pull it tight to hold the ends in place and clip off the excess tie. Continue adding ties spaced 4 inches apart or close enough to keep the metal from puckering.

Good to Know

For variety, experiment by spray-painting the cylinders different metallic colors.

Step 3

Loosely bundle a string of Christmas lights and insert them inside the cylinder with the plug at the bottom. Attach an extension cord as needed to illuminate the cylinder.

Good to Know

Follow the instructions for your string lights before connecting them to a power source.

Step 4

If you need to create a space at the bottom for the extension cord, cut a 1-inch slit in the bottom edge at the back of the cylinder. Fold the metal out to form a triangular opening and check that there are no sharp edges that could damage the cord. Arrange the luminaries as desired.

Shop Lowe’s to round out your holiday decorations:

Outdoor Christmas lights 

Outdoor Christmas decorations 

Christmas ornaments


Explore more holiday decorating ideas:

Christmas Luminary Ideas

Holiday Lighting Ideas

DIY Christmas Decorations