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DIY Luminaries

Check out a pair of small-effort, big-impact luminary projects. Tuck groups of three or four in a snowdrift for a glowing cluster, or let them shed a little light along walkways.

Canister luminary

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials

Canister luminary

  • 24"x36" aluminum sheet (#42142)
  • Anchor wire floral wire (#81999)
  • Holiday Living 100-count clear string lights (#165137)

Paint can luminary

  • Valspar 1-quart empty paint can (#27318)
  • Gemmy white balls mini light string (#330058)

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Canister Luminary

Step 1

Form a canister out of an aluminum sheet by attaching the ends with floral wire.

Step 2

Then fill with clear mini lights.

Paint Can Luminary

Step 1

Simply fill a paint can with pinecones and white bulbs, then let it shine!