This project was inspired by the beautiful luminaries that spring up in downtown San Antonio during the holiday season. Traditional luminarias are paper bags, but I have seen lots of more detailed versions on the internet, and that’s where I got this idea. Instead of cutting paper bags, I went for something a bit sturdier: foam core board.
- Foam Core Board (I get mine at Dollar Tree)
- Craft Knife
- Battery Operated Tea Light
Step four: Use the craft knife to cut on the lines. Again, do not cut through the back layer of paper.
Step five: Remove the foam from the cut out shape, leaving the paper backing intact. When the design is complete, you can clean up the edges a bit with your craft knife.
Step six: Fold the board to make a square, and glue the open edge together.
The paper backing softens the light and emits a soft glow. This tea light cover is so easy to make that I went further and made a larger version to create a lamp. Here’s a peek: