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Luminaria 101

December 15, 2009

I am a dichotomy.   I should have been a Gemini.  There are always two sides of my personality.  One, I love a bargain.  LOOOOOVE a bargain.  And I can be cheap.  Two, there are certain things you should NEVER go cheap on….trousers, couches, and childcare.  So I usually bargain with myself and buy expensive things on sale (except for the childcare).

That was a long-winded introduction just to say that I am cheap and will re-use tin cans.

In comes the luminaria.  Could I have purchased the paper bag version at Target?   Yup.  Could I have made these out of milk jugs?  Well, yes…but that certainly isn’t as Martha as a tin can.   So, I ask the childcare facility to “donate” 8 of their largest tin cans  have and…voila, I am on my way to a  handcrafted luminaria.

Easy Steps:

  1. Get large tin cans
  2.  Clean them out & rip off labels
  3. Fill them 2/3 of the way with water and freeze (helps maintain the shape)
  4. Search for whatever image you want on Google (I used Stars and Snowflakes) and print said images out on paper
  5. Ask a professional or qualified individual  to punch out or drill the shape (i.e. The Husband.)
  6. Ask your child to find heavy rocks to place inside
  7. Put a candle in.
  8. Light the candle and hope to hell the wind doesn’t blow it out.  


4 Comments leave one →
  1. youngwifey permalink
    December 16, 2009 12:09 am

    Looks good. Welcome to the blogging world!

  2. Mom permalink
    December 17, 2009 1:58 am

    Sorry I missed the cookie exchange, looks like a lot of fun with goodies.
    What’s this about the clutter in my house? Remember there are 3 extra people with their clutter living here.
    Yes, I tend to keep a few extra things, but my new Years resolution is to organize-even joined the ranks of those who have a labeler. Now the clutter will have labels.
    Great job with the blog.

  3. beth permalink
    December 18, 2009 2:54 am

    loved them…i can’t wait for you to post the pics of your spray painted coffee cans for the playroom


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