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What do you do when you want to light up your porch for Halloween but don’t want plain old orange pumpkins?
Grab some black card stock, metallic paint, and make these fun Halloween luminary bags! The perfect addition to your front porch for a Halloween party or to guide those trick or treaters.
Be sure to check out even more Halloween crafts that can be made with your Cricut at the bottom of this post as well. I am posting this as part of a design space star competition that is being held by Cricut Explore™. However, all projects and opinions are my own.
To make your own Halloween luminary bags you will need:
- Cricut Explore™
- Black cardstock (12 x 12 sheets) (1 per luminary)
- Gold iridescent poster board
- Dazzling Metallics paint in Emperor’s Gold
- Paint brush
- Adtech Dot Glue Runner
- Ruler or straight edge
- Pumpkin face files exclusive to the CCC (pumpkin face 1, pumpkin face 2, pumpkin face 3, pumpkin face 4, and pumpkin face 5)
- Battery operated tea lights
Halloween Luminary Bags Instructions:
Getting this to cut correctly with the Cricut Explore takes a few steps. But I took the liberty of figuring out an easy way to do it. I took screenshots to make it easier for you all to follow.
Upload those pumpkin face images I linked above into your design space. Add one of the pumpkin faces to your mat. Then insert a stock image from Cricut (search for “bag” to get the green image you see below). Lay one over the other as shown in the screenshot below.
You can resize everything here to about 11 ½ inches wide or do that last before cutting. Get the proportions right between the two images here however and the pumpkin face in the right location.
Next we are going to need to weld those images together.
Choose the layers on the right by holding down the Shift key and choosing all three. Click “Weld” at the top of that box on the right.
The following question will appear on your screen. Click OK to continue.
Your screen should now look like the image below.
Using this method, we do lose the score lines on the bag for folding. However, I will show you in the tutorial below how to accurately fold the bag without them.
Resize your entire image to about 11 ½ inches wide then hit the GO button.
If you get the error message on the screen below, you have sized the bag too large. Go back and just slightly reduce the size and it will fit on your mat.
Once you have everything done correctly and click GO, your screen will look like the below image. You are ready to cut your black card stock into Halloween luminary bags.
Repeat these steps for each pumpkin face to get all of the looks I show below.
Once you have your bag cut from the Cricut, it is time to turn that plain black into something fabulous!
Grab a paint brush and your Dazzling Metallic paint. Get very little paint on the brush and apply quickly to the surface of your bag.
You will end up with the metallic streaked look you see in the image below.
Next, it is time to fold the flat paper into a luminary bag.
Use a ruler or straight edge to keep the lines straight and fold over as shown below. Remove the ruler once you have a fold and press firmly to crease well.
Repeat at each “V” in the bottom of the bag. Be sure to keep your folds straight!
Now you can fold on all of those creases and you have something that starts to look like a bag. However there is a slight issue we have to correct. The last flap on the bag (where we will glue in a second) shows through the pumpkin face.
Just cut away part of that flap with scissors, as shown in the image below.
Finally you need to use that same ruler to fold over the bottom of your luminary bag. Repeat with the ruler, remove, and then crease well.
The fold should be across the TOP of all of the Vs in the bottom of the bag.
It is now time to assemble the bag.
Apply the dot runner to the areas shown with white lines in the image below. Then fold your bag and press to adhere well.
I wanted a little something extra in the back of the bags to help bounce the light. I had a poster board from the dollar store that is gold iridescent. Just cut it to the size of the back of your bag and use the glue runner to glue into place.
Make one of more of each face and you will have an entire porch filled with scary, smiling, glowing faces.
PLEASE NOTE: I recommend using battery operated tea lights in these Halloween luminary bags.
My images are taken with real candles but ONLY because I was right there and could watch the bags.
I think the gold paper in the back of the bags really makes these amazing. The light scatters off of the poster board and they glow even more at night.
Be sure to pick up the supplies to make your own Halloween luminary bags then add to your fall decor. This is a fun project to light up the night on Halloween!
Halloween Luminary Bags Safety Tips:
Fire safety should never be taken lightly. And there have already been one too many cases of unchecked candles or lights that caused fires, especially during the holiday season.
So it’s important that when you make these Halloween luminary bags, you keep these safety tips and precautions in mind.
Place luminaries away from flammable surfaces or objects.
Avoid putting the candle near an edge where it could fall over or surfaces that are flammable. It’s ideal that you place luminaries on top of concrete. Make sure it’s not near shrubs, dry leaves, or other items that could gather heat and eventually go ablaze.
Keep children and pets away from the luminaries.
Keep your candle well out of reach of little hands and pets, and do not let them play or run around near the luminary bags. The last thing you want is for your little one to topple over the luminary bags and potentially burn themselves or even start a fire.
Don’t leave candles burning overnight.
Candles left unchecked throughout the night are dangerous, no questions asked. At the end of the night, make sure every single luminary candle is extinguished. After several hours, a candle (especially a tea light) may be burning low enough that the bag no longer glows. You might think that the candle inside is already extinguished, but do not leave anything to chance. Double or triple check to be sure before turning in for the night.
Take candle size into consideration.
Only use a small candle, votive or taper size, to make the lantern. It might be tempting to use a larger candle, but the fire danger increases with the candle’s size.
Wind is an enemy.
Fire departments do not recommend lighting candles or using luminaries when it’s windy. The wind can blow the flame hard enough to touch the luminary bag. One thing can lead to another, and the next thing you know, there’s a flaming mess on your porch.
It is in your best interest to always be prepared. So, when you’re using luminaries or lighting candles on a regular basis, it’s best that you have a hose nearby. If you have a handy fire extinguisher, even better.
Do not leave the lit luminaries unattended. You should always keep an eye on the candles. Most luminaries burn approximately six hours, so if you must leave the lanterns unattended be sure to blow them out.
Use a glow stick or LED candle instead of real candles.
One of the most popular reasons most households upgrade to LED Candles is because there’s no risk of a fire starting from the battery operated or rechargeable “flame” in the candle.
With a flameless candle, the anxiety and stress you’ve often felt wondering if you’ve accidentally left a candle burning when you left your home or if you blew out the candle in your living room before you went up to bed ~ is over! You can leave an LED Candle glowing behind your drapes and on your window sills in every room without worrying if they’re going to start a fire.
These candles provide the glowing cozy atmosphere of a candlelit room without the risk of fire or other dangers of burning traditional candles.
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