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 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 posterboard
- 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
Getting this to cut correctly with the Cricut Explore takes a few steps. But I figured those out for you and took screen shots. 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 screen shot below. You can resize everything here to about 11 1/2 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 1/2 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 some 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!
Be sure to visit the other blogs below on Cricut team 11! We are all competing in a design star competition sponsored by Cricut Explore™. You will find all of the amazing Halloween crafts at the links below.