31 Days of Anti-Laziness: Paper Bag Luminaries

Monday, October 31, 2011

It's the last day of 31 Days of Anti-Laziness, as inspired by Nester's 31 Days of Change series.  I have to admit, I'm kind of sad!  This series has been hard, but so worth it.  In case you missed any of it, you can find the whole series here.

Oh, before I go any further, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  If you're stopping by for the 6 Wicked Days of Halloween - WELCOME!  I'm so glad you're here. :)

  I saw these Martha Stewart luminaries at Grandin Road and thought it would be so easy to create something similar!

Paper bags
Xacto knife/cutting mat
Black spray paint
Battery-operated tea lights

First, I measured my paper bags and used Photoshop to type my phrase in the correct measurements.

(I included the file at the bottom of this post for your downloading pleasure.)

Cut each word out individually...

...rub pencil on the back of the print-out...

...and trace each word onto its own separate paper bag.

Using an Xacto knife and a cutting mat, very gently cut out each letter.  Be sure to use very light pressure so you don't cut through the other side of the bag.  Also, sometimes the insides of the bag can get stuck to one another, so be sure to open the bag, then close it back before cutting.

The sides of the bags want to collapse in, making it hard to read the words, so cut some card stock to size and staple it to each side of the bag to give it some form and stability.

Give the bags a light dusting of black spray paint (just for that spooky factor).

Insert your battery-operated tea lights, and voila!

Easy luminaries to light the girlsies' and boyses' way on Halloween night.  (Have you read the book Three Little Ghosties?  The kids love it!)

Right click and save as to download.

I hope you guys enjoyed the 6 Wicked Days of Halloween - I know I did!

Here's the lineup in case you missed any of the excellent projects!

Marilyn at The Artsy Girl Connection - Creepy Critter Juice
Jessica at Hill Country Homebody - Halloween Centerpiece
Rachel at The Crinkled Home - Spooky Specimen Jars
Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants - Witchy Hostess Gift

Linking to these parties.


  1. This is amazing.. How creative and awesome.. I absolutely LOVE this.. You put it together SO well.. Great JOB.. :)) THANK YOU SO MUCH for being on the crawl, you are AWESOME.. Wishing you a safe, sound and spoooky Halloween day.. :))

  2. Love these luminaries! May just have to keep them in mind for next year! Thanks for stopping by our table!
    ~Kristin & Chris Ann

  3. Love these! I searched last week for an easy tutorial to no avail. Will bookmark these!