Shine some personalized light on your next big event with this atmosphere-enhansing photo & quote paper bag luminaries tutorial from Alexa at The Swell Life!


This project would be perfect for weddings and parties. Head over to The Swell Life to see the full how-to!

Haley Pierson-Cox

Haley Pierson-Cox

Brooklyn-based DIY from a Gal in Granny Glasses

  • Helen

    This is a terrible fire hazard, please do not do this! As soon as a draft hits, this will fall over, and then you’ve got burning candle wax spilled inside an easily combustible paper bag. I cannot think of a worse combination.

    • Haley Pierson-Cox

      Thanks for your concern! Generally, luminaries are filled with sand/stones to keep them in place and to hold the tea lights in the center, away from the paper. You can also use LED candles instead of real tea lights to cut down on the risk even more. -Haley on CRAFT

    • swelldesignerA

      Yes, you can do this same idea using a LED candle in the bag like Haley said. I addressed this in the tutorial, but I understand the concern

  • Dawn Norris

    What a great idea. I will try this out for the luminary ceremony at the American Cancer Societies Relay for Life.