Easy Christmas Luminaries

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Green paper pyramid tree with gold glitter star on top next to a white glitter pyramid with snowflakes.  Both are luminaries.

Decorating our home at Christmas is one of my favorite things to do to kick off the holiday season.

Luminaries are a staple of Christmas decor. I thought it would be fun to develop a few designs and light them with fairy lights. A battery-operated tea light could also be used.

The designs have been saved in two formats. One version has a scoreline. The second version does not require a scoring stylus or wheel, as I added a perforated line right in the design.

Lit Christmas luminaries. Dark green pyramid with a gold star on top.  There is also a white glitter pyramid with snowflakes.

These pretty luminaries are easy to make and look cute when lit or off.

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Materials Needed for Christmas Luminaries

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Christmas Luminary Tutorial

Download the luminaries from my Freebie Vault and upload them to Design Space.

Setting Up Design Space

The below instructions will need to be followed for those using the scoreline version. The perforated version is similar, just no need to modify score lines.

Determine the size you’ll cut and if resizing, do so while still grouped. This will ensure the pieces all stay the same proportions. Once sized, click ungroup.

The next step is to select the layer with the scoreline on the star.

With star’s lines still selected, click score under Operation.

Next, select both the star and the scoreline, then click Attach.

Repeat the process on the tree pieces.

Once scorelines have been selected and attached, select both, then duplicate.

Select your paper type. I used vellum behind the main portion of both luminaries. The green tree was made with 65lb. cardstock and the snowflake tree with glitter cardstock.

How To Assemble The Luminaries

Once cut, it’s time to assemble.

To remove the paper from the mat, gently bend the mat away from the paper. Keep the paper as flat as possible on your work surface.

I used a tape runner to attach the vellum pieces to the inside of the luminary.

Once the vellum was attached to the back, I turned the piece over and added some pretty adhesive rhinestones.

Fold the tree pieces along the score (or perforated lines).

Next, we’ll focus our attention on the star. I was pleasantly surprised that I could see the score lines on the glitter cardstock. Fold the star along the scorelines.

I couldn’t get a good photo but placed two Zots on the flap that goes inside the star to adhere.

After both sides of the star are formed. I attached the tip of my lights string with a Zot. Then added a Zot on each of the star tips. Use these to adhere the two sides together. Make sure to line up the little slit that will sit on top of the tree. If you’re not using lights, I suggest using a toothpick in the star to hold it at the top of the tree.

The star is done.

Now it’s time to glue the two sides of the tree together. Place the star near the top of your tree. Then attach the two sides. On the green tree, I used a tape runner to adhere as I didn’t want to have to wait for the glue to dry.

I wasn’t sure if the tape runner would hold on the glitter snowflake tree so that one was assembled using low-temp hot glue.

The last step is to finish off the bottom by attaching the square base piece.


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18 Comments

  1. Oh, this looks like fun! When I get my Christmas decorations all out of the boxes and up where they belong, I hope to try this. Thanks for all the hard work you do in designing these projects for us!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  2. Thank you so much! I love your creations. The luminary trees are amazing! I can’t wait to make them. I still have my angel from last year.

    1. Have fun! If you have extra lights from the angel last year, they’ll be perfect for the tree. I used the same ones.

  3. I downloaded and added the snowflake luminare to design space. I ungrouped it. When I select the tree, I cannot find the layer with the score lines. They seemt o be part of the image. I then tried it with the Christmas tree and I am seeing the same thing on the tree and the star. Am I missing something?

    1. Hi Jody, I included two versions of each tree. One with score lines and one with perforated cuts. It sounds as if you may have uploaded the perforated version. Check the file name to determine which one was uploaded. Sorry for the confusion.

  4. I, unfortunately, had problems with the Christmas Tree. Until trying to assemble, I did not know to print two of the star and of the tree with cut outs. I had “extra” pages (15 total) that apparently have nothing to do with this tree (included pretty poinsettia cut outs!)!! Will try again!!

    1. Hmmm. Is it possible you had other items loaded to cut too? I didn’t have poinsettias included in this design. Hope you get it sorted out.

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