Easy DIY Paper Bag Luminaries (with VIDEO)

Make these easy paper bag luminaries that are safe to use around kids and pets. Perfect for winter solstice or Christmas!

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Ahhhh December. When the sun sets around 4pm and bedtime feels very far away. We all know that the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, falls on December 21. It's part of the reason that we celebrate holidays in winter with lights and candles.

I've always loved the look of luminaries at this time of year but with little kids and dogs real candles are just not happening. So I decided to make some super cute and EASY paper bag luminaries myself with battery operated candles for a totally safe option that will complement my farmhouse decor and are perfect for the holiday table or mantle.

These paper bag luminaries are totally simple to make and use just a few supplies that you can pick up at the grocery store if you don't already have them at home. They are the perfect complement to your Family Dinner Book Club celebration of winter solstice or your holiday table.

How to Make Paper Bag Luminaries

To see how easy these paper bag luminaries are to make, watch the video below! Then keep reading for supplies and detailed instructions.


Here's what you need: 


Start by tracing your cookie cutter shape with a pencil onto the front of a paper lunch bag. I made Christmas trees but you can do a variety of holiday shapes.

Use an xacto knife to carefully cut out the shape. Erase any stray pencil marks.

Cut the top off of a colored sandwich bag, then cut it open for a flat, single layer square. Trim to fit the inside of your bag.

Lay the sandwich bag square inside the paper bag against the cut shape and use tape to secure it.

Turn on your battery operated votive or tea light and place it inside the bag. Fold closed and punch 2 holes into the top. Secure with a ribbon.

That's it! Your paper bag luminaries are not ready to decorate your home for the Winter Solstice, Christmas, or any holiday you celebrate this time of year.

Complete Your Family Dinner Book Club Experience

Get the entire Winter Solstice Family Dinner Book Club experience by visiting Growing Book by Book for a list of cool winter books for preschoolers. Then head to Chef Sarah Elizabeth for a complete dinner menu inspired by the winter solstice!

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Super easy paper bag luminaries you can make at home. Use battery operated candles for safe Christmas candle decor around kids and pets. Super cute farmhouse inspired Christmas idea that your family will love. #diy #Christmas #farmhouse #Christmasdecor

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