Easy DIY Luminaries

October 2, 2015 | By | Comments (0)

editnighttime luminaries Easy DIY Luminaries

Wedding season is in full force and here at Southern Living, we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’ll be bringing you weekly wedding-related posts—DIY ideas, etiquette tips, real weddings and more. This week, we’re teaming up with Laura Ritchie from Events in the City for an easy fall project that’ll light up your wedding at dusk.

These DIY luminaries are both functional and dramatic. Embrace the season by adding the iconic shape of fall leaves – we used maple – to your wedding reception, aisle, or even just your front steps. An extra perk? This project costs less than $20.

editimage2 Easy DIY Luminaries

The Project: DIY Fall Luminaries

Level: Easy

Timeline: One week before the wedding

White paper bags
Leaves (real or artificial)
Double-sided tape
Individual LED lights (battery powered)


  1. Once you’ve gathered your supplies, place strips of double-sided tape on the front of the leaves. Attach them firmly in your desired pattern to the inside of a white paper bag.
  2. Place a handful of pebbles in the bottom of the bag to weigh it down. This way, it will be less likely to blow away or fall over.
  3. Place an LED light inside the bag on top of the pebbles. Switch off the lights, and check out your creations!

Pro Tip: For a little more glam, try lightly spray painting the leaf patterns onto the outside of your bags with gold paint. This will allow the light to come through the leaf silhouette, rather than around it.



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