Sunday, October 16, 2011

DIY Diwali decor 2: Doily luminarias

So, another of the contemporary Diwali lighting options: an adaptation of Martha Stewart’s Lacy Luminarias. A traditional luminaria is a paper bag with sand in it, and a candle stuck into the sand – an outdoor lighting device at garden parties. This one is again wrapped around the glass vases I used in the Vriksh luminarias and is as simple to make.

You will need
  • Tea lights (or floating candles, which you can float in a small amount of water at the bottom of your holder)
  • Glass votive holders or other glass receptacles capable of taking the heat of the tea lights
  • Plain printing paper – A4 preferably
  • Paper doilies (I got mine from Crawford Market; Rs 15 for 25)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
Read through the making of the Vriksh Luminarias to get a better idea of the method.
The first step is to measure around the luminaria to get the size of paper you will need to from the base sleeve.

Then, carefully wrap and tape down the paper sleeve on the glass receptacle.

Take a paper doily – handle with care, the lacy part is extremely prone to tearing.

Cut out the filigree pattern. Hold against the wrapped luminaria, mark the cutting points and then cut to size.

Dab some glue onto the luminaria and gently press the cut doily pieces onto it.

Caution and disclaimer: Again, you need to be as vigilant around these luminarias, as you would be around lit diyas. Keep water handy, and do check that the glass of your holders is not too thin, and that it has not cracked with the heat. If you hope to build a centrepiece around these luminarias, perhaps you could place them in a large platter of sand strewn with glass pebbles to contain potential damage.

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  1. Very pretty! And such a simple, nice idea Prima.

  2. Dont know if I shall do it for Diwali coz I just painted some mud diyas but definitely for Christmas ... maybe with some silver and gold doilies that are also available at Crawford.

    Great idea and very doable

  3. This is such an interesting post..I wish I had the patience to do all that!..:)


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