Laced Luminaria

by Lynn Pratt

Create a Luminaria out of four coasters by lacing the pieces together.


  • Five 4" square coasters, or heavy cardstock
  • Four 4" cardstock squares
  • Four 3 9/16" x 4" pieces of vellum
  • Die cut machine (Big Shot™ used here)
  • Shape die (scalloped and regular circles used here)
  • Paper crimper
  • Adhesive, regular and dimensional
  • Sponge
  • Black ink
  • Crop-a-Dile™
  • Four 14" pieces of ribbon
  • Battery operated tealights


  1. Step 1

    Cut a scalloped circle into the center of each coaster.

  2. Step 2

    With the Scallop #2 Big Shot die, part of a smaller scallop will be cut off on the edge of the coaster. Adhere this piece back onto the coaster.

  3. Step 3

    Sponge the inside edge of the coaster with black ink.

  4. Step 4

    Cut a circle, slightly larger than the scallop in the coaster, into the center of each of the 4" cardstock squares. Adhere these to the coasters.

  5. Step 5

    On the back of each coaster add a mark at 5/16", 1 7/16", 2 9/16" and 3 11/16" on opposite sides. The marks are 1 1/8" apart. This should be the same on both sides of each four coasters.

  6. Step 6

    Punch a hole about 3/16" into the coasters at each of the markings with the Crop-a-Dile. After punching one coaster, use it as a template for the other three pieces.

  7. Step 7

    Run the vellum pieces through the crimper so it crimps the long side to be shorter.

  8. Step 8

    Adhere the vellum with dimensionals to the back of the coaster pieces. Adhere it so the crimped lines run horizontally between the punched holes.

  9. Step 9

    Lace ribbon through holes in two coaster pieces to connect them together. Come from the front to the back on the bottom two holes.

  10. Wrap those around the front and go in the second hole from the front to the back again.

  11. Step 10

    Continue lacing from the front to the back through each hole.

  12. The ribbon will finish on the back. Tie a double knot. Before cutting the excess ribbon off, add a bit of glue to the inside of the knot to make sure it won't come undone.

  13. Step 11

    Once you have laced all four sides together, lay them out flat and decorate the windows.

  14. Step 12

    Bring the two ends together and lace them into a square.

  15. Step 13

    Adhere the last coaster to the bottom of the luminaria.

  16. Step 14

    The candle holder is finished. Keep in mind, since it is made out of paper - only use it with battery operated tealights.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Laced Luminaria. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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OMG, this is so cute! I will definitely be trying one of these. Great tutorial....thanks so much!
Beth S  |  Wed Oct 6, 2010 at 7:19 AM
So cool! I love it. Will definitely have to give it a try! :-D
Bee  |  Wed Oct 6, 2010 at 7:34 AM
Cool Beans!!!! What a great idea!!!!!
Qbee  |  Wed Oct 6, 2010 at 8:03 AM
I love how you used the crimper on the vellum. That is such a neat feature to add. So simple, yet classes it up so much.
Karla Reader  |  Wed Oct 6, 2010 at 8:09 AM
Love it! Thank you Lynn for sharing! I will be doing one of these with my kids.
Shanti  |  Wed Oct 6, 2010 at 8:38 AM
Love it, love it. I think I'll be trying this as a Christmas theme. Great tutorial.
Sandy Glover  |  Wed Oct 6, 2010 at 9:35 AM
Where can you find the coasters like used in this tutorial? I'd like somewhere that has them in bulk, so we can use this as a group project.
Michelle  |  Wed Oct 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM
I bought coasters like those off of Ebay about a year ago. I was going to use them to make little journals.
Ramona  |  Wed Oct 6, 2010 at 11:15 AM
Some people are just sooooooooo creative. Love, love the project. Thank you.
Julie  |  Wed Oct 6, 2010 at 1:08 PM
What a wonderful idea! I can't wait to make several of these for Halloween. I do have one question though - should I use Medium or Heavy Weight Coasters? Just want to be sure before I order 100 of them! Thanks!
Pam  |  Thu Oct 7, 2010 at 11:19 AM
I just ordered some more of the coasters and got medium weight.
Ramona  |  Fri Oct 8, 2010 at 9:48 AM
Love it! And I love seeing you use tweezers! My friends have always teased me about using them when papercrafting. I think they are a must! Again--love the luminary!
Leslie  |  Fri Oct 8, 2010 at 2:00 PM
OMG - How unbelievably cute and beautiful! Fabulous details - especially the tweezers - I love using dimensionals, but those darn little pieces are hard to manage sometimes. Love your video!!
Luci  |  Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 8:02 AM

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial/video today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

Nancy Ward
Nancy Ward  |  Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 7:16 AM
What's the name of the circle punch that you used? I can't wait to get started on this project!!! Thanks a bunch for the video!
Mel  |  Sun Sep 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM
I would love to get started but don't have or know where to find ether of the punches. If you would let me Know I sure would love it.Thank you so much.
Maxine Crawford  |  Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

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