by Beate Johns

Create a luminaria out of one piece of cardstock.



  1. Step 1

    Place your 5 1/2" x 10 3/8" piece of cardstock on your Scor-Pal.

    Score at 2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2" and 10".

  2. Step 2

    Turn your cardstock and score at 1 1/2".

  3. Step 3

    Prefold all your score lines.

  4. Step 4

    Cut your score lines as shown.

  5. Step 5

    Use the shape cutting tool to cut a window in each panel.

  6. Cut a window in each panel.

  7. Step 6

    Turn your cardstock around and tape one of your vellum pieces behind the window.

  8. Repeat on each panel.

  9. Step 7

    Add Scor-Tape to the glue tab on the side and two of the bottom panels.

  10. Take off tape liner from the glue tab and adhere panels together to form the walls of the luminaria.

  11. Step 8

    Place another strip of Scor-Tape on the inside of one of the bottom panels.

  12. Peel backing off all the tape and place the panels with Scor-Tape facing out on the bottom, then fold over the panel with no tape.

    Last, tape down the panel with one strip of adhesive.

  13. Step 9

    Trim all printed images.

  14. Adhere images all around the luminaria with Scor-Tape and dimensionals.

  15. Step 10

    Apply Flower Soft Glue over the spots you would like to add Flower Soft Polar White.

  16. Step 11

    Sprinkle Flower Soft Polar White all over the glue.

  17. Press Flower Soft down.

  18. Step 12

    Tap off excess Flower Soft.

  19. Step 13

    Place a flameless tealight into the luminaria.



  1. Softer Glow
    For an even softer glow, brayer or sponge your vellum with a light color before placing it behind your window.

    Stamp it
    Instead of placing cut out images in front of your window, try stamping images directly on the vellum.

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

How totally awesome!! I need to run up to my local craft store today to see if they have the Polar White in yet and the Snow Globes kit is very cool also. Gorgeous work and tutorial, Beate!!
Joanne (sleepyinseattle)  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM
Wonderful tutorial Beate! Love your creation!
Bonnie Sharp  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 10:17 AM
This is so cute Beate!! Great tutorial as usual!! Miss you --- hope you're doing great smile
Vickie Maduzia  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 2:36 PM
I have never seen or heard of the Flower Soft or the kits - where might I find them?
Linda  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 2:37 PM
Hi Linda,

Check our Product Focus Page on these new Holiday Flower Soft Products.

On the product focus page, you will find links on the right hand side to stores that carry Flower Soft.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 3:17 PM
This is beyond it!!! Thanks, again, for a super tutorial.
Jan D.  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 3:33 PM
Love this project, but wonder if you put the CS through the Cuttlebug or just use the oval Nestie to trace the shape. Can't figure out how the paper would fit through the machine.
Mary Ann  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 3:49 PM
Mary Ann, I put the cardstock through my Wizard. It works because the cardstock is only 5 1/2" wide. It should work with the Cuttlebug as well.
Check the first picture in step five and you will see the cardstock lined up on the cutting mat of the wizard.
You could also use a different tool like the coluzzle.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 4:03 PM
This is so awesome. I will make these for our Relay for Life walk. Great instructions. Thank you so much.
Mary Ann Huntington  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 4:04 PM
Oh, Beate, this is JUST GORGEOUS!!!!!! Thanks for some great hints!
Cathy  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 4:09 PM
Absolutely beautiful!
Sharon  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 4:29 PM
As usual, this is gorgeous.
Tami  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM
Love this idea. I plan to try it on my Cricut with design studio.If I can get it figured out so that it cuts easily, I will make one for every household in our family. Thanks
Stephanie Bonin  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 5:53 PM
This is fabulous, Beate -- great tutorial and wonderful luminary!
Sharon Harnist  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 6:08 PM
Gorgeous- or should I say...another gorgeous project!!! I love this and see one on my table in the future!!! TFS
Shelly Schmidt  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 9:01 PM
Très très belle réalisation, merci pour ce tuto.
nicole  |  Thu Nov 5, 2009 at 1:05 AM
Hi Beatte,

Totally awesome. I love the luminaria idea, & my brain is spinning with ideas. I do have a question, though.

I love the tree you used, but I haven't seen any die cuts that look anything like your tree. I did see some die cuts from either boss kut or Quik Kuts that came close, but I don't have either of those two systems, & my finances are very limited. The die-cutting machine I've been using is a Cuttlebug, which has worked great for Cuttlebug & Spellbinders, but I'm wondering which tree die you used, & if the tree die you used would work in the Cuttlebug. If so, how do I get it to work?
Julie  |  Thu Nov 5, 2009 at 6:27 PM
This is an absolutely wonderful idea! I can't wait to try it out!
Annie  |  Fri Nov 6, 2009 at 7:50 PM
I just read this tonite and couldn't wait to try it! I got four done with more on the way...beautiful! I'll upload pictures. One thing, though, the measurements for the velum is off by one inch. Instead of 4 3/8 inch, it should be 3 3/8 inch. It fits perfectly that way, and you can get at least 8 out of each sheet of velum. To everyone who tries this...have fun!
Jodi Sloboda  |  Sun Nov 8, 2009 at 12:30 AM
So very stunning! Thank you ever so much for sharing your talent!
Mel M M M  |  Sun Nov 22, 2009 at 12:30 PM

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