Pierced Luminaria

by Clare Buswell

Create a luminaria with pierced and cut images.


  • Neutral colored cardstock
  • Stamps, Waltzingmouse Stamps Seasons of Love - Tags, Santa’s Coming to Town, Pic-nic Patterns used here
  • Ink
  • Piercing tool
  • Craft knife
  • Scoring tool
  • Ribbon or seam binding
  • Double sided tape
  • Foam mat
  • Ruler, pencil, rubber, scissors
  • Battery operated tea-light


  1. Step 1

    Take a 14 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of neutral colored cardstock. Mark a 1/2" border top, bottom and on one of the short sides. Each side is 3 1/2" square.

    Template: Luminaria Template

  2. Step 2

    Cut these borders into tabs with the corners cut off as shown. Leave two panels with straight tabs top and bottom as shown (the first and third). Score lines.

  3. Step 3

    Turn over and stamp two panels of the luminaria with background pattern.

    Mask the other panels when stamping.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp the remaining panels with an image stamp(s).

  5. Turn in tabs and use Distress Ink to ink edges. (optional)

  6. Step 5

    Place cardstock onto foam pad and pierce holes in pattern (just pick a section of the pattern, too many holes could weaken the structure). Repeat for second panel.

  7. Step 6

    Pierce holes around the image, repeat for second panel.

  8. Step 7

    Using a craft knife cut sections around the circle, make sure you leave parts touching the sides. Repeat for second panel

  9. Step 8

    Lift cut edges slightly.

  10. Step 9

    Assemble luminary and seal tab using double sided tape as shown.

  11. Step 10

    Adhere corners at the top and bottom of luminaria with the straight tabs showing on top.

  12. Step 11

    Add bows to top of image to finish.



  1. Don't have 14 1/2" long paper, no problem
    Start with a 11 1/2" x 3 3/4" strip of cardstock. Score at 1/2" and 3 1/4" on the 3 3/4" side. Score the long side at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", 8 1/4" and 11". Then follow instructions above.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pierced 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.

Thank you Clare for a wonderful project tutorial. Thanks Lori for creating a video!
Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Mon Nov 5, 2012 at 8:19 AM
What a gorgeous project and fantastic tutorial, Clare!
Theresa Momber  |  Mon Nov 5, 2012 at 8:49 AM
wonderful tutorial; thanks for sharing with us.
Brenda Gamble  |  Mon Nov 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM
What a wonderful project! Thank you for the easy-to-use tutorial as well.
Becky  |  Mon Nov 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

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