Nothing says "Happy Halloween" like a flickering candle and
grinning Jack O'Lanterns. Here is a Halloween luminary craft
that is sure to grace your table, mantle or window sill this year. You
can make it yourself with some glass, glue, copper-foil tape, and some
spooky vintage images from the early 1900's - when they really knew
what Halloween was all about.
These three charming Halloween images are from a famous set of
postcards illustrated by Ellen H. Clapsaddle around 1908.
The inspiration for this Halloween luminary craft came from another one of our crafts.
While we were working on our Vintage
Suncatcher, we kept saying the technique of applying
translucent vellum paper to glass would be great
for a luminary. With some trial and error, we hit on
this very easy way to create a striking three-sided luminary
that glows beautifully with candle light. We made ours in a
couple of hours, then displayed it on a cut-glass plate filled with
Household glue suitable for glass, like Duco
candle in a clear glass votive cup.
Instructions for Halloween Luminary Craft
Lightly spray the back side of the three images
with spray glue (see Tips).
Carefully position each piece of glass within the printed
lines around the images. Press the glass down onto the back of
the image. Turn it
over and gently smooth out any air bubbles. When the glue is
cut away the excess paper around the glass with a craft knife.
Cut six pieces of copper foil tape, 6" long.
Adhere them to the top and bottom of each glass panel (see Tips).
When the tape is stuck on the edge of the glass and before
crimp and burnish it, cut off the excess tape flush
with the corners of the glass with a craft knife.
the foil tape to the glass and burnish with a bone burnisher.
the three glass panels image-side down, side by side, and tape
them together with small pieces of masking tape at the top and bottom.
the three glass panels together into a triangle. Place rubber
around the top and bottom to hold them in place. Glue the
edges with household glue. Let the glue dry for an hour.
Remove the rubber bands and masking tape.
9" pieces of copper foil tape to the three corner seams. Cut off the
tape at the top and bottom, gently crimp and burnish.
your Halloween luminary craft over a clear glass votive candle cup. Surround
it with candy corn, black glass marbles, black and orange M&Ms, or some autumnal greenery.
The free images are 7.75" X 4.75" pictures with a 1/4"
white border. The surrounding dotted
line is makes each image exactly 8" X 5". The 1/4"
will be covered by the copper-foil tape.
If you are familiar with our craft
instructions, you are familiar
with our warning - spray glue can be hazardous. Work outside.
Cover everything the least bit valuable. Wear safety glasses. Once you
have sprayed the glue, work quickly but carefully. It is not
repositionable, so get your glass where you want it before you stick it
down. If you get it crooked or the paper wrinkles, you may have
to remove the paper from the glass and start over, so read the
spray can and have the proper solvent nearby.
is a standard product at stained glass supply stores. It is backed with
adhesive and paper, and comes in various widths. This craft requires
1/2" tape, which is one of the largest sizes.
foil tape evenly to the edge of glass takes some dexterity and
patience. Frankly, it is hard to get it centered on the edge
keep it there while you crimp it on. Here's our method: Lay
tape face down on the table and pull back about 1" of the paper
backing. Place the edge of your glass in the center of that
of foil tape and stick it on lightly. Keep the
centered on the tape and slowly pull back the remaining paper
periodically lifting the glass and sticking the tape to the edge of the
glass. When you have removed all of the paper, you should
the foil tape perfectly centered and adhered to the edge of the glass. Now crimp it onto the glass with your fingers (being very
careful of the sharp edges of the glass), then burnish
with a bone burnisher.
This Halloween luminary craft is actually a very versatile
design. Substitute images for any holiday - a
Valentine love-light? A Christmas dinner centerpiece?
Do you like the look of light softly filtering through a vintage
picture? Do you want to use up some of the copper-foil tape you just
bought? Check out one of our most popular crafts, the Vintage