This is such a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to create a personalized decor piece that’s perfect for a centerpiece during a special family meal, or just to enjoy at home. These would make darling gifts, too!
To make these, use photo printer to print some of favorite family photos onto vellum. You might have to experiment with your own printer to make sure it can print onto vellum, but most inkjet printers should work.
So just print out a variety of photos. If you’re using these as table centerpieces for a holiday meal, try highlighting your favorite moments from throughout the year. Horizontal photos will work best since you’ll need the width to wrap around your luminary.
Next you’ll need some glass jars or vases. Since nothing happening here has to be permanent, you can do what I did and poke around your house to see what you can round up. Glass mason jars, flower vases, and hurricanes work great. Try however, to avoid irregular shapes. Squares will work, but the very best is smooth cylindrical shaped glass.
Trim your photos to the proper height of your glass.
And then apply a piece of double-sided tape. (I told you these were easy!)
Simply attach your photo to the tape. For larger containers, you’ll need more than one photo to cover all of the sides. Just have them meet right up in the middle of the tape for a seamless look.
And if you want, you can even attach a piece of washi tape for decoration.
The fun part is that these little luminaries look beautiful in broad daylight. Set on a windowsill, the light pours through them and naturally makes them glow!
And if you’re like Kate and me, and have a crazy obsession with scented candles, these little glass jars work beautifully for this project. The lower the candle wax, the better, so if you’ve got some almost-empty ones, they’ll work perfectly!
Play around with a variety of sizes and group them together for a fun display.
The real magic happens when the lights go dim, and the candles start burning. Place a few tea lights in your glass containers (I put several in my really jumbo ones!)
And everything will come alive with a flickering glow.
The soft light pours through the vellum and illuminates the photos, creating a beautiful work of art!
People couldn’t stop looking at them, and wondered, and kids especially loved seeing their pictures on there. The best part was hearing them say things like,
It’s such a fun conversation starter. You can also use a battery-powered tea light and use these for night lights!
Start thinking about your own family memories you could light up! (Hover your mouse over the image below, to Pin it!)