Every Christmas I have wanted to make Luminaries to light up the drive way on Christmas Eve and this year we have made them! I have always loved the idea of Luminaries and think that Christmas is a great time of year to have them decorating the outside of the house, not just because there are lots of lights decorating homes at this time of year or because Jesus is the light of the world and it's his birthday but because they would make a great landing strip for Santa!
I had brought some paper sandwich bags from a discount store a few weeks back in anticipation of creating Luminaries (well them or some fun lunch bags for Top Ender!) and I explained what we were going to make to Top Ender and Big Boy and asked them what design they thought we should draw on the bags to cut out. Top Ender came up with a Star, Snowflake and Holly design (Far right third photo) whilst Big Boy decided that the best design for his was a Dinosaur wearing a Christmas Hat (middle photo) and the other designs were created by me.
As you can see I thought that the tin can tea light holders that I had made for Daddy would be a nice addition to the luminaries and added them too. The Luminaries are really easy to make, you simply draw your design on the outside of a paper bag and then cut out the design. I added a couple of cups of play sand to the bottom of the bags that I nestled a tea light candle in and also used to keep the bags weighted down. We had a quick test to make sure that they worked and to see what they looked like but we can't wait to put them out tonight along with our magic reindeer mix.