DIY Glowing Photo Luminaries


A beautiful decoration doesn’t need a lot of work, but a small amount of attention to detail and some creativity, as well. Remember when the entire internet was full of digital photo frames, which seemed to replace ordinary frames? Well, that didn’t happen because people are not that enthusiastic about letting technology into their homes; especially when it involves their family (pictures, but none the less). To make this wonderful display you will need:

• some glasses and/or bowls;
• printed or regular photos;
• a ruler and a cutter;
• transparent double-sided tape;

First, select the photos you want to make your luminary out of. If you don’t want to damage them in any way, print some instead. Then, make sure they’re the right size (height) to fit the glass. If not, trim it with the help of a ruler and a cutter. Next, apply double-sided tape on the front side of your picture and place it in the glass. If your container is bigger, cover the whole length of it by placing two photos next to each other and tapping them to the glass. Finally, place the luminary on a windowsill or put a scented candle in it to make it glow beautifully..

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11 Responses to “DIY Glowing Photo Luminaries”

  1. Reba says:

    If the pic goes on the inside of the glass wouldn’t it be a fire hazard to put a candle inside?

  2. Lynda says:

    How do you keep the photo burn free? Love the idea

  3. Jane says:

    Lovely idea, will be giving this a try

  4. Nicole says:

    Do you have to print the pictures out on paper? It doesn’t seem like you would be able to use an actual photograph as I don’t think those would glow. Glossy photographs are not very transparent.

  5. Crystal says:

    Maybe print it on thin paper and modpodge it to the outside?

  6. Linda says:

    print pictures on vellum

  7. Kim says:

    I can’t seem to figure out how to print the picture correctly in the vellum to wrap around entire canister

  8. Ankita says:

    Can I use mod podge glue instead of double sided tape??

  9. Yo says:

    Luv this idea and I see you say to use double tape. But do I put something on outside of pix so it won’t tear. Also you say scented candle so for sure the pix is on outside correct?

  10. Sue says:

    You have been asked a few times on how the photo doesn’t burn. So far you haven’t answered the question. I would think if you put any kind of paper INSIDE the jar then add fire from a candle it would catch the photo on fire. Why doesn’t it??

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