Light Up the Night with Lanterns and Luminarias

October 12, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

The best parties and events have all the details just right: the champagne is cold, the hors d’oeuvres are hot, the music isn’t too loud and the lighting sets a festive mood. As the holidays are fast approaching—starting with harvest-themed gatherings this month and culminating in New Year’s Eve bashes—we thought that now is the perfect time to shine the spotlight on lanterns and luminarias. Simple yet stunning, they provide the perfect way to welcome guests and set the stage for an unforgettable evening.


Light the path to your front door with a magical line of luminarias: votive candles placed inside small paper bags that have been weighted down with sand. Flameless, battery-charged candles take away any worries about fire and still achieve the desired effect.

Searching for terrific DIY Halloween decorations? This striking tree image ups the ante on the basic luminaria, and is available now in Design Space!


Or, maybe you feel this haunted house is more your style. And—great news!—you can get it right now in Design Space!


We love the suggestion of falling leaves in these autumnal luminarias. Watch how to make them in this fun video from our friends at Southern Living.



Use your Cricut to transform a basic, glass lantern into an eye-catching piece that’s perfect for any Halloween bash. The window-cling design for this DIY Halloween decoration project is available in Design Space.

Who says lanterns are only for the great outdoors? Candles, photos and flowers come together here
for a lovely indoor vignette—no moonlight needed.



Martha Stewart shares our passion for these timeless projects that bring together paper and light. You can check out her luminaria project here.

Okay, we admit it: we’re already thinking about the holidays. We love this look as a way to welcome guests to any Christmas gathering. If you’re stretched too thin to make your own (we’ve all been there!), you can buy them from Wayfair.


We’re a little obsessed with these luminarias, crafted from sheet music. Make your own with repurposed paper and your Cricut, or get them via the magic of Etsy from Olden Designs.


And finally, we leave you with this stunning image taken in Japan at a Winter Illuminations event. Every year, the country holds festivals of light to commemorate the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake, when power outages led to the use of lanterns, which have since beLancome symbols of recovery and hope.


Beautiful, flattering and always romantic, lanterns and luminarias transform any setting into something extraordinary. It doesn't matter whether you make one or buy one, just make sure you have one (or two… or thirty) this season.

Light up our day and show us your favorite luminaria project! #CricutMade

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