Light as Art for the Holidays

One of my long term goals has been to incorporate LED lights into my artwork. And for the holiday season, I have managed to finish a couple small projects that work as table decorations.  Instructions below.


The luminaries are a perfect project for beginning art students.   Using watercolor pictures, quality not important, and fold them into cubes.  

  1. Lay your picture face down on the table.  
  2. Make a fold about 1/3 of width, bring part of the picture face-up.  
  3. Repeat on the other side, making sure that the folded picture covers about 1/2 an inch over the first fold.  
  4. Glue the two pieces together.
  5. Once dry, open the tube and squash flat a second time, creating a retangular tube.
  6. Insert one of the small LED Candle lights. 

Voila, Finished Luminaria.  It may seem confusing, but after you play with a couple sheets of paper, creating a cube will seem like second nature.   Five minutes and you turn all those practice paintings into lovely decorations.

The little elephant is a harder project.  I took one of those lunimanries and pulled off the plastic flame.  Glued rocks around the plastic base.  And then put a little glass figurine on top of the light source.  Since it is a colored led,  the elephant appears green.  The complex crystal figurines are beautiful, the light reflects through all the facets of the animal.


Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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