In the spirit of the season, I have teamed up with 29 incredibly talented and creative bloggers to share some fun neighbor gift ideas, or little gifts to share with people you need to remember during the holidays. There are thirty different great ideas on this list, so be sure to scroll through and visit them all!
Luminary Kit Tutorial and Free Printable
One of my favorite neighborhoods during Christmas is the one that puts out luminaries lining every foot of road from beginning to end. It’s really really magical!! Even if you can’t convince all your neighbors to do the same, you might be able to encourage them to create a little magic by remembering them this year with a luminary kit.
This is such a super simple thing to put together. There are several levels of effort you can put into the gifts, from just wrap it up to really pretty and really fancy luminaries. But first, the wrapping!
Luminary Kit Gift Materials:
- White paper bags (however many are in your votive box)
- Box of votives
- Brown craft paper
- Edge punches
- Free printable luminary gift tag
Cut a 5in x 12in strip of brown craft paper. Along the long edges, use your puncher to add detail.
Wrap your stack of white paper bags with the brown paper, taping it together in what will be the backs of the bags.
Top this with the votives; your choice whether to wrap these or not! I think it looks more polished with some wrapping paper myself. Tie the bundle together with a ribbon. I added a little bit of green and some jingle bells to my package just to make it a little prettier.
Now, some options on the luminaries. Of course, your first option is to do nothing. That’s perfectly fine–we all have those months! Second option is to use a pair of scissors to cut Christmas trees into the sides. Simply fold the bag in half and free hand your tree. If you need a stencil, cut one out of cardstock and trace onto all your bags.
Option 3 is to use the edge puncher again. Fold the bottom flap down on the bag and then fold the bag in half. Punch along the center seam. I found it pretty difficult to punch through so many layers of paper, so I chose not to connect mine up the center. Maybe your puncher will be newer and sharper than mine so you won’t have that problem!
Option 4: Cut out holiday shapes and glue them to the fronts of the bags. They’ll show pretty shadows on the fronts of the bags when the votives are lit.