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Neighbor Gift: Luminary Kits

Neighbor Gift: Luminary Kits

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.

Create a DIY Luminary Kit - a perfect neighbor gift idea for Christmas!

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!

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Luminary Kit Gift Materials:

Create a DIY Luminary Kit - a perfect neighbor gift idea for Christmas!

Cut a 5in x 12in strip of  brown craft paper. Along the long edges, use your puncher to add detail.

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Wrap your stack of white paper bags with the brown paper, taping it together in what will be the backs of the bags.

Create a DIY Luminary Kit - a perfect neighbor gift idea for Christmas!

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.

Create a DIY Luminary Kit - a perfect neighbor gift idea for Christmas!

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.

Create a DIY Luminary Kit - a perfect neighbor gift idea for Christmas!

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.

Create a DIY Luminary Kit - a perfect neighbor gift idea for Christmas!

Now for the other 29 ideas! Click through and check them out!

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Our Thrifty Ideas – Soda Tags Neighbor Gift

Dessert Now Dinner Later – Muddy Buddies

Pretty Providence – Treat Pops

Blooming Homestead – Cookie Decorating Kit

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Frenchi Wraps – Yummy Bars

Yesterday on Tuesday – Cookie Mix

The Happy Scraps – Homemade treat packaging

Over The Big Moon – Pepper Jelly

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

Just Us Four – Paleo Pumpkin Granola w/ Tag 

Wait Til Your Father Gets Home – Rudolph Ornament

Happiness Is Homemade – Holiday Cookie Dough Tag

Cupcake Diaries – Twizzlers Holiday Tag

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

One Artsy Mama – Crochet Gift Card Pouch

Reasons to Skip the Housework – Hot Cocoa Set

Made to Be a Mama – Dishes Gift Set

Lets Eat Grandpa – Neighbor Gift

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Dukes and Duchesses – Home for the Holidays Cocoa Gift

See Vanessa Craft – Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Carissa Miss – For Your Mistletoes

Occasionally Crafty – Salsa Neighbor Gift

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Simply Designing – Mulling Spices

Domestically Speaking – Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie + Printable

Creations By Kara – Christmas Bread Wrapper

Frog Prince Paperie – Luminary Kit

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke – The Gift of Dishes

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Giggles Galore – Homemade Vanilla

One Krieger Chick – Playdough in a Jar

Food Folks and Fun – DIY Coasters Gift Set

My Craftily Ever After – Printable Neighbor Gift Bags

Rae Gun Ramblings – Neighbor Gift Treat

Thanks for checking out my Neighbor Gift: Luminary Kits post. Check out the full collection of Christmas articles, and also find more Christmas gift, decor, and recipe ideas by Tauni Everett, Michelle Stewart, Randi Dukes, Ashton Swank, Mariah Leeson and Liz Call.

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.

Susan Noble

Wednesday 5th of November 2014

What wonderful ideas from so much talent. Love the Luminary Bags they are so beautiful in the different areas of our gated community

Heidi Fowler

Monday 3rd of November 2014

Such a pretty idea! I've been hopping through the roundup, and I wanted to let you know that the link for this post from the roundup did not work. It went to a page not found page.

Vanessa Barker

Monday 3rd of November 2014

This is such a cute idea. My Grandparents neighborhood always does luminaries thru the whole neighborhood. It's so beautiful!