A Crafty Mix


Make a Pretty Luminary to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

This is such a magical time of the year. Things are starting to slow down as we get ready to say goodbye to the year and welcome in the new one. Up North my friends are, hopefully, all snuggled up under their cozy blankets watching the snow fall. Down here in the South we get to enjoy deliciously long Summer days with a few thunderstorms thrown in to cool us down. It’s also the time of the year when the seasons shift once again and soon our days will become shorter, while up North the Winter Solstice brings new hope.

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A few weeks ago Sizzix sent us the most gorgeous forest themed thinlits die. We’re one of their International creative team members so we get these lovely freebies every few months to try out. As soon as I saw the die it reminded me of a fairy tale forest. I can almost hear little Red Riding Hood whistling away in the background on her way to her grandma’s house. And it’s totally the inspiration for this one of a kind cardboard luminary.

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this beautiful woodland themed luminary - easy DIY. #DIYHOmeDecor #WinterSolstice #mymakingstory

Isn’t it just perfect to celebrate the Winter Solstice and welcome in a new season?

What You Need to Make Winter Solstice Luminaries

  • Sizzix die or if you don’t have one you can also download a pretty silhouette scene  and print it onto freezer paper. Just make sure you print it onto the non shiny side 😉
  • Adhesive card stock. Normal card stock and spray adhesive will also work (if you’re printing the silhouette don’t worry about the card stock)
  • A large sheet of thick, sturdy black cardboard
  • Battery operated string lights
  • Wax paper or freezer paper
  • Bauble (optional)
  • Craft knife
  • Glue

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this beautiful woodland luminary - easy DIY

How to Make the Winter Solstice Luminaries

Just ignore the glitter in the pic above. I had all these plans to sprinkle the luminary with some glittery fairy dust after it was done and then one of our fur babies decided to bump it over instead. Our carpet looks really shiny right now. That will teach me not to leave glitter unattended 😀 Anyhows, If you have a Sizzix Big Shot, die cut the forest frame as you normally would and stick the image onto some freezer paper. If you don’t have one simply print your silhouette onto the freezer paper. Just make sure you have a border around the image.

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this beautiful woodland luminary - easy DIY

Now for the cardboard luminary. Use a craft knife to cut a box shape with a window from the thick, sturdy card stock (get the template here). Lightly score along the fold lines so it’s easier to fold.

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this beautiful woodland luminary - easy DIY

Glue the forest silhouette over the window portion of the box shape and then fold it and glue the side down. Attach a bauble to the roof portion using fishing gut and some sticky tape.

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this beautiful woodland luminary - easy DIY

And then add some string lights on the inside back.

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this beautiful woodland luminary - easy DIY

That’s it. The Winter Solstice luminary is all done 😉

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this beautiful woodland luminary - easy DIY

Doesn’t it look like it came straight out of a fairy tale?

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this beautiful woodland themed luminary - easy DIY. #DIYHOmeDecor #WinterSolstice #mymakingstory

I love how the lights shine through the wax paper but I was really hoping the bauble would look more “moonish“. Oh well, you win some, you lose some 😉 The little baby and Mommy deer totally make up for it. And that cute bunny and squirrel too. Mmmmmm I wonder where he’s going………. Let me know what you think and whether you’ll be celebrating the turning of the seasons in a few days time. I love hearing from you and your comments always make my day.

And if you like the idea don’t forget to pin it for later
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this beautiful woodland themed luminary - easy DIY. #DIYHOmeDecor #WinterSolstice #mymakingstory

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Until next time, sending love as always

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Holiday Crafts, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts


  • Posted: January 3, 2018 17:01

    Christine Vandormolen

    Another masterpiece Michelle!!!! AMAZING!
    • Posted: January 4, 2018 04:18


      Thank you my friend from the other side of the world ❤️
  • Posted: January 3, 2018 00:51

    Sadhna Grover

    Yes, you are right, it looks like it is coming straight from a fairyland, the bulb inside gives the light in the background, which looks awesome. Nobody will believe this pretty project is made by you.
    • Posted: January 3, 2018 00:59

      Sadhna Grover

      Happy New year to you and your family dear and enjoy the long and sunny days. This side weather was very bad, from last ten days it was -20 degrees C and we have just stayed inside the house.
      • Posted: January 3, 2018 04:40


        Brrrrr that sounds so cold. Happy New Year to you too Sadhna 💕
    • Posted: January 3, 2018 04:32


      Thanks so much Sadhana 🙂
  • Posted: January 1, 2018 15:59

    Nikki Gwin

    So beautiful! And even more beautiful than your luminary is the picture you painted with words. :) gwingal
    • Posted: January 2, 2018 15:30


      Thank you Nikki. Happy New Year beautiful lady
  • Posted: December 27, 2017 00:50

    Sam- Raggedy Bits

    This is just so beautiful Michelle!! I can see a whole little town of these!! And would be staring at them alllll night!! Just so sweet!
    • Posted: December 27, 2017 04:27


      😊 Thank you Sam
  • Posted: December 24, 2017 04:26

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, what a beautiful luminary! I love the woodland silhouettes. It really does remind one of a fairy tale forest. It looks enchanting all lit up.
    • Posted: December 26, 2017 04:21


      Thanks you so much Keri 😊
  • Posted: December 23, 2017 08:18


    Oh what a beauty! You know I love everything woodland and when there are fairy lights involved it's a keeper always! I love your little winter solstice light Michelle, and I just love this time of year! Enjoy your summer as I am my winter :)
    • Posted: December 26, 2017 04:19


      Thank you Katrin. Every time I use fairy lights I always think of you ❤️ Enjoy your Winter my friend
  • Posted: December 22, 2017 15:06


    Oh, how beautiful, Michelle. I just love this. I love anything that has lights in it and this warms my spirit! Your crafts are always so beautiful and inspiring!
    • Posted: December 26, 2017 04:20


      Thank you SO much Carolann 😊
  • Posted: December 21, 2017 16:21

    Taslyn Russell

    You did a great job wish I was crafty to this extent. It also looks beautiful!
    • Posted: December 26, 2017 04:31


      Thank you Taslyn
  • Posted: December 20, 2017 15:45

    Mama in Heels

    Wow, you are so crafty. This is such a great idea and it looks so beautiful. Thank you for the how to...I will definitely try this with my kids.
    • Posted: December 21, 2017 07:31


      Thanks so much Janise, have fun
  • Posted: December 20, 2017 15:35

    Tiffany Yong

    Yes, indeed it look pretty~ Sorry that you didn't manage to get the glitter on! I think vacuum cleaner and some tape to stick the glitter up should do the job!
    • Posted: December 21, 2017 07:30


      Ahhh that's life, but I'll try your trick with tape and a vacuum cleaner Tiffany. Thanks for that
  • Posted: December 20, 2017 15:07


    I love projects like this! This is a beautiful, I’m not sure if I made it if it would turn out as pretty as this. You did a spectacular job, I will have to try this out.
    • Posted: December 21, 2017 07:31


      Thank you Ariel, I'm sure yours will look stunning
  • Posted: December 20, 2017 12:28

    Tanvi Rastogi

    It looks magical! So pretty ... also another great gift idea. Your DIY are always done to perfection. I too am loving this time of the year. Ready for another fresh start. And you are right about being snuggled in warm blanket for the better half of the day - Haha
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 13:18


      LOL Tanvi. Enjoy your snuggle and thanks so much for the lovely comment.
  • Posted: December 20, 2017 12:09

    Ellie Plummer

    That is so gorgeous. I love the trees with the hearts hanging down, how cute. You are so talented.
    • Posted: December 21, 2017 07:32


      Thank you Ellie, I love those little hearts in the trees too 🙂
  • Posted: December 20, 2017 11:34

    Agnes Vazhure

    Wow!! I really love this handmade luminary. You really did a great job of doing this kind of crafts.
    • Posted: December 21, 2017 13:04


      Thanks so much Agnes 🙂
  • Posted: December 20, 2017 09:34


    This is sooooo cute! I've actually done something like this when I was in high school for a project, but obviously it wasn't as cute as this one! :)
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 13:21


      I'm sure it was Maria and I must admit that having a Sizzix makes such a big difference 😀
  • Posted: December 20, 2017 08:48

    Jasmine Eclipse

    This is absolutely stunning! I love luminaries! I have to admit, I haven't been very festive this year, but making my own luminary sounds like fun!
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 13:03


      Ahhhh Jasmine, I'm sorry you're not feeling in a festive mood. Hope everything is okay
  • Posted: December 20, 2017 07:09


    Michelle, this is so pretty! It does look like it came from a fairytale. Glitter would definitely add to it, but it’s still pretty without it. This seems like a project I could handle!
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 08:24


      Thanks so much Sam. I might still sprinkle a little glitter once I scrap it out of the carpet 😉
  • Posted: December 20, 2017 06:37

    Angela Ricardo Bethea

    Wow!! This luminary is so cool and amazing. This is perfect for a Christmas decoration. You really did a great job.
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 13:22


      Thanks so much Angela 😀
  • Posted: December 20, 2017 05:30


    You are really creative artist. I will love try it myself this Christmas. 🎅Superb work.
    • Posted: December 26, 2017 04:35


      Thank you Sneha 😉
  • Posted: December 19, 2017 23:02


    Wow! I could totally buy this in some home decor store! Looks amazing - the lights are so warm and build this amazing Christmas atmosphere. I wish I could do stuff like that.
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 08:13


      Thanks so much Karolina - I'm sure you'll be able to make one of them. The hardest bit is trying to decide what kind of silhouette to use. There are so many lovely ones out there
  • Posted: December 19, 2017 18:56


    Oh my goodness I absolutely love this!!! It’s totally adorable and so pretty for the holidays!!
    • Posted: December 26, 2017 04:20


      Thank you Shell 😊
  • Posted: December 19, 2017 16:42

    Elizabeth O

    This is such an awesome and beautiful luminary. Perfect Christmas decoration. You are so creative and talented. You really did a great job.
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 08:26


      Awwww, thanks so much Elizabeth 😊
  • Posted: December 19, 2017 14:59

    Alicia Taylor

    Wow! Just beautiful. I gave up my dies and sizzix when I stopped scrapbooking, but now, I'm thinking that was a mistake. I just redecorated my office and may try making it with the printout instead.
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 08:21


      Ah that's such a pity Alicia. I don't know what I'd do without our Sizzix. We're having so much fun with all the dies
  • Posted: December 19, 2017 13:04


    What a lovely DIY luminaire! I used to do some Chinese lanterns when I was a kid, but I am terrible at crafting stuff, lol
    • Posted: December 26, 2017 04:35


      Thanks so much Natalie 😉
  • Posted: December 19, 2017 06:42


    Michelle, What a great idea!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Hugs, Deb
    • Posted: December 19, 2017 07:03


      Thank you Debbie. I saw you had a little bit of snow up there. xoxoxox
  • Posted: December 19, 2017 05:18


    Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! You did such an amazing job!! xo
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 08:26


      Thank you Talina 😊
  • Posted: December 18, 2017 23:52


    I would need a whole workshop to be able to do this. I love the result but I don't know if I would have the patience ;)
    • Posted: December 19, 2017 07:04


      LOL Marie, you only need a tiny space to make these 😉 Hope you have a happy week
  • Posted: December 18, 2017 22:51

    corinne & kirsty

    Aww this is so cute and such a great idea! so creative! something to do when it is cold and rainy outside!
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 13:23


      Oh shame, if you ladies need some sunshine out pool is open and the weather is gorgeous down here 😉
  • Posted: December 18, 2017 21:19

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Beautiful luminary! You are so very clever how you put this together. I love the little scene it's adorable! Another awesome job! <3
    • Posted: December 19, 2017 07:05


      Thanks so much my friend 😉
  • Posted: December 18, 2017 20:15


    That is really beautiful Michelle. The bulb inside makes the whole scene look as if the sun is coming out for the summer for you to celebrate.
    • Posted: December 19, 2017 07:04


      Ahhh Mary, how do you know me. Winter and I are not the best of friends 😉
  • Posted: December 18, 2017 17:57


    This is soooooo lovely! My 9 year old is getting into crafting and I think she'd love to create something like this!
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 13:24


      Good for her 💕 I love it when kids get into the crafting mood and they always make the most beautifully real things
  • Posted: December 18, 2017 15:59

    Molly Elmore

    These luminaries are adorable! So many design ideas pop into my head after this post. thanks for the inspiration.
    • Posted: December 20, 2017 08:27


      It's a pleasure Molly 😉 I'm glad you liked them
  • Posted: December 18, 2017 15:14

    Kristiana Wajnblom

    I can’t beliebe this is a DIY project! I’m totally going to make this. I love this idea to do with my nieces and nephews!
    • Posted: December 18, 2017 15:21


      I'm always so impressed with how beautiful the Sizzix dies are. They make my life so easy and I end up looking like a DIY diva 😉
  • Posted: December 18, 2017 14:23


    I can’t believe you crafted that! Absolutely beautiful! Amazing job!
    • Posted: December 18, 2017 14:37


      Thank you Komal 😊 I really appreciate that

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