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From the quaint custom of placing hand-painted luminaries in windows throughout Ireland, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has created this craft project to share with your loved ones. It’s so simple, the whole family can lend a hand. For more crafting inspiration, project guides and supplies, visit www.joann.com.

Hand-Painted Holiday Luminaries

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Crafting Time: 1 to 2 hours

It’s an Irish tradition to place lit candles in windows. Let this quaint holiday custom add warmth and joy to your home. Glass containers with hand-painted designs and flameless candles look welcoming in windows or on a table.

Supplies and Tools:

Black marker

White computer paper

Computer and printer

Provided templates


Square and rectangular glass containers


Enamel paint: red, green and white

Flat brush

Detail brush

Flameless or wax candles

Create templates using a black marker to draw snowflakes and other decorative holiday motifs on paper. Visit www.joann.com/luminarytemplate to print out additional templates. Cut the templates to fit inside the desired glass containers.

Tape templates securely to the inside of glass container with design facing out. This will act as a guide when painting.

Using enamel paint colors, paint over template designs on glass surface. Create snowflakes, trees, words, deer, etc. It may take several coats of paint to attain desired coverage. Let paint dry between coats.

When finished, let the painted design dry completely. Remove templates from the inside of containers. Fill the container with flameless or wax candles to display. Note: If using wax candles, do not leave burning candles unattended.

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