Valentine's Day Paper Luminary Craft

This Paper Luminary Valentine's Day Craft makes for a perfect and quick craft to tell your loved ones how special they are in the cutest way possible!

Valentines Day Luminary

You can never have too many craft ideas and art projects in-store when you have energetic little ones running around. And this paper lantern craft is a great option.

Even though Valentine's Day is just around the corner, you still have time to wow your dear ones with a thoughtful homemade gift. 

That's why today, we're sharing how we made this gleaming Valentine's Day paper luminary in a few quick and easy steps (no special-crafting skills required!) 

If you're wondering what exactly a luminary is, you're not alone! I was wondering the same when I first came across the word when I was scrolling through Pinterest!

A luminary is simply a paper lantern. Also sometimes called luminarias or luminary lights, these lanterns are usually made with paper and candles.

Nowadays, people usually go for LED or solar candles to avoid accidents, but this doesn't take away any of these charming lights!

You and the children can make this lovely paper lantern in no time and celebrate Valentine's Day in the cutest way possible. 

paper luminary

Want to get more lantern and DIY candle crafts? Check some of our favourites! 

Valentine's Day Paper Luminary

Paper Luminary - Supplies:

  • Cardstock Paper.
  • Craft papers.
  • Pencil.
  • Ruler.
  • Scissors.
  • Paper Glue.

Paper Lantern - Instructions:

STEP 1: Download and print our bird luminary template!

Begin by downloading the Luminary template (scroll down below!) and print it out. Cut out the template and draw around it onto your chosen coloured paper.

paper luminary supplies

STEP 2: Cut out the shapes.

Cut out the base for the luminary, and fold it following the template's lines.

how to make a paper luminary

Cut out a heart from one of the three sections (use the template as a guide).

How to make a paper luminary craft

STEP 3: Cut out the birds.

Using the template, find the bird shapes and cut them out. Then, take the bird shapes and glue them onto a piece of red paper.

paper luminary craft

valentines day craft - paper luminary

STEP 4: Attach the heart.

Now, take that same red paper with the bird shapes attached and glue it on the back of your heart cutout.

valentines day luminary paper craft

STEP 5: Secure it.

Add a few drops of glue to the small crease on the base.

paper luminary directions

Attach the glued section to the other end of your base and wait until the glue dries completely.

valentine day paper luminary directions

STEP 6: Light it up!

Once dry, add your candle of choice and... you're paper luminary is ready to light up! 

SAFETY NOTICE: Don't use real flames!

Paper luminary for valentines day

valentines day craft for kids - paper luminary.

We hope you enjoy making these lovely lights! 


To download this paper Luminary template for free click on the link below and use the discount code:luminary. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

paper luminary template

Have fun making your Valentine's Day paper luminary and have a happy Valentine's Day!

Paper Luminary Valentines Day Craft

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