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DIY Photo Frames Luminary

Valentine’s Day may have passed but it is never too late to give a unique gift to someone special! Why not make a customised luminary with your sweetest selfies? If you are not keen to plaster your face, you can use graphics or typography designs of love quotes. You can even use it as terrarium for mini plants. There are many ways to customise your luminary!

Things you need

  • 4 photo frames (to fit in photos that are 5 inches by 7 inches)
  • Hot glue or strong bond glue
  • Tracing paper to print the photos
  • Candles
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors

I bought most of my items from the thrift shop. You can get tracing paper from any art craft or paper supply shops.

Step 1

Pick 4 photos or designs and print them out on the tracing paper. Each of my photos is 5 inches by 7 inches, the standard photo size. Tracing paper is thinner than normal printing paper so it allows more light to pass through, perfect for making luminaries.

I recommend using a laser printer as the colours in the photo will turn out better. You can print the photos in colour, sepia or in black and white. For this tutorial, I use a mixture of photos and graphics, in black and white.

Step 2

Cut the photos so that they fit into the frames.

Step 3

Stick the photos to the frame securely. Since my frames did not have the metal secures at the back, I used scotch tape to stick the photos.

Step 4

Assemble the frames together using hot glue so that they form a square. The frames can be in landscape or portrait orientations. If you want the frames to be more secure, you can use bond glue instead.

Step 5

Use scotch tape to bind the frames together while the glue dries. Depending on the type of glue that you use, the waiting time may differ.

Light a candle (or you can use a battery-operated light) and place it inside the square frame. There you have it – the luminary is complete! Now, time to plan how to gift this to your partner. 🙂

Let us know how much he or she loves this present via mynicehome@hdb.mailbox.gov.sg or Facebook.

By LF Shen
February 16, 2017


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