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Holiday How-to: Vinyl Luminaries

Create a trail of light using these holiday luminaries. Make dozens in an afternoon and reuse them y...

Create a trail of light using these holiday luminaries. Make dozens in an afternoon and reuse them year after year.

What It Costs: $26 for 30 luminaries

What You’ll Need

10-in x 50-ft vinyl flashing

Landscaping pins (optional)

Drill and bit set

Utility knife

Straightedge

Measuring tape

Stapler

Clamps

Instructions

1. Cover a flat work surface with cardboard or a cutting mat. Unroll the flashing and mark both edges every 20 inches; cut between the marks with a crafts or utility knife. One roll provides enough flashing for about 30 luminaries.

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2. Secure one flashing strip to a piece of scrap wood using clamps. Mark centered horizontal and vertical lines.

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3. Drill five 1/2-inch holes as shown to start the pattern. This piece of flashing will act as your template when you drill the remaining pieces of flashing.

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4. Drill the other holes freehand in different sizes -- make the wider holes closer to the center and smaller holes and wide spaces closer to the edges. Avoid drilling holes within 6 inches of either short end so they won’t be hidden when the flashing is wrapped into a cylinder.

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Tip: If you will use the luminaries on bare grass instead of partially burying them in snow, drill 1/4-inch holes 1 inch up from the bottom edge and 1/2 inch from both ends of the template. After rolling and stapling each luminary, secure it to the ground with a landscape pin.

5. Stack 10 flashing pieces underneath the drilled template and clamp them to a scrap board. Follow the template to drill through all 10. Repeat for the remaining pieces in groups of 10.

6. Roll a piece of flashing into a cylinder shape with 1-inch overlaps on the ends; staple the ends together. Repeat for the remaining luminaries.

Tip: After the holidays, you can store your luminaries in a small space by removing the staples and flattening the flashing.

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