How to Make a Luminaria

Brighten up any season with these easy-to-make paper lanterns.


These simple lanterns — also known as farolitos — were popularized in the desert Southwest and are the perfect walkway illumination and party decoration for holiday festivities. Customize the design of your luminarias by using creative stamps, hole punches, or other design elements that will add beauty and interest to your arrangement, then recycle the bags when you’re done.


is an Experience Life staff writer.

Photography by John Mowers

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