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Picture Frame Luminaries

Happy Sunday friends!  I hope you are having a fabulous weekend!  I am REALLY, REALLY excited to share these picture frame luminaries with you today.  They are perfect for your HOLIDAY table or really…any time of the year!  I am pretty sure I will find a place for this up year round!  :) Last year I shared my wine bottle luminaries…I tend to like things that light up during the holidays!!!

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Supplies Needed:

  • (4) 5 x 7 frames (I found mine at my local Dollar Tree)
  • Gorilla Glue or other strong adhesive
  • 2 sheets of 8.5 x 11 Vellum
  • Home printer
  • Family photos
  • Square mirror (I also found these at my local Dollar Tree)
  • Tea Light Candles

I started off by finding four photos that I wanted to feature on my centerpiece.  I took some photos of my boys in August and so I used one of Michael, one of Ryan, one of both of the boys and then I had to dig back to the really, really archives and dig out a photo of Fred and I …FROM OUR WEDDING…(in 2008) because apparently that is the LAST time we took a decent photo together (read: that is the last time I was not BEHIND The camera taking the pictures!). 

I bought two pieces of vellum at Michaels.  You can find it in the open scrap booking paper section.  It looks like wax paper (opaqueness) but not waxy!  It’s awesome.  Find some that is pure vellum, not  a print. I thought “Hey what will this faint vine print going to do to my photos…probably nothing”…WRONG!  It shows through! 

I then printed my photos on my home printer directly onto my vellum…and then I trimmed them down to size.


I took out the happy family that was in the dollar store frames and I replaced it with our family photo printed on vellum…ON TOP of the GLASS!  So it goes frame, vellum photo and then glass on the back.  I did this so that when you place the candles inside…you don’t risk lighting your house on fire!  Just sayin…kind of important! 

Once in your frames, glue them together into a cube.  NOTE:  Gorilla glue (which is what I used) expands when it dries…so be sure to apply a thin line and towards the inner side of the joint.


Then you are ready to assemble your centerpiece.  Simply put the cube frame over the square mirror.  This will help reflect the light from your votive.  Then place the votive inside and light! 


I lit this during the day…

IMG_4406{{See the vine print running through our faces…yeah that’s why you should use plain vellum!}}

And here is is lit at night!  How cool?!?!?  What a great centerpiece this will be on your holiday table or mantle! 


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44 Responses to Picture Frame Luminaries

  1. jamie lynn says:

    this is really cute!! i love easy – and cheap! – crafts, this may make a great xmas present for the in-laws!! thanks!!!

    • Cheryl says:

      Thank you! I was thinking perfect present for grandparents also! They would love this and you can make several and not go broke :) Thanks for the nice comment!

  2. imklvr says:

    Wonderful idea! Again! And might I say, you have a beautiful family!!

  3. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

    How did I miss this yesterday? This would be a great Christmas gift for the grandparents! Lovin’ the creativity, friend!

  4. Megan says:

    I love this!! I have it bookmarked now so hopefully I will remember to make it. You should add a little pin it button so everyone can easily pin it too!

  5. debbiedoos says:

    You girl have been busy and so very creative. Glad you shared this with the dollar tree party. We are almost up to 100 clever and inspiring Dollar tree Christmas ideas.

  6. Cupcake Mama says:

    This is a great idea. I can see using text for this project too. I think I’d use the battery tea lights though – I have a beagle who is TOO curious!

  7. Brenda says:

    This is a great idea for a graduation party too. Just use pictures from k through 12 and place on your tables. My daughter loved this.

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  11. janet dycus says:

    I just love this idea but how do you hold the vellum onto the the front of glassthat is my question thank you

    • Thanks Janet. You just cut the vellum the size of a photo. Then just sandwich the vellum between the frame and the glass (just opposite than normal with the vellum on the outside of the glass) like normal. No tape or adhesive needed.

  12. Anna Terry says:

    Do you have a video tutorial on how to make this photo frame luminary? I love this and plan on making for Xmas gifts. Thanks

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  14. Caitlin says:

    Do you print the pictures out in black and white?

  15. Moira says:

    Did you use an inkjet printer or a laser printer? I have had unpleasant experiences printing onto different “papers” in the past :-)

  16. Samantha Senff says:

    Do you think it would work to print in Sepia, or do you think Black and White would look better?

  17. Johanna says:

    Hi! I love this idea for a Christmas gift!! But one question- do the frames just rest on the mirror? Or is the mirror glued on? And does it have to fit the size exactly? Thanks!

  18. Trina Rasa says:

    I’m so glad I found this! I am making these for my sister, mom, mother-in-law, and both of my sisters-in-law for Christmas! Are the picture frames you used plastic or metal? Thanks!

  19. Melanie says:

    Did you use an inkjet printer or a laser printer? I am having trouble printing on the Vellum.

  20. Megan says:

    Please help! I can’t figure out how to get the frames glued together. I bought the same ones from dollar tree. The sides are flat but there is only one thin line of plastic to try to glue it to when you are putting them together. What am I missing?

  21. Ivonne DeBolt says:

    hi I love this idea and am in the making of making one. my question is how did you get the glass from the frame to stay in place?

  22. Amanda says:

    AMAZING! Just made 5 of these and they turned out beautiful!! You’re a genius and I am so glad I found this pin! Thank you thank you for your creativity!

  23. Corinna Flores says:

    Hello..I am trying to figure out how you were able to get the vellum onto the glass. Did you tape or glue it?

  24. Tonya says:

    I made this over the weekend and I LOVE it! Thank you so much for the idea! It is so pretty. Now I just have to find a good place to put it so everyone can see my beautiful, glowing family! :)

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