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