Autumn Luminary

September 19th, 2008 in projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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This little junk of mine, Im gonna let it shine.
This little junk of mine, Im gonna let it shine.

This little junk of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.

It may still be warm in your neck of the woods, but Minnesota makes fools of us all. Yep, fall is coming. Replace the waning daylight with warm candlelight through this autumn-themed luminary. Makes you want a cup of cider, doesn't it?

Junk Market Style Difficulty Meter


Round galvanized container (ours is 9 in. tall and 5 1/2 in. diameter)
Scrap fabric
Six junk washers with 1/2 in. centers
3/4 yard ribbon
Electrical wire
One piece of junk hardware
Gorilla Super Glue
Decoupage glue
Sand (any kind)
4 to 6 in. pillar candle

Tool List:

1/2 in. drill bit
Metal file
Sponge brush


Step 1: Clean galvanized container.

Step 2: Measure circumference with twine.

This determines the fabric length.

Step 3: Measure to desired height.

Step 4: Cut fabric to these sizes allowing for a 1/2 in. overlap.

Don't go overboard on the overlap or it might end up looking a bit "uneven."

Step 5: Apply decoupage glue to container.

Slather it on!

Step 6: Apply Gorilla Super Glue to backside edges of fabric.

Step 7: Adhere fabric to container smoothing out any wrinkles.

Step 8: Apply coat of decoupage to fabric, let dry for 30 minutes. Repeat this process three to five times.

Make some tea, read a book, revel in the wait. There's a saying about patience...

Step 9: When last coat of decoupage glue is dry, spray with water and wet sand with fine sand paper.

Step 10: Measure top edge of container, preparing to drill holes. Space evenly.

Step 11: Drill holes with 1/2 in. drill bit

Step 12: File holes with metal file for smooth finish.

Step 13: Affix washers over holes with Gorilla Super Glue.

Just a dab will do.

Try using washers of all kinds for a varied look.

Step 14: Tie ribbon above fabric, adding electrical wire and junk hardware as embellishment.

A lone light, lovely in its illumination.

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Comments (5)

SantaClaus writes: I use my husband's old minnow bucket (the strainer part) for a luminary. Simple! Posted: 12:34 pm on March 6th
suewhitney writes: I'm glad to hear that you are going to do this project. We want to see your version when you're done! Good luck and have fun.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:24 am on September 20th
kopykatkim writes: Definately why I am Kopy Kat Kim, I will make a version of this. It will go great in my outdoor room. Posted: 10:15 am on September 20th
CottageElements writes: Sue, you sure do some great things with paper, cloth and glue. I never get that creative. Usually paint and metal for me. Got to start looking to other mediums! Thanks for sharing. Lani Posted: 10:58 pm on September 19th
LuAnn writes: Cool project. Now have an idea for the old sap buckets I've got lying around.

LuAnn Posted: 7:42 pm on September 19th
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