Halloween Cat Luminary

This Halloween Cat Luminary looks amazing!  It can be used as a luminary or a gift box.   

With the light inside of it this looks AWESOME!  The pictures don’t even capture how good it looks!  It takes a lot of patience to put this together but when it is done, WOW.  

What you will need

        • Orange and Black cardstock
        • Vellum
        • liquid glue or glue gun
        • a small battery operated light
        • lots and lots of patience
Paper Selection

I stuck to the standard Halloween colors.  Patterned paper looks nice but when it is dark and you light it up you can’t really see the pattern.  The vellum needs to be light.  I tried black vellum on another luminary and it didn’t glow well.

Cutting
This is fairly straight forward to cut out.  I made this from glitter cardstock, which can be difficult but the “glitter cardstock more” setting cut it on both the maker and the Air.
Assembly

This is where it gets tricky.  The first thing to do is re-crease the score lines.  Then you want to attach the vellum to the back of the cut out hexagon sections.  Make sure the vellum is inside the folds.  I glued the vellum with glue on the cardstock so that the glue isn’t visible.

First we will fold the lid.  Start with the three pieces with the tabs closest to the center.  Fold the tabs in and then fold the piece up perpendicular to the lid.  

Step 1 of folding the lid
Step 1 of folding the lid
Step 2 of folding the lid
Step 2 of folding the lid
Finished lid
Finished Lid

Then put glue on the insides of the other three pieces.  Fold them at both folds so that they catch the tabs on the first three pieces and then fold them all the way over.  Glue the insides of the first three pieces and fold over completely.

Base Assembly
Next we will assemble the base.  Fold all the sides up from the bottom hexagram and glue the sides together at the tabs
Step 1 of Base Assembly
Step 1 of Base Assembly
Step 2 of Base Assembly
Step 2 of Base Assembly
Finished Base
Finished Base

Then put glue on the tabs with the flaps on them and fold them over.  Don’t worry that they cover part of the vellum at the top.  The lid covers that part.  Next glue and fold over the remaining tabs.

Finally glue the cats onto the sides and top of the box (I already have mine glued on in the pictures above).

And your Halloween Cat Luminary box is done!  Here is what it looks like all lit up

Cat Luminary all lit up
Cat Luminary all lit up
Another View of Cat Luminary all lit up
Another view lit up

Halloween Ball Luminary

This Halloween Ball turned out fantastic!  I have hints and tips and pictures of what NOT to do to make this Halloween Ball.  FYI I had to make about 4 of these before I got it all right.  You won’t have to because I’m going to warn you not to make the same mistakes I did. 

With the light inside of it this looks AMAZING!  The pictures don’t even capture how good it looks!  It takes a lot of patience to put this together but when it is done, WOW.  

And I have some pictures of what I did with the cutouts at the end.

What you will need

        • Orange and Black cardstock
        • Vellum
        • glue gun
        • regular glue
        • a small battery operated light
        • lots and lots of patience
Paper Selection

I stuck to the standard Halloween colors.  You could make this all one color, too.  Patterned paper looks nice but when it is dark and you light it up you can’t really see the pattern.  The vellum needs to be light.  I tried black vellum and it didn’t glow well.

Cutting
This is fairly straight forward to cut out.  Be sure to save the cut out pieces.  Some of them are very useful for other projects.  I have some of my examples at the end of this tutorial.

 

Assembly

This is where it gets tricky.  The first thing to do is re-crease the score lines.  Then you want to attach the vellum to the back of the circles.  The “Happy Halloween” is the only one where you have to be careful about which side at this point.  Make sure the vellum is inside the folds.  I glued the vellum with tape glue on the cardstock so that the glue isn’t visible.

Next fold the creases on each circle opposite the vellum.  I attempted to do this the other way so that the tabs tucked in.  It was a disaster.

Ball with the tabs tucked iin
Halloween ball with the tabs tucked in

You can see the gaps and uneven pieces.  If I had more patience maybe I could get it to work but that is NOT me.

Gluing
Once all the pieces are creased, start gluing them together.  A glue gun is best here.  It holds firmly and quickly.  Start at the bottom and work your way up alternating colors the best you can.  Put the glue on one tab for each pair of tiles.  Be sure that they are right side up.  It matters for some others it doesn’t.  You need to keep aware of which side is up. (Yes, I had to take it apart on several occasions because something was upside down.)
 
When you get to the top, only glue one side of the top piece to the ball.  That gives you a hatch to insert the light.  (Yes,I glued it all down and couldn’t then insert my light.)  Don’t worry it stays down because of the tight fit.
 
Once your Halloween Ball is done, turn on the light and put it inside through the hatch at the top and be amazed at how wonderful it looks!  I don’t hang my Halloween Ball but it wouldn’t be hard to attach a ribbon in the side of the top that you glued.

 

What to do with the Cutouts

I used the cutout pieces to make cards.  Here are some of them.  They are attached to marbleized cards that I will post how to do someday.