Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tool Time Tuesday...Cutting Board Luminaria

I love Tool Time, but I also love a thrifty Tool Time. This little project is so easy and starts with a cheap, cheap cutting board from the Dollar Tree Store...

Cutting Board Luminaria

These flexible cutting boards come 2 per package for $1.00 in the Dollar Tree's kitchen section. I'm sure other stores carry them too.

This is a great deal with 2 per package.

You can get 2 large luminaria or 4 small for $1.00

Here's all you need...

  • plastic cutting board
  • hole punch
  • metal brads

On both short ends, measure a center dot 1/2 inch from the edge and 2 more near the corners.

Trace holes on the other end, so they are in the same spots.

Punch with hole punch.

Bring together to form a tube.

You will need metal brads or screws with turning nuts to secure.

Add brads to each hole.

Close up

Inside view of brad folded out to secure.

The tube fits perfectly over a candle jar.

You could also punch decorative holes all over if you'd like.

Ok, the candle in this picture looks like the whole thing is going to burst into flames, but it really was just a small flame. Lol

Tall one...

Short one...

To make a short one, all you need to do is cut the cutting board in half lengthwise.

Punch 2 holes and secure the same way.

The short ones are great for the walkway for holiday luminaries. Much safer than the bags.

Little glass votives are great for this. The tube prevents the wind from blowing out the candle.

Great for a bedside night light too!!

No candle...just a battery powered tap light!!

WARNING...As with any item using a candle, PLEASE be careful using a flame next to anything flammable.

You can also use the battery powered candles to be safe.

You can also CLICK HERE for a similar project I did a long time ago with a plastic placemat.

Happy Tuesday,

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  1. How utterly stylish and wonderfully inexpensive!! blessings x

  2. Uauhhhh Karen!!.
    That's a great idea for the candles!!!. There is no excuse to have no candles at home.

    Thank you so much.


  3. How do you think of all these ideas.....?? this is brilliant, I'll definitely try it, thanks x

  4. This is such a clever idea! I def need to do this for Christmas :)

  5. Good Morning Karen, You are so inventive, what a marvellous idea. I really feel it is time a publisher contacted you so that you can write a book about all these marvellous ideas you are sharing with us as it would certainly sell like "hot cakes". I am going to see if I can find these cutting boards in our pound shops. Thank you for another wonderful idea. Best Wishes Daphne

  6. Love the idea of using these as Luminares !
    Another great idea...thank you !

  7. Love these. Now about the ones outside.....it may keep the wind from blowing out the candle but what keeps the wind from blowing it away. I would think you would need a larger jar to keep it anchored. I have some of the cutting boards, and the brads so I will be trying them right away....well I will finish my coffee first. :-)

  8. Great idea! Heading off to the Dollar Tree... :)

  9. Great idea Karen, but living in New Mexico I love seeing the traditional luminarias or farolitos this time of year. There is something so magical seeing the paper bags aglow with candles lined up along walkways and along walls. There are many stunning displays all over the state. Check these out: https://www.google.com/search?q=luminarias&hl=en&tbo=d&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Sda0UN2zDK2ByAH9nYDoDQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAA&biw=1144&bih=607

  10. Love this idea - quick, simple, and cheap! I have several of the cutting mats which I use for crafting on. They're a perfect size, movable, and can take cutting, paint, and glue.


  11. Love this! I am definitely using this idea to make walkway luminaries this holiday season. Thanks so much!!

  12. Love this! I am definitely using this idea to make walkway luminaries this holiday season. Thanks so much!!

  13. What a lovely idea, thank you for sharing. Good week for you



  14. I love this idea. It looks loke it reflects light better.

  15. You're just too clever!!!! ;D
    Thanks so much for the idea.

  16. Karen, I love luminarias! Last year I invested in a couple of cases of canning jars. I put sand in the bottom and a tea light in each one. They are my luminarias! Tea lights are so cheap I can put them on as many nights as I like. I use my long grill lighting lighter to get them all glowing. I just take the tea lights out and put the jars back on the cardboard case for storage. You can stack them easily and no need to cover.

  17. Why not use a page hole maker...the type that punches three holes at a time? No worries about spacing on the plastic.

  18. That is just so clever, Karen! What a great way to disguise those jar candles that have burned down kind of low and are getting dark. Love this!

  19. Clever approach...it`s very helpful to reduce effort and get maximum results....
    Plastic cards

  20. Just a few days after reading this post, I bought a CL pendant light from the 50s. The kind that has a plastic insert between the bulb and metal cutout exterior. It glows when you turn it on, so very cool. Well, the old plastic tube was browned and not very pretty anymore. Solution?? Your plastic cutting map luminaria!!! The cutting mat works beautifully and produces such a soft glow. That light is the vintage bomb! Thank you!!

    1. I just made this luminaria before work this morning. So easy and so very pretty!! More on the way...


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