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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fall Luminaries

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Fall is my favorite season! The crisp autumn air, the vibrant colors all around and the bountiful harvest make it a wonderful time of the year. This is the best time to celebrate mother nature's beauty! The bright blue skies, the colorful leaves, and the vivid changes all around is simply breathtaking:

 To me it is also the unofficial start of the holiday season, with Halloween and  Thanksgiving just round the corner. It is the season for crafting, baking and feasting.
I am loving these paper bag luminaries:
 No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace

       As I have seen in one autumnal face.~ John Donne
Crafted from paper bags with a silhouette image from our favorite "Fairy"... these luminaries were so much fun to make. However, I will never leave these paper luminaries unattended with the candles burning inside. Using battery operated tea-lights instead is a better and safer option especially when used indoors.
 Click HERE for the silhouette image:
I saved the image and did some editing in Microsoft Word to adjust the size of the image to fit the paper bag.
Next, I glued the image with Elmer's Glue to the inside center of the paper bag:
 Made a few holes at the top with my handy-dandy hole puncher, weaved some black check ribbon, poured some sand into the paper bags to weigh them down and placed my votive holders inside:
They were easy, inexpensive, and so much fun! For now, they look beautiful on my dining room window seat. But I am thinking other possibilities... maybe  a group of them lining my driveway for Halloween or as a centerpiece for my dining table with different colored  chiffon ribbons.....hmmm....endless possibilities:

I love silhouette images and working with them. So my thanks to Karen, my fairy muse for making it so easy to find these elegant images:

"The falling leaves drift by my window
The falling leaves of red and gold......the days grow long and soon I'll hear old winter's song.... When autumn leaves start to fall..."
I wrapped a pair of silk autumn leaves around each votive holder and tied it with raffia:

Fall Vignette in the day:
 Vignette at Dusk:
 Vignette at night:
"Every season hath its pleasures; Spring may boast her flowery prime, Yet the vineyard's ruby treasures brighten Autumn's sob'rer time" ~Thomas Moore

The ambiance and mood created by these leaf-wrapped votive candles is so enchanting:

Happy Autumn everyone! I hope you liked peeking at my fall luminaries.Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments. Your loving thoughts always make me smile. Please, stop by and visit the links below as I party with these wonderfully creative ladies:

Savvy Seasons by Liz: Autumn Arrives Party

Bunny Jean's Bunny Hop Party

The Tablescaper: Seasonal Sundays 
Debbiedoo's: Newbie party 
Between Naps On The Porch: Metamorphosis Monday
The House in the Roses: Show Off Your Cottage Monday 
Dittle Dattle: Amaze Me Monday
Be Colorful: Motivated Monday


  1. have been busy! Very nice!! Looks like Fall is coming to your home!

  2. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Idea's for the fall are Beautiful !! The paper bags with the silhouette are so vintage, then you had added the luminaries you did a great job!!
    I hope you have a great weekend.
    XXOO Diane

  3. Poppy,
    Your luminaries are FABULOUS! What an awesome idea! I so love them. Now I want to try that. I haven't thought of using these inside. I don't know why, they look spectacular. Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home! You are so smart and creative!


  4. your paper bag and leaf lanterns look amazing!! love the colours in the tree too. thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. Beautiful fall decor, Poppy. I love those luminaries, especially the silhouette idea.

  6. Love the leaves tied around the candles. Beautiful. I also love silhoettes, your bags are faboulous.
    Thanks for stopping by to see my fall living room and leaving such a nice comment.

  7. Poppy you are so creative and clever in your decorating. I adore those luminaries, they are really neat. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  8. OK, I've so been dragging my heels about entering Fall, but your post is enticing me. I love how you tied the leaves around the votives. And the luminaries are spectacular.Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  9. I love all your beautiful autumn ideas and your blog. I found you from the Newbie Party and am now following.

    The back ground photo of the beach looks like Hilton Head, SC, but the waves are a bit large. Where is this?

    Stop by for a visit real soon...


  10. Great Fall decor, especially the luminaries! Totally would do this too, if I weren't so afraid I'd burn down my house. I don't do too well with fire! Lol! Visiting for the first time via Debbiedoo's Newbie Linky Party. Great blog. I'm now a follower. Swing by my blog anytime!

  11. that looks wonderful all aglow at night! beautiful.

  12. Wonderful fall decoration, Poppy. The silhouette luminaries are wonderful. Thank you for sharing and linking up to Amaze Me Monday.

  13. I really love your decor and the luminaries are great.

  14. HI Poppy! Oh, those luminaries are beautiful! We used to live in New Mexico and luminaries were very traditional for the outside of your home for Christmas but they were never as pretty as yours! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. Definitely charmed by all of your fall decor. The luminaries are delightful. Nothing creates ambience like candlelight. Thanks for linking to Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  16. Hi Poppy,
    LOVE the silouette luminary bags, that is so so clever, beautiful! Thnaks for the fun idea! I am your newest follower:-)

  17. Vibrant fall post! Love those warm colours. Hope to see you on my blog:)

  18. Such a creative post, Poppy! Thanks for sharing with us and enjoy your day.


  19. You really got me in the mood for Fall decorating now. I can't wait to get mine started. Thanks for sharing at my Sizzle into Summer party - next week it will be renamed!!

  20. This post is the first one I've seen that has made me excited for Fall...THANK YOU!!!

  21. fall is my favorite season too, but we are still 100 degrees and i have 2 months to go :(

  22. That is a beautiful vignette. I love the silhouette luminaries & the votives dressed with fall leaves. I'm your newest follower.
    :) CAS

  23. Wow, I am so impressed by all this beauty! It really brings in the warmth of the season. You are a talented woman. I saw your comment on another blog and stopped by and am a new follower. Vicky @

  24. Hi Poppy! The luminaries were a brilliant idea. And I think I have to be a copy cat now. I really love it. I love your leaf wrapped votives too. Such pretty vignettes.

    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Tracy (you new follower)

  25. So many great ideas here, Poppy. I love your luminaries. The silhouettes are very pretty and the leaf surrounded votives are very creative...Christine

  26. Your luminaries are so creative, Poppy! The silhouettes are so unique. Your Fall touches all look so festive!

    Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you, sweet friend!

  27. Your luminaries are the most elegant I've ever seen and how cute are the votives with the leaves and raffia. Thanks for the instructions for how to make the luminaries. Gosh, they could be used for any time of year. Happy Fall.

  28. Your fall luminaries are absolutely stunning! It looks like something from a magazine and I just love how you did the ribbon at the top for that extra special touch. :-) Thanks so much for sharing them at Inspiration Friday this week!

  29. Everything looks fabulous! I love luminaries and your idea of the battery tea light is a great one!

  30. Hi Poppy! Just shared this on our facebook page and put it up on Pinterest. So cute!!


  31. WOW Love these luminaries. An using battery candles is the safest way to go, that was such a great tip.
    I think I am going to line my walkway for halloween night.
    Happy Fall

  32. Oh Poppy, I just love the luminaries..fabulous! Thank you for sharing the image and for linking to the Open House party.

  33. They are sooo lovely,from the comment it's also so obvious everybody seems impressed. Congradulations and thank you for your inspirations. :))

  34. Your luminaries and votives with leaves are beautiful! I love all your vignettes. You are so creative!!

  35. I just love fall candles when they are burning. I think is must be the warm colors. You were very creative... Thanks for sharing at my party!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

  36. Beautiful, Poppy!!! I love both of your new and very creative vignettes! Hmmm...wonder if I could use those anywhere in my house, I will think on that. Hugs, Cindy

  37. Poppy,

    I dont how I missed this post but so glad I refound it.

    I am amazed by how you did all that so beautifully done loved all of them.

    Karin Şen Cankan

  38. Hi Poppy~
    What a great post. I don't know why I've never thought of decorating with luminaries, but what a fabulous idea. I love the fall leaves scatted about and the fall pumpkins. I really like the votives with the leafs tied around, such a darling idea! Thanks for sharing and linking up! XO ~Liz

  39. Great candle projects! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn Décor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!


Thanks for stopping by and for your loving thoughts. They make me smile!Hugs~Poppy