We loved these great luminaria (shown below) that Kelly Wilkinson shared on A Practical Wedding so much that we wanted to share them with you here, too! They are so budget friendly and easy to do, and create such a nice ambiance….that’s a win in our books! Kelly lays out a more detailed tutorial…if you feel like you need extra instruction I definitely recommend it. But basically, you just iron some foliage or petals (or whatever else that’s flat) between wax paper, cut them into equal panels (we just traced a template), tape the panels together using washi or scotch tape, and then we hot glued some little balsa wood sticks for added support, but you don’t have to… (The balsa wood sticks are super cheap and available at most craft stores. You could also use little twigs though if you want them to look more rustic.)


Top set of images photographed by Ali Harper // Last image: Kelly Wilkinson via A Practical Wedding


Comments (20)

Baby Shower Invitations | Reply

Thanks for sharing this brilliant tutorial!

Cristina | Reply

Wow! Awesome!

Quinn Video | Reply

This is a super cool and cheap way to add value to your wedding!

Powerbrides | Reply

What a great idea!

Wedding Invitations | Reply

This is fabulous! I’m definitely going to try it out. Thanks for sharing! :D

Jennifer | Reply

Great tutorial…thanks for sharing! This is really pretty, and could easily be modified to fit a different theme. Besides, DIY weddings really cut down on the cost. I would love to experiment with something different than plants in there as well.

lisa | Reply

where did you find the tutorial?

serena | Reply

the wax paper doesnt melt from the tea light?? or catch fire???

Helen | Reply

I would use either battery powered tea lights or a small candle in a glass jar.

Ellen Taylor | Reply

Fabulous lanterns! tfs

sofia | Reply

Wow! Wow! Wow! Amazing and beautiful! Love these!

Paula | Reply

Love them,so many ideas’

Paula | Reply

Beautiful and personal

Online Invitations | Reply

I was planning on getting some sky lanterns for my wedding but due to fire hazards, I had to think for a safer alternative. So glad I found your page! Really cool designs!

jw | Reply

I’d like to know how to make these in more detail plz. Also Where do I purchase the stuff to make it ?

Sandra | Reply

What website sells wax paper? I am in Brazil and would like to purchase this paper.
You can tell me?
I want to do in my marriage

Melissa | Reply


Wax paper is also known as parchment paper. It is used for baking and may be found locally with other baking supplies, such as aluminium foil. You can also find it on

Pamela | Reply

Hello, I just wanted to make a quick note to correct Melissa’s statement. Wax paper and parchment paper are NOT the same thing. Wax paper is literally Waxed Paper. Parchment paper is Silicone and paper. Parchment paper will not melt and meld the way the wax paper needs to to make this craft.

As for Jennifer’s comment about experimenting with different themes, try different colored crayon shavings. You can vary the color and density of shavings for a different look and can achieve everything from a pastel color wash to a bright tye-dye pattern!

Hope you enjoy.

Nina | Reply

Pamela, thanks for your comment. I have been looking for the longest, for a recipe to make ‘botanical’ lamp shades out of pressed flowers and wax paper (which I remember fondly from my childhood). But I read that wax paper, unlike parchment, is flammable, and it concerna me. I am cautious when it comes to anything flammable. One has to be mindful of the size of bulb and the distance from the bulb to the shade, but I don’t have exact guidelines. I don’t know if parchment paper would work in the same way that the wax paper would, to fuse the flowers w/ the paper. So, am not sure what to do. Any ideas?
Many thanks, Nina