How-to: Make Halloween luminaries from empty CD cases
By CG Lifestyles & People Editor Neal Patten
Halloween is so close it’s scary and I have been asked by several people, “how did you decorate your house for trick-or-treaters?” The answer to that question being, “not at all – I am too broke for that!”
On second thought, however, I realized there are low-cost alternatives to buying new décor. There are many items around your house begging to be repurposed into ghoulish delights.
When digital music formats overtook physical, many people were quick to import their disc-based albums onto their computers and subsequently abandon the CDs forever. For me, this has left a pile of “useless” disc cases floating around my room for years. Besides for the random mixed tape I have made for friends and needed a container for, these plastic shells have done little other than occupy space. Even so, I haven’t had the heart to toss them into the trash.
I transformed two empty CD cases into a spooky cool luminary. I had half of the supplies already on hand and the extra supplies only cost around $5. The assembly process took ten minutes and the result was boo-tiful!
Let me show you how to make your own:
1. Gather supplies
2. Practice drawing
3. Transfer your design
4. Create a silhouette
These luminaries will look great on your porch to greet the imps and goblins who come knocking for goodies.
The fun of this project is its versatility. You can draw anything you want for one side, cut out any sort of silhouette for the other. Another option is to use paint (try glow paint!) or stickers. Think about designs that will play tricks with the light. If you use battery-operated tea lights you can make these as night lights for little siblings. You can also use all the same supplies to make a candle holder out of a mason jar.
Hands-on projects make holidays more fun, especially when they can be created on a pocket change budget.