Star-Spangled Luminarias


Can’t get to the fireworks? These festive luminarias let you light up the night right in your own front yard.
Tissue paper, red and blue
Brown-paper lunch bags
Star-shaped stickers and star punch
Tea light or votive candles
Cut a star from cardboard (ours was 2 1/2 inches from point to point) and use it as a template to cut other stars from red and blue tissue paper.
Glue the stars to the insides of lunch bags with a dab or two from a glue stick. For a bit more pop, add other small star-shaped stickers on the inside and perforate the sides with a star paper punch.
Fill each bag with 2 to 3 inches of sand and sink a tea light or votive candle into the sand. Place the luminarias in a spot outside where you can keep an eye on them, and light the candles. (Tip for parents: To avoid scorching your forearm, light a piece of uncooked spaghetti and use it to light the candles.)
From inside the bags, the tissue paper stars will cast a red and blue glow guaranteed to shine on long after the twilight’s last gleaming.

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