A free printable set of Santa Sleigh and reindeer luminaries, this budget friendly decor idea is a great way to create magical and cozy Christmas decor for your home.
We have been making more of these fun luminaries and, of course, I have the free printable for you! They are so easy and just take plain printer paper to make. We have had so much fun lighting them each of these evenings that get dark early and they make the whole house feel magical. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
To make these, you will need to be able to download the files and have a printer to print them. You can always save the file and take it in to a print shop as well.
- download and Print the luminaries printable set (linked below)
- exacto knife (I have this one)
- votive candles or battery operated votives (these are my favorite, but battery operated would be safer)
- tape (I use this one)
Step One: Download and Print Luminaries
I printed my Santa and trees reindeer set onto plain white computer paper- nothing fancy. You could certainly use thicker paper if you want to, but it won’t be as translucent and glow-y as the thinner paper.
Free printable files:
Step Two (optional): Cut Out Snowflakes
Below is a little step-by-step graphic I made for my other set- Christmas village luminaries. It gives you an idea of how to put together the luminaries.
On this Santa and reindeer set, you will want to cut out the snowflakes for the best end result. This step can be skipped if you are short on time or don’t want to use an exacto knife. The lanterns are still beautiful without doing any cutouts, however, I think it is so completely worth the extra effort. It only takes a few minutes and it adds so much texture, allowing more of the light to shine through. It just makes them extra glow-y and beautiful.
Step Three: Tape Together Luminaries
I added 3 pieces of tape along one side of the paper and rolled the paper back around on itself to form a circular tube, securing one end to the other. I overlapped the sides just slightly, maybe 1/2″ (just enough to cover the words printed on the edge), which made the tube more structurally sound. I linked the tape I like to use up above (it is less noticeable than other tapes) but really, any clear tape will do.
Step Four: Add a Light Source
I used real candles for mine, but if you are going to be using them for any length of time, or unsupervised, I would suggest using battery operated candles or fairy lights instead. I kept an eye on mine the entire time they were lit, and we actually ate dinner in the dark with these as our centerpiece. The house was all aglow and it was magical.
I hope you enjoy them, and I hope they make your home feel like magic too.