How to Make Wire Mesh Luminaries

These easy-to-make wire mesh luminaries will add a soft glow to any wintry outdoor space.

DIY Outdoor Metal Luminaries 01:21

Use aluminum sheet metal to make these beautiful outdoor luminaries.

Materials Needed

  • 12x24" decorative aluminum sheeting
  • vellum paper
  • craft knife
  • spray adhesive
  • (4) 1" screws
  • (4) washers
  • (4) wing nuts
  • battery-operated touch light

Mist Panel With Spray Adhesive

Mist the back of the metal panel with spray adhesive, moving back and forth in even, controlled spurts.

Step 1: Mist Panel With Spray Adhesive

Step 1: Mist Panel With Spray Adhesive

Mist the metal panel’s backside with spray adhesive by holding the can 8 inches from the surface of the panel, then moving back and forth in even, controlled spurts.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Attach Paper to Panel

Roll the vellum paper out on a flat surface, and lay the metal panel sticky side down on top. Then, using a craft knife, cut any excess vellum paper away.

Step 2: Attach Paper to Panel

Step 2: Attach Paper to Panel

Roll the vellum paper out on a flat surface and lay the metal panel sticky side down, on top of it. Then, using a craft knife cut any excess vellum paper away.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Bend Panel Into Cylinder

Once the adhesive is dry, bend the panel into a cylinder with the vellum paper on the inside. Line up the panel's decorative grid so there's space to push the screws through.

Step 3: Bend Panel Into Cylinder

Step 3: Bend Panel Into Cylinder

Once the adhesive is dry, bend the panel into a cylinder with the vellum paper on the inside. Line up the panel’s decorative grid so that there’s space to push the screws through.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Secure With Screws

Push the screw through a washer, then push through the vellum paper and metal panel. Secure the connection with a wingnut on the inside of the cylinder. Screw together at each end and once in the middle so the cylinder properly holds its shape.

Step 4: Secure With Screws

Step 4: Secure With Screws

Push the screw through a washer, then push through the vellum paper and metal panel. Secure the connection with a wingnut on the inside of the cylinder. Screw together at each end and once in the middle so that the cylinder properly holds its shape.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Add Touch Light

Turn on the battery-operated touch light and place inside the cylinder.

Step 5: Add Touch Light

Step 5: Add Touch Light

Turn the battery powered touch light on and place inside the cylinder.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Finish

Make several more luminaries to line your exterior walkway throughout the holiday season.

DIY Mesh Luminaries

DIY Mesh Luminaries

These easy to make Mesh Luminaries add a soft glow to any outdoor space.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

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