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

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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

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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

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

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

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

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

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