Make a Woodland Luminary - The Magic Onions

Make a Woodland Luminary

It’s fun to eat dinner in the dark. In the summer time, Teddy and Kitty have to go to sleep when it’s still light outside. But, in the winter time, it gets dark at around 5 and we can enjoy a lighted candle or luminary on the dinner table.

We had fun today, making a new woodland luminary for our table.

We started with a sheet of watercolor paper. I drew a birch tree and a huge family of owls in permanent marker. Kitty colored it in.

Each owl a new color.

When it was colored in beautifully, we placed the whole page on a tray and painted it with olive oil.

The oil sinks into the watercolor paper and makes it wonderfully transparent so that the candlelight glows golden through it.

When the paper was nicely saturated with oil, we used a paper towel to remove the excess oil. It was amazing for Kitty to see how the oil ‘set’ the colors and made them even brighter than before.

Then we used our hot glue gun to stick the two end of the paper together, forming a tube. We lit a tea-light and admired how beautifully golden our handmade luminary glows.

Our new luminary adds to the warmth of our cozy new Sunny House.

Blessings and magic,


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Print Friendly, PDF & Email


Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

More Posts


  1. Hi Donni,
    This looks like a great idea!
    Does the oil ‘cure’, or is it always rather oily to touch? Is there any danger of catching alight?
    Sandy in the UK

  2. A friend mentioned your website to me ages ago but life got so busy and hectic I never got a chance to stop by. I have popped in several times now and just love what you do! This owl light is adorable. I can see I will be making one in the near future! I have recently done a Waldorf post and I have linked to your site for a few activities :)

  3. Beautiful! I love the owl motif, and this is a genius idea.

  4. Just beautiful! I enjoy your blog so very much!

  5. What a gorgeous idea! At the moment, we eat breakfast and supper while it’s still dark outside. This would make a lovely addition to the table. Did Kitty use ordinary pencils or are they watercolour pencils? Simply beautiful.

  6. Beautiful! Our luminatory:
    Thank you!

  7. Those owls are so sweet!

  8. I didn’t know oil did that, what a good idea. Could use the spoilt ones to light the fire.

  9. beautiful!

  10. Love this idea! How simple, yet so beautiful!

Leave a Reply to Cheryl Cancel reply