Tap-light luminarias

Add a welcoming glow to pathways and entries with easy lanterns you can make yourself

Tap-light luminarias
Photo: Thomas J.

Put your own spin on the classic luminaria using battery-run tap lights.

These simple fixtures ― flat, battery-operated lights that turn on when tapped on top ― are sold in packages of six for about $20 at hardware stores and general merchandise stores.

Add your own embellishment by wrapping a piece of translucent rice paper around the base and taping the ends of the paper together with double-sided tape to form a cylinder.

Design: Dennis W. Leong

More outdoor lighting projects: 

Make hanging mesh lanterns

Make an outdoor chandelier

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