Cotton Candy Luminaries – Spring Cut Files

I hope you’re ready for a sugar rush because today’s design has “sweet” written all over it! Awaken your inner child with these adorable cotton candy luminaries.

Cotton Candy Luminaries

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Cotton Candy Luminaries

When I started this design, I was just going to make the table luminaries, but once I got the idea for a hanging version, I knew I had to do that one too! And I’m glad I did—they really dress up my Christmas lights nicely.

Supplies needed for this project include:

  • Cardstock
  • A Cutting Machine or X-Acto Knife
  • Vellum (or Dura-Lar Film would work too—you just need something the light can shine through)
  • Glue
  • Cotton Balls
  • Fabric Dye or Spray Paint
  • My Free Template
  1. Cut out all the pieces using your cutting machine or X-Acto knife. Layer the matching pieces together and attach with glue.
  2. If you are dying your cotton balls, follow the directions on your die pigment, squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible, and leave them to dry overnight. If you are using spray paint, your drying time will be shorter.
  3. Glue the colored cotton balls to the vellum pieces. Finish assembling the table luminaries by folding along the score lines, adding a bit of glue to the top/inside, and pinching the tops together. Finish assembling the hanging luminaries by folding along the score lines, adding a bit of glue to the bottom/inside, and pinching the bottoms together.

Cotton Candy Luminaries

To be honest, I had no idea if dying the cotton balls was going to work or not, but I wanted to try it out. So, I gave it a go with some Rit fabric dye! When I took the cotton balls out of the water initially, I was sure it wasn’t going to work. I had to flatten them and squeeze them over and over to wring them out. They looked like little pancakes by the time I was done. But, I left them to dry all night; and, when I woke up in the morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had puffed right back up once all the water had evaporated!

And just look at them—they look just like cotton candy now!

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Once these were all put together, I was worried that the light wouldn’t shine through the cotton very well. And, to be honest, it is a little more difficult to see the light in the table luminaries (especially in a well-lit room), but it actually shines through the hanging versions quite well!

Cotton Candy Luminaries

I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!

Enjoy making your very own cotton candy luminaries! I hope you have as much fun putting them together as I did. Be sure to share your super cute results with me on Instagram!

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2 Comments

2 Comments on Cotton Candy Luminaries – Spring Cut Files

  1. MrsB8T
    March 16, 2022 at 6:54 am (2 months ago)

    So cute and realistic. I wouldn’t be able to handle it though without some real cotton candy around lol

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    • Mandee
      March 16, 2022 at 10:59 am (2 months ago)

      Luckily I had a stash prepared! 😉

      Reply

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