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Lunch bag luminarias for some Halloween magic.

Lunch bag luminarias for some Halloween magic

As quick to assemble as a sack lunch, these lunch bag luminarias can create some fanciful magic for Halloween spooks en route to your front door. We used 7-inch-wide brown paper bags for the witch, raccoon, and cat lanterns. The rest were fashioned from glazed gift bags available at stationery or party supply stores for about 50 cents apiece.

For each luminaria, you'll need a brown, white, or pastel lunch or gift bag; a 6 1/2- by 11-inch piece of cardboard; wide felt-tip pens (plus a thinner black one for outlining); scissors; a pencil; a craft knife; sand (about 1 cup per bag); and a small, squat candle about 2 inches high.

First, slip the cardboard into the bag to back your drawing surface and prevent the inks from bleeding through to the other side. Next, mark a design in pencil, then color with pens, outlining large areas in black and leaving a few expanses free of color (see faces, crescent moon).

Let ink dry, remove cardboard, then cut top of bag around design (jester's cap, devil's horns). Also cut small holes for details, such as eyes and teeth. Fill bag with an inch of sand; place candle inside.

These luminarias were inspired by Carol Heinz and Claire Covington of Menlo Park, California.

Photo: Glowing with the light of tiny candles nestled safely inside, lunch bag luminarias bring Halloween to your door. Right, he colors in design with felt-tip pen. Light penetrates most brightly through holes cut into paper and areas left free of color
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