|Unique Tin Can Candle Holders
by Jeremy Gauthier
Ah yes the good old Tin Can. The tin can has been around for years,
providing many different projects to be made from tin cans. They are one of
the most versatile mediums for crafts, besides wood and foam. Best part
about them, they are cheap. Tin cans can be used to make all kinds of candle
holders, providing a unique touch to your home or garden. In this article,
we will share some ideas on how to make interesting and unique candle
holders out of tin cans.
There are two primary size tin cans, soup cans and coffee cans. Both offer a
wide variety of different craft ideas. Tin cans can be cut, punched,
painted, weathered and modified in multiple ways. They can be set on top of
a table or hung out in the garden.
Let’s start with the basics. Most people will decide to punch holes into the
can, which is the easiest. However you can use any type of cutting tools. A
drill is handy, but even better is a Dremel tool. But for those who will be
using a hammer or even a drill, let’s start there. Before you start
anything, fill the can with water and freeze it. This will allow you to
punch holes easier, with out bending the can.
It always helps to have some kind of plan or design in your head or on
paper. In fact drawing the design out on paper allows you to modify it and
then tape it around the tin can as a template. Think about weather or not
you may want to paint the tin can or weather proof it for outside garden
One example of a design is a simple western motif. Download of a silhouette
graphic of a dog howling at the moon. With the Dremal tool cut out the scene
on the tin can. After painting it black and punching two holes at the top,
you can hang it in a garden. Simpler designs would include punch out designs
such as creating a bunch of tiny wholes to create a night sky effect.
Patterns also look great.
Once you have cut out a design, painting time can finish the look of your
candle holder. Allot of times I'll choose black, because the light will
shine through better at night or in a dim room. A light blue and white to
match your kitchen décor will add a unique touch. You can add almost any
type of embellishing to the can, such as colored stones or ribbon.
For those of you who want a more elaborate candle holder, try the larger
coffee cans. They provide a larger area to work with. One idea for the
larger cans is to cut wholes about half inch in diameter and attach pieces
of stained or any colored glass on the inside of the can. You could create
an entire stained glass tin can candle holder. The larger cans are also
great for outdoors. Their large base is perfect for decks and walk ways, as
they will not tip over easily.
By cutting slits down the sides of cans you can bend the edges downward,
creating nice flared out look. Just remember to file down the edges, they
will be sharp. For an added flare, twist the ends with a pair of pliers.
There is a lot you can do with this method and even adding other cut out
pieces to the cans. You could create angled top for the can, just like a
With a little bit of imagination and paint, you can turn any tin can into
something worth putting on a table or mantle. So experiment and have fun.
Don't worry about messing up; I'm sure you have plenty of cans lying around.
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Written by: Michelle and Jeremy Gauthier -
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