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How to Make a Candle Holder Using a Tin Can


Tin Can Luminary Craft

Tin Can Luminary Craft

Sherri Osborn
Learn how easily you can create a unique candle holding out of an empty tin can. All you need, besides a can and a candle, is a hammer, a nail, and a pattern.

  • Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes + (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

You can use any size can for this project. Wash your can well, removing the label. Measure your can so you know how big of a design to draw. Fill your tin can with water, leaving about an inch of room from the top edge. Put the can of water into the freeze and leave until the water is frozen solid. The luminary will be made by tapping holes into the sides of the can with a hammer and nail; by freezing water in the can, it helps the can to keep it's shape while the nail is pounded into it.

While your can is freezing! you can plan your design on paper. Using the measurements you took, cut a piece of paper that would fit around your can. Draw out a design on the paper. If you prefer, you can also make up a design as you go.

Once the water in your can is frozen, you are ready to make your luminary. If you drew out a design, tape it around the can. Use the hammer and nail to tap holes into the can and ice. Follow the lines of your design, making sure to leave space between the holes. When your design is complete, remove your pattern and let the ice melt.

Make sure the can is dry. Place a candle into the can and light it. Step back and look at the wonderful design. These tin can luminaries can be used for any special occasion simply by choosing a suitable design. Make them for holidays, birthday parties, graduation, parties, and more.

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