I want to show you the Christmas tin can luminaries I made a few days ago with recycled food cans that I kept in my freezer…
Why in my freezer ? Because, when i emptied them, I washed them, filled them with water and placed them in freezer for the water to solidifie to ice for this craft !
For this easy ans unexpensive Christmas craft, you just need empty tin cans (I used the smallest I have, so that the candle don’t heat the metal.) Then, you need a hammer, a nail or a screw (my nail punched square holes !)
For the first luminaries I made (for Halloween) I had drawn the designs with a permanent marker, but for these ones, I just drew designs on a paper and decided to punch the design freehand.
There is the way I proceed : I lay the can on a folded dish towel to help holding it in place and to reduce the sound of the hammer, dry it out for the screw not to slide and then, I tap holes quite close together to draw the tree, gift, ornament and other Christmas pictures I decide to “draw”. (The ice prevents the can to dent in.)
To have the ice melt, I placed the tins in a big bowl filled with water… and got beautiful ice cubes, perfect for a bottle of Champagne ! (The same day was my birthday ! )
When tins are dry, just put tealight candles inside each of them and lit to enjoy the candlelight shining out of the holes !
I love these luminaries that add little sparkles anywhere in the house ! I think I’ll have new ones in a few days for New Year’s Eve !