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DIY Christmas Luminaries: Candle Holders made from recycled tin cans

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 ! 🙂

handmade christmas luminaries

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 ! 🙂

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15 commentaires

  1. loveyangels says:

    Very nice, you are a very creative lady!

  2. منا says:

    thank you:)

  3. Celita says:

    I just have a question about the finished product. Did you paint the outside of the cans? They look like they are painted in the last picture. I’ve been trying to find a way to make candles in recycled tin cans, but I want to make the outside look better. Any ideas?
    Thanks so much,
    Celita Eden

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Celita,
      No I didn’t paint the cans at all, neither inside nor outside.
      If you want to paint them, I think you’d better paint before punching the holes. Otherwise, the paint will plug them.

  4. Chispita says:

    What a beautiful job!!! Congratulations for your creativity and thanks for share your idea.
    Karina from Formosa, Argentina! Kisses

    • Rachel says:

      It’s such a pleasure to know my crafts ideas travel from France to Argentina !
      Thank you for the visit on my blog, Karina. 🙂

  5. Patrick says:

    You mentioned above about painting them before you punch the holes because it will unplug them, but once you’ve painted them won’t the paint come off when you put them in the freezer?

    • Rachel says:

      I hadn’t thought about this problem ! But I think you’re right. The best is NOT to paint them ! 🙂

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  8. isabella says:

    Why do you fill with water and freeze?

  9. molly says:

    how did you prevent bottom of can from bulging when freezing? Mine did thanks

  10. Ninette says:

    Do you sell the cans?

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