Monday, April 26, 2010

Tin Can Tea Lights

When we made our recycled wind chime out of the lids and bottoms of tin cans, we were left with the bodies of the cans. We could have just tossed them in the recycling bin, but where's the fun in that? We turned to an idea given to us by our crafty friend Jill, who told us about making tea light covers out of them instead!

What you need:
  • tin cans
  • permanent marker
  • petroleum jelly (optional)
  • hammer
  • nail
First we washed out our cans.

Then using our marker, we marked out designs using dots. Be as creative as you'd like!

Next, we filled the cans with water until they were almost full. Since the cans we were using had no bottoms, we put a thick layer of petroleum jelly on a small plate, then put the cans on top. This created a seal so the water didn't leak out (if the cans you use have bottoms, you can obviously skip that part). Then we put our cans in the freezer.

Once the water in the cans was frozen, we took the cans out and began to hammer out our dotted designs. The ice inside the cans acts as resistance, so the can won't crumble and dent when you hammer it.

When we finished hammering out our designs, we ran the cans under warm water to melt the ice, then gave the cans a coat of bright paint! Cute right?

But we think they look even better when they have a tea light inside them and are lit up!
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38 comments:

  1. ICE!!! Always wondered what the secret was to avoid denting the cans!! Very clever

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  2. Very cool! These would make pretty luminaries at Christmas time to line the walkway.
    Thanks for the idea.
    Blessings,
    Kim

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  3. So, so COOL! And the ice is downright clever!

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  4. OMG OMG OMG You are totally brilliant! What a simple idea! I have been pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to punch a design into a round tin can (that I haven't cut and flattened). I have thought of using them as lanterns but absolutely stumped as to how to punch the design short of finding a metal cylinder just the right size! Thank you, than you, thank you!!!

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  5. So fun, i love them, this craft has endless possibilities. I will be featuring them on my blog tomorrow. Thanks

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  6. Very cute idea & the green is so pretty : )

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  7. Love this one! This recycled art would be great in the bathroom for candle lit baths.

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  8. I have this on my to do list for a long time! Love your version, keeps me really determined to make me some too!

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  9. Fantastic I did not know ice was the magic ticket. It will make life so much easier next time we make these.

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  10. how pretty!!!! i have been saving all my cans and now I know exactly what to do with them!!

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  11. Those are cute! The ice trick is genius.

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  12. How creative!! So cute! Thanks for linking up!!

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  13. very pretty and sweet and a fantastic idea to reuse something that otherwise gets tossed in the recycle bin.

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  14. Wow, you are so smart!! They are beautiful and economical!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  15. Found your post at Beyond the Picket Fence. I love these! Would be great for a summer evening cookout!

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  16. This looks like it would be a fun (supervised) craft for the kids.

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  17. Our former art teacher and her students used to make these out of large cans, place them around the school properties with lighted candles in them as luminaries for special events. They were gorgeous.

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  18. The ice is a fabulous idea! Thanks for the tutorial - I'll have to remember to start saving those cans.

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  19. Nothing cuter on a summer night! LOVE it!
    Thank you so much for joining in the Tales from Bloggeritaville Thrifty Thursday! I appreciate you joining in the party!

    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  20. So pretty and simple too! I like the color you chose, thanks for sharing!

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  21. Graduation party on the lake coming up and these will be PERFECT painted in school colors!

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  22. Love this idea! How could would these be outside on the patio or for cheap party decor! Great job!

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  23. Looks simple enough. Have to try. Visiting from HodgePodge Friday. Nice stopping by. Following.

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  24. I'm going to have to try this.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

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  25. I LOVE THIS!! They look absolutely fantastic! Definitely going to make these. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    Jill

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  26. Okay, the ice idea is brilliant. Those came out so cute. I will definitely be giving that a try!!
    :-)

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  27. These are fabulous! What a clever and creative idea! Would love to have you stop by the Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance! I have a ton of empty cans and these would be so pretty on the deck! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. They are so pretty all lit up at night!

    Best wishes and happy week,
    Natasha.

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  29. Hi...

    Love this craft idea! Ohh...the possibilties...the different patterns that could be used! Thanks for the tutorial...loved it!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your fun crafting ideas with us for Sunday Favorites this week!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  30. Love this idea! They are fabulous glowing! Thanks again for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hope to see you again next Sunday! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  31. What a great idea. SO cool! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

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  32. I'll have to do these with my daughter - she would love this! Great idea @ the ice - never thought of that! Glad I found your blog today! -diane

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  33. What a wonderful idea for craft for teens ! Love the lights for outside(awesome!)
    hugs

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