How To Make A Tin Can Luminary

I made a decision to make luminaries for Christmas this year. You can choose any basic design to transfer onto your tin can. I used a favorite clip art program o-n my computer to look for simple Christmas types to print out. I opt for Xmas tree, a...

A container can luminary is a fun, easy art project for all ages. They are great for any vacation and only limited by your imagination! You can transfer any simple form onto a tin can to create a beautiful candle holder for any situation.

I thought we would make luminaries for Christmas this season. You can choose any simple design to transfer on your tin can. I used a favorite clipart pro-gram on my computer to find simple Christmas designs to print out. I chose a snowman, a Xmas tree, and a pair of gingerbread men.

Here is what you have to get started:

Empty tin cans (washed and brands eliminated)

Design to transfer onto can


Big nail


Bowl towel

If you freeze some water in it It is best to punch the holes in your tin can first. Fill the can with water, making 1/4 inch space at the top for the ice to grow. Place in freezer until frozen. Your can might bulge only a little at the bottom while in the fridge, but you can use the hammer to flatten out the bottom of the can after you remove the snow.

You should freeze a few more cups then you think you'll need in case you make a mistake and have to start once again.

After the snow has frozen, take the tin can from the fridge and tape your design for the can. I used packing tape, nevertheless you also can use duct tape. The tape won't stick to the cold can, however you can put the tape all the way around the can so it will stick to the report.

If you do not have a design on paper, you can also attract a design on the can freehand with a permanent marker. You can even just punch the look freehand without drawing it first.

Lay the can on the folded dish towel and so the towel will catch the ice-chips that attempt to escape. It'll also hold the can in place. Utilising the hammer and nail, touch holes across the border of one's style, trying to punch holes consistently and perhaps not too close together. You want an easy style in order that when you see just the holes in the can you will be able to tell what it is!

After punching the holes, eliminate the paper and tape and admire your style. It is really so easy! Also punch two holes at the the surface of the can, If you intend to hang your luminary. Should people wish to get more about, we recommend thousands of databases you could investigate. You can make a handle out of wire (from a art store) or a wire coat hanger.

Place the tin can under running heated water to melt the snow. Dry the can with a towel and position a votive candle in underneath. You'll need a long lighter or match to light the candle.

To help enhance your tin can luminary, you can spray paint the can any color you wish. Be creative!

It is a great family project. Learn more on by browsing our lovely web resource. Just make sure children have adult supervision with all the hammer and nails. Have fun!

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