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Turn tin cans into candle holders you'll love.
Transforming tin cans
To make tin can candle holders
- After you’ve used the contents, wash out your tin can and fill it up with clean water. We use tin cans that have a ring pull lid. You can use a hammer to tap down the sharp rim that’s left inside the can.
- Pop the can in the freezer until the water has all turned to ice.
- Take the can out of the freezer and sit in on a tea towel, which will help to hold it steady and mop up any water if the ice melts a little.
- Create a design of holes in the can using a wide bradawl or screwdriver. Position the tool where you want to make a hole and give it a few taps with a hammer to punch a hole through the can. The frozen water inside helps to keep the can’s shape and gives resistance, making it easier and safer to punch the holes.
- You can make as many holes as you like and the more you make, the more the light of the candle will shine through. You could create a random scattering of holes, a repeating pattern or spell out a word.
- When you’ve finished, let the ice melt and pour it out of the can. Light a tea candle inside and the light will pour through the holes you’ve made showing off your design. You can make lots of them and use them as fairy lights all round your garden.
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