I love a good upcycle. It’s satisfying in so many ways; upcycling is inexpensive, it’s eco-friendly, and you use your imagination to envision something in a different way.
And tin cans are such a multi-purpose item. I thought it was fitting that they be repurposed into tin can crafts: DIY luminaries for Earth Day.
Supplies needed to make your own tin can crafts:
- An assortment of empty tin cans, clean and dried
- Acrylic Craft Paint (I used turquoise, pink, purple, and blue)
- Mod Podge Outdoor
- Crop-A-Dile Punches in 1/16th and 1/4 inch widths
- 18 Gauge Silver Wire
- Flat Nosed Pliers
- Wire Cutters
I had a lot of fun playing with paints on these tin can crafts. I tried an ombre look, and some solid colours. I found that I needed at least two coats of paint to cover the tins. But I didn’t get TOO fussy, knowing that they were going to be outdoor lighting. I like things to be a little bit imperfect when they’re outdoor decor.
In order to preserve the paint, I coated every tin with Mod Podge Outdoor. I love this stuff! It’s so handy for quickly water-proofing a surface – especially if you can’t break out the spray paint sealants.
These are my new favourite craft gadgets. They are Crop-A-Dile power punches and they are wonderful. They will punch through paper, fabric, leather, and metal – and they do it like it’s no big thing. They transformed these tins into luminaries in mere minutes.
The 1/16th inch punch makes the smaller holes, as seen on the luminary to the left hand side. Both punches are easy to work with on the tin can crafts. They quickly swiss-cheese the can into a gorgeous light show.
And if you’d like to make these luminaries a light in the air, you can add a wire handle to them. Using a length of metal craft wire, create a handle by slipping each end through holes on the sides of the can. Use your flat nosed pliers to wrap the wire around itself for a clean look.
These hanging lanterns can be placed in trees or carried around. How cute would these be as a camping craft for the kidlets? Pop in a battery operated tea-light, and you’ve got a safe and beautiful “glamping” project!
Don’t let those tin cans sit unloved in the recycling bin. Turn them into tin can crafts patio decor! And when you get your own set of Crop-A-Diles, tell me about it. We could start a fan club together!
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Tara is the creator, writer, and flurry of chaos behind her blog, Suburble. Her blog focuses on making a home (emphasis on “making!”), but not forgetting to have a laugh in the process. Her partners-in-crime, her two little girls, are often beside her when it’s time to get creative. A mug of tea, good friends, and a project (or three) are all this girl needs. Join the gang at Suburble and see what we’re up to!