1) Who said baked beans and a naked flame don’t mix…
2) …hey, don’t get too close (just in case).
For this week’s craft I’ve rested my son’s felt-tip pens and pursued one of my other passions, creating beautiful things out of junk – in this case an elegant tea light holder made from an empty tin of Heinz Baked Beans (the beans on toast were pretty good as well). So why not give it a go, it’s a great way to ‘upcycle’?
It took about an hour and a half to make, and proved to be a much simpler project than I was expecting. It turns out that tin cans are made of very thin tin, all you need are a pair of ‘tin snips’, it’s as easy as cutting through paper with scissors. You’ll find instructions on how to make one below, I’ve also included a stencil for download, this should make marking up the can much quicker.
If you like this project be sure to check out next week’s craft – I’ll be showing you how to make a stylish rustic bowl from twigs and wire.
How to make one
Please note: In Step 5, the strips you bend upwards form the base of the tea light holder, so you will need to invert the can to make sense of Steps 6 and 7. Also, and thanks to Sarahbelle42 for pointing this out, I wrapped the bottom strips around a pencil to help create the tight curls in Step 6.
1) Mark-up stencil – print out at 100%
2) Collectable instructions – they are useful and they look good 798 downloads so far, thanks everyone!
If you are interested in the environment and crafting there are quite a few really useful blogs around. How can I recycle this? offers great ideas for making use of discarded stuff. Also check out, Crafting a green world – its full of projects that make use of recycled materials – it has some great ideas.
I just came across the Illustration Friday website thanks to a post from Claudine Hellmuth (AKA Collageartist). So rather spontaneously I decided to have a crack at creating an illustration for this week’s topic ‘immovable’ – the result is the ‘cement shoes’ illustration above. I hope you like it.
I really like it when craft and illustration come crossover, these lovely wall decals created by Shanna Murray are a good example. They are simple and elegant, with wonderfully positive and uplifting messages – why not go check out here equally elegant blog?
Here’s your fortune… No. 1: You will be attacked by a robot with a human brain No. 2: You will get grunged by the ‘poo’ machine
No. 3: You will be forced to wear a smelly sock balaclava No. 4: Your bedroom will be moved into the basement
No. 5: You will be eaten by a shark… slowly No. 6: You will be abducted by an alien (while you’re sleeping)
No. 7: You will get a fright from the toilet monster No. 8: You will have to eat ‘snot’ toast for breakfast
So here’s my version of the classic paper fortune teller, especially designed to make my boys smile. It might look familiar, it’s a revamped version of an earlier post – I’ve now coloured in the illustrations and fixed a few other things up. You can download the project files below, I’ve made the colour and black and white versions available (so you can colour them in yourself). Have fun!
1) Colour artwork – just start folding
2) Black and white artwork – have fun colouring them in first
3) Collectable instructions – they look great stuck on the fridge 1499 downloads so far, thanks everyone!
If you like this Fortune Teller, you’ll love the one in my new book.
It’s full of detailed (but fun) instructions, and “pro-dad” tips – to get a taste, watch the video below: