What I made
1478
days ago

DIY tin can tea light holder – the ultimate transformation!

DIY tin can tea light holder on a table with a lit candle

1) Who said baked beans and a naked flame don’t mix…

Close-up of a DIY tin can tea light holder on a table with a lit candle

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.

How to make your own DIY tin can tea light holder

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, but it’s not essential.

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a DIY tin can tea light holder

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.

Download project files›

Includes:
1) Mark-up stencil – print out at 100%
2) Collectable instructions – they are useful and they look good
798 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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If you don’t have tin snips (or the patience) try improvising with other materials, here’s a light I made from Christmas LEDs, you’ll find it on page 54 of my book (in the Home Hacks chapter).

Trashy lights

It comes with detailed instructions, just like the ones on my blog – you can have a sneaky look inside here!

What I made
1482
days ago

Illustration: ‘Cement shoes’

Cement shoes

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?

What I made
1485
days ago

Funny paper fortune teller for kids (and grown-ups)!

Funny paper fortune teller showing the fours colours on the front flaps

Go on, pick a colour

Funny paper fortune teller showing the numbers on the inside

Now, pick a number

Funny paper fortune teller showing fortune teller prediction - depicts a robot attack and goo machine

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.

Funny paper fortune teller showing fortune teller prediction - depicts a smelly sock balaclava and a bedroom dungeon

No. 3: You will be forced to wear a smelly sock balaclava.
No. 4: Your bedroom will be moved into the basement.

Funny paper fortune teller showing fortune teller prediction - depicts a shark attack and alien abduction

No. 5: You will be eaten by a shark… slowly.
No. 6: You will be abducted by an alien (while you’re sleeping).

Funny paper fortune teller showing fortune teller prediction - depicts a snot sandwich and toilet monster

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 ‘origami’ fortune teller (apparently also known as an cootie catcher). It’s the same as the ones I used to make as a kid, except instead of boring written predictions, I’ve illustrated them (in a schoolboy humour sort of way) which makes it a funny paper fortune teller, rather an unfunny paper fortune teller!

How to make your own funny paper fortune teller

To make your own fortune teller, just print out the artwork (download link below) and then follow these super-simple folding instructions. I’ve also made colour and black and white versions available, so you can colour them in yourself!

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a funny paper fortune teller

Download printables and instructions›

Includes:
1) Colour artwork – just start folding
2) Black and white artwork – colour them in first
3) Collectable instructions – stick them on the fridge
1548 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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If you like this paper fortune teller, perhaps you’ll also like my Mouthy Monsters, a simple but cool paper folding project in my new book: Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff! – if you have time take a Look Inside!

Mouthy monster trading cards

Good fortune!

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