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