This craft is a great way to reuse old cans and decorate your mantle or windowsills for the holidays…just be sure you do this one on your own. With hammers, nails, and matches involved, it’s best to let the kids stick to their Christmas coloring books while you get your DIY on. That said, enjoy!


  • Tin cans (as many as you like)
  • Hammer
  • Nail or screw (the key here is to have a sharp point)
  • Tissue or rice paper 
  • Glue
  • Votive candles


Find a location that is not a hard surface. You will be hammering, so some give in the surface is key. You can do this project outside in the grass, on a blanket.
Take your tin cans (labels removed) and lay them down on your surface.

You can either create a template before hand with dot-outlined image(s), or you can freehand your design.

Take your nail or screw and begin to hammer holes directly into the tin can in your desired design. You may want to wear gloves to protect your fingers.

Make sure that the holes you create penetrate the can and are not just indentations on the outside of the can.

Once your design is made, you can cut your paper to size and wrap it around the can. I used gold rice paper here. Glue it to secure.

Place your votive candle inside and light!

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