I had originally planned to use a can of the canned-vegetables variety for this DIY, but after hammering away at the same spot for ten minutes and only having two holes and a banged thumb to show for it, I decided to throw it across the room and sulk instead. As I was sulking and drinking a certain zero calorie dark cola I’m addicted to, it occurred to me this project would be much easier with a soda can. Being the lazy lady I am, I couldn’t resist.
Soda Can Votive
What you’ll need: A soda can, hammer, sharp kitchen knife, nails of various sizes (or thumbtacks), spray paint, and a tea light.
The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the top of the can. Take a sharp (or at least very pointy) kitchen knife and place the tip in the groove around the inner lip of the can. Gently tap the knife in with the hammer. Repeat around the edges until you can pull the top off. Watch out for sharp edges! If the inside lip of your can is too rough, run the handle of your knife around the inside to flatten the edges.
After removing the top, I covered my can with two coats of white spray paint I already had on hand. Another fun option would be outdoor black “textured” paint for patio furniture, which would make it look like a cast iron lantern. I painted mine before poking holes in it, but if I could do it over I would have saved painting for the final step. I underestimated my clumsiness/lack of aim and ended up scratching the paint so much I had to give it another coat when I was finished.
To make patterns on your can, push the nails into the side of the can with your fingers. You can either mark out your pattern with a pencil beforehand or just make it up as you go along. Using nails of varying thicknesses will give you more options and will make the pattern more interesting. Try to keep your holes about a quarter inch apart to keep the can from tearing.
When you’re done poking, light your tea light and drop it in.
Your votive candle is finished! These would be great for an outdoor dinner party. You could also punch two holes on either side of the top and hang them with wire to create lovely hanging lanterns for your backyard. Enjoy!
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