Recycled Soda/Beer Cans Candle Holder

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I love recycling items to create craft projects! I recently attended a community cookout and managed to collect lots and lots of empty beer and soda cans. It's a great way to repurpose discarded or unwanted items into creating some of my crafting ideas. I've had a couple of projects swirling around in my thoughts - one of which is a candleholder. A candle holder that looks chic and modern but so easy to make! And the best part - you can use it indoors or out!
Begin by washing out the cans to remove any sticky residue and let dry. Using an x-acto knife on the edge of can make a slice big enough for a scissor blade and then cut the tops and bottoms off with scissors. Next, cut through the length of the can to open and cut off any metal slivers or jagged edges. *CAUTION: Be very careful with the sharp edges of cut cans.
Roll the cut aluminum piece in the opposite direction - smoothing out over something like a counter edge to help remove the curl of the can. Freehand cut out a petal pattern from paper and trace on cardboard for a sturdy template.
Lay the cardboard pattern on the aluminum and trace outline or just freehand cut out petals without tracing for a quicker way since you will need at least 32 petals. Repeat steps for cutting cans and petals to make more.
For the candle holder base, cutout a 6 inch circle from the can and glue onto a cork sheet. Cut out the cork and attached aluminum.
Spray paint the base and petals and let dry.
To add dimension to the petals, roll the edges using the stem of a paint brush or pencil . . .
and glue onto the edge of the circle, creating the first layer, all the way around using super glue gel.
Begin gluing on the second layer, overlapping and between the first row.
Continue adding layers, alternating between petals until satisfied with the fullness. It should look like a lovely rose petal shape. Add the last layer of petals to enhance the candle, leaving an opening to accommodate a candle or jar.
Enhances any decor!
Place a LED votive candle in the center, turn a colorful jar upside down and have fun outdoors with this cool effect!
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  • Helen a
    Helen a
    on Aug 11, 2018

    do you have to paint the cans

  • Barb
    on Nov 18, 2018

    What do you do so the edges are not so sharp?

    • Melanie Mitchell
      Melanie Mitchell
      on Nov 16, 2019

      If you just use regular scissors the edges aren't that sharp. I don't use gloves and so far haven't cut myself. The only time I got cut was bc an edge had a sharp "bard" sticking out. But using gloves is a good idea if your new to cutting cans. I drink a lot of soda so I cut most of mine up for projects. Have fun!

  • Betty Sutton Smith
    Betty Sutton Smith
    on Feb 21, 2019

    can you use a hot glue gun ??? i think it is very pretty, thanks for sharing ....


    • Gail@Purple Hues and Me
      Gail@Purple Hues and Me
      on Feb 22, 2019

      Although it's a quick grab, hot glue is not a permanent adhesive for metals, especially if the items are used outdoors.

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