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Rinse Out Tuna Cans for This Gorgeous Lighting Idea

$5
15 Minutes
Easy

If you're looking for a simple way to add a little light to your space, here is the perfect project for you! It’s inexpensive, environmentally-friendly, and oh-so-pretty! Make sure to watch the quick 60 second video to see what this looks like after.

BEFORE:
rinse out tuna cans for this gorgeous lighting idea
Start by rinsing out your cans and pulling off the label. Make sure to wash them well so there's no lingering smells (yuck).
rinse out tuna cans for this gorgeous lighting idea
SUPPLIES:
-clean tuna cans with labels removed
-scrapbooking paper (or ribbon)
-cutting mat
-straight edge (I used a ruler.)
-hot glue gun/sticks
-box cutter (or X-Acto knife)
-twine
Not pictured:
-scissors
-tea lights candles (or battery powered...see photo further down in the tutorial)
-wire hanger
*Note: this project only cost me $5 as I only had to purchase the battery powered tea lights -- I had everything else on hand.




rinse out tuna cans for this gorgeous lighting idea
STEP 1: Cut scrapbooking paper

The first step I took was to cut strips of scrapbooking paper. I wrapped a full piece of scrapbooking paper around one of my tuna cans, with the edge of the paper just under the lip of the can, to get an idea of how wide the finished paper strip needed to be -- it ended up being roughly 1-1/4".
rinse out tuna cans for this gorgeous lighting idea
STEP 2: Hot glue paper strips to cans

Next, I used hot glue to adhere the scrapbooking paper strips to my cans. I started with a small line of glue to get the end adhered to the can, then every inch or so I added more glue until the entire strip was glued to the can. You could do any arrangement you like, but don’t all those patterns look nice together when you see them in the video?
rinse out tuna cans for this gorgeous lighting idea
STEP 3: Make hanger for cans

Once all of my cans were covered, I took my twine and...
rinse out tuna cans for this gorgeous lighting idea
...made a bow from the end of the twine...
rinse out tuna cans for this gorgeous lighting idea
...then I cut the bow loose. I'd recommend making small bows -- maybe an inch and a half to 2" or so. These are basically just to add an extra little touch to the cans.
rinse out tuna cans for this gorgeous lighting idea
Next, I cut different lengths of twine. I didn't measure anything -- just simply started with one length, laid it out and then cut the other lengths, so that all of the cans would ultimately hang at different heights. Watch the video to see how nice the end effect is when they’re not all perfectly lined up.
rinse out tuna cans for this gorgeous lighting idea
STEP 4: Hot glue bows and twine strings to can

As you can see in the video below, for this step I adhered the bows and twine strings to the cans. I first glued the end of the twine string to the can (I glued it at the seam of the paper), then I glued the bow on top of the end of the twine string.
rinse out tuna cans for this gorgeous lighting idea
STEP 5: Hang and add your tea lights

Don't forget your tea lights! You can use real tea light candles but I wouldn't recommend it as you never know who is going to come along and bump the wax out. Watch the video to see how the whole turned out once it was hanging and sparkling away!

(For a really simple hanging hack, watch how I used a pants hanger to put them on the wall. )

AFTER:
Isn't that just so perfectly simple and stunning? And it's great for any time of year. All you have to do is change the paper and the ribbon, and you can have hanging lighting perfect for your Thanksgiving feast, Easter lunch, Christmas dinner...anything!

I've gotten so many compliments from guests, and every time, they're flabbergasted that it all started with tuna cans!

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