Halloween Tin Can Luminaries

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Halloween is right around the corner, each day getting a little bit spookier. One of my favorite parts about Halloween are the Jack-o-Lanterns, all lit up. I love anything luminescent really, so I thought I would try making some tin can luminaries.

Want to make them? Here’s how:


  • Large Tin Can (Coffee cans or Costco size canned goods work great)
  • Sharpie
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Awl
  • Black spray paint
  • Gold foil paint (or regular acrylic works fine.)
  • Votive candles

Step 1: Clean up your can. Peel off the label and wash it out well. Then fill it almost to the top with water. Freeze it overnight. The ice that forms will make hammering holes in the can VERY easy.

Step 2: Draw your Jack-o-Lantern face on the can with a Sharpie. Then use the awl and rubber mallet to pound small holes along the lines of your design. It goes through very easily.

Step 3: Flush out the ice with hot water, dry. Then spray paint the outside of the can with your black spray paint.

Step 4: Carefully paint the inside of the eyes, nose, and mouth with the gold paint, making clean lines along where the holes are.

Step 5: Light your votive candles and turn off the lights!

Have a Happy Halloween!

Suggested materials:

  • Large Tin Can
  • Sharpie
  • Rubber Mallet
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  • ACS ACS on Aug 16, 2021

    Fill the cans with wet sand and freeze before poking or drilling holes and it will be even easier and they will not bend. When done, thaw and dump out the sand.

  • Carol Carol on Sep 21, 2021

    Those are so cute!! They look so easy to do and I'm sure the kids would love to watch them glow as they burn! Thank you for sharing.