How to Make an Easy Tin Can Candle Holder Using Dollar Tree Items

Sun’s Arts
by Sun’s Arts
10 Materials
1 Hour

Today, I'm going to share with you a quick and easy candle holder made from upcycled tin cans using humble Dollar Tree items. This DIY candle holder is appropriate for fall or any season and would be a great addition to your collection of farmhouse home decor.


Tin can candle holder

This is the sunflower print tin can candle holder we are going to make!


Painted tin and sunflower napkin

1. Clean & paint the tin can

First, I took a used tin can, cleaned it, and painted it with white acrylic paint. I also took one of the sunflower-printed napkins from Dollar Tree.

Separating 1 ply from the napkin

2. Separate a ply from the napkin

I separated 1 ply from the napkin, as shown. It is very easy to separate.


Applying Mod Podge to the tin can

3. Apply Mod Podge

Using a foam brush I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge on the painted surface of the tin can.

Sticking the napkin to the tin can

4. Adhere the napkin

Then, I applied the single ply of the napkin on the tin can and gently pressed the napkin so that the ridges of the tin can be seen clearly.

Applying Mod Podge on top of the napkin

5. Seal with Mod Podge

The napkin dried well. Then, I applied one coat of Mod Podge for sealing.

Stuffing the tin can with plastic shopping bags

6. Stuff the tin can with plastic shopping bags

Next, I stuffed lots of plastic shopping bags until they reached almost the top of the tin can. This way, we are using plastic shopping bags and preventing landfill of the plastic into the environment.


Dollar Tree caulk

Then, I got caulk from Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree white glue

And, I got the white glue from Dollar Tree.

Decorating the tin can with jute ribbon

7. Decorate the tin can candle holder

Next, I took jute ribbon and stuck it on the top and bottom of the can using hot glue.

Mixing caulk and glue together

8. Seal the top of the can

I mixed caulk, white glue, and lightweight spackling, and prepared the mixture as shown.

Adding the mixture on top of the shopping bags

Then, I filled the mixture on top of the stuffed plastic bags and let it dry.

Topping the candle holder with an electric votive

I decorated the candle holder with an electric candle votive candle. You could also use a flame candle.


DIY tin can candle holder

DIY tin can candle holder

I love the final result of the candle holder. This can be a beautiful addition to your home this fall or any season!

And this way we can re-purpose the used tin can and plastic shopping bags to prevent landfill and protect the environment. Go Green! :)

If you are interested to watch for more ideas on my YouTube channel Sun's Arts, here is the link -

I'm extremely happy with the final result of this beautiful sunflower-print candle holder home décor DIY! 

I hope you will enjoy it as well! 

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DIY fall ideas

Suggested materials:
  • Used Tin Can   (Free)
  • Plastic Shopping bags   (Free)
  • Sunflower printed napkin   (Dollar Tree)
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  • Terry Bower Terry Bower on Aug 09, 2023

    I am curious about the caulking & glue mixture. You first mentioned only caulk & glue & then you also mentioned light weight spackling. How much of each please & did you use 2 items or 3 items? Thank you. Want to try this but confused on the topper sealing instructions.

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  • Aimee Aimee on Oct 23, 2022

    It turned out beautifully!!

  • Ellen Ellen on Aug 03, 2023

    Hi, very Pretty. Unfortunately, I've found out, not all Dollar Tree's carry the same items in their stores. So Aggravating, when you have your heart set on making something you've seen online!!

    • Sun’s Arts Sun’s Arts on Aug 05, 2023

      Thank you so much Ellen! I understand the feeling, 😊 not all the DTs have the same items. Hopefully, you get all the items soon! 🌻💕