Turn a Tin Can Into a Stylish Wall Lamp

4 Materials
$5
1 Hour
Easy

I was looking for a simple solution for our bathroom wall lamps. As I can't spend a lot of money in new lighting right now, I came up with a upcycling idea and I used tin cans as wall sconce.

I love tin cans, they are free and come in many sizes which make them one of the best material to upcycle. You can check my recycled desk lamp if you have some tin cans left!

Draw a circle in the middle of the tin can and drill holes all around it. The dimension of the circle must be a little bigger than the lamp holder socket. Clean the cans and spray paint them, insist on the inside of the can, the top and the bottom edges.

Cut the paper at the can dimension and use a glue gun to fix the paper around the can. Cut out the paper where the circle opening is.

Use your glue gun to fix the can on the lamp holder. The can must be fixed on the plastic part of the holder, metal parts must never touch each other. Hold the can until the glue dries. Screw the bulb back in place, use energy saving bulb or LED. They don’t heat and it will be much safer.

You can have a look at our bathroom reveal HERE, there is still a lot to do but the sinks side is done and I'm pretty happy about it! What do you think?

You can also check my blog post below for more pictures and detail about this tutorial.

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  • Dis30191650 Dis30191650 on Jan 27, 2018

    is it hard to change the lightbulb?

  • Becca Bailey Becca Bailey on Oct 22, 2020

    The list says I need Spary paint… What is spary?!

    i get it but run a spellchecking this whole page AT LEAST!


  • Cindy Cindy on Aug 26, 2021

    Where do you find the “plastic wall holder”? Is it battery or electric?

    it’s not listed in your supply list.


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