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I feel like tin can are ubiquitous and underrated. Collect these guys and you can use them for so many things! Tin is strong enough to be very functional and it’s not so hard to make it pretty. I’m here today to give you some inspiration on an idea to upcycle tin cans for a 4th of July craft. Make these tin can luminaries with your kids to show off at your Independence Day patio party!

Clever crafts to make with old tin cans

I took photos of every step so this photo tutorial should be really easy for you to follow! First, remove the label on the tin can.

Filling a tin can with water and freezing it allows you to cut or puncture the tin without denting it.

Next, fill it up with water, about a 1/2 inch from the top.

A step by step photo tutorial for how to make a fun Independence Day craft with your kids!

Now throw it in the freezer overnight. The water will freeze and expand.

Using a hammer and nails, you can puncture holes into a tin can without denting it! Just read my secret...

Next, lay the frozen tin can down flat and use a hammer and nails to puncture the metal. This should be pretty easy. The ice inside will prevent the can from denting or becoming malformed while you’re hammering in your design.

Poking holes into tin without denting or damagine the can's form.

It’s easy! You can even use different sized nails to get different sized holes! I made this one into what was supposed to be a firework. But, after more practice, I decided this 4th of July craft was more straight-forward with a simple USA displayed on it. You will see that version down below…

A step by step guide to make a fun Independence Day craft with your kids!

Now you let the ice melt and dump it out of the can. Dry thoroughly!

Spray paint Rustoleum on old tin cans

Time to paint it! I always use Rust-Oleum 2X cover spray paint, it’s the best.

Spray painting techniques to get a smooth and durable finish

Shake your spray paint for a full minute and then hold it about 6-8 inches away from the tin can.

Spray painting tin cans to use for crafts - so easy!

Starting with white, coat the can inside and outside with spray paint. Let dry for an hour.

The next step is to cut a 3″ strip of paper and grab some clear tape.

How to spray paint something multiple colors without using painters tape!

Wrap the paper around your tin can and tape it together. The part showing will be coated in red!

Spray painting techniques to get a clean cut off line.

Flip the can upside down so that you are spray painting downward against the paper. If you spray paint straight on or into the paper, you will not get a crisp line.

Let the red dry for an hour, then flip the can the other direction and repeat with blue.

Cute 4th of July Independence Day craft you can do with your kids!

4th of July Craft

Make tin can luminaries for your Independence Day party this year, they will be a hit!

Do not forget to pin this idea! This craft is so easy you could do it with your kids or grandkids!

Make these adorable Independence Day candle holders for your patio party this 4th of July.

I was so excited to see them lit up at night. They were even better!

This 4th of July craft Tin Can Luminaries is so easy you can create them with your kids using this step by step photo tutorial.

Join me this Thursday at 4pm CST when I join Hometalk to demonstrate how to make these on Facebook LIVE!

Make these adorable candle holders for your patio party this Independence Day with your kids or grandkids - so easy!

To see more projects I’ve done upcycling trash, check out this mobile made from toilet paper rolls and diaper boxes made into closet organizers.

Thank you for reading! See you on Thursday at 4pm CST for Hometalk where I will be presenting LIVE!Signature welcome to the woods






4th Of July Craft Tin Can Luminaries

3 thoughts on “4th Of July Craft Tin Can Luminaries

  • June 29, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    very nice, but you didn’t say what you used for light. Did you use candles or battery or electric lights.

    • June 30, 2017 at 8:28 AM

      I used tea light candles, but battery operated ones would be even better!

  • June 30, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    I find that tea light candles would be cheaper than buying the battery ones all the time unless you are prepared to turn them out every night….


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