Tuna Can Candle Holder Craft Tutorial
I love a good craft project, and I love one that is cheap, easy, and reuses something! I was super thrilled to find this craft on Pinterest (which is from the blog Crescent and Old Lace) but wanted to tweak it a bit to suit my needs and tastes! This is my first green craft challenge out of twelve, and I hope you enjoy it!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fabric of your choice
- Spool of ribbon or twine
- tea-light candles
- Mod Podge
- Paint brush
- Enough Tuna cans to complete the project
The first thing that I did was to measure the width of the tuna can to cut the fabric into strips. I measured AFTER the little ‘lip’ part of the tuna can and got just under an inch and a quarter. I added a little bit of extra width to put over the back, but you certainly don’t need to do so. I’d cut a little generous just because it’s way easier to remove a little extra than it is to to add some after you’ve chopped it. Also, make sure you cut your strips a little longer than you’ll need to wrap around the can length wise. Once I got my strips measured- it was on to mod-poding it!
This step is simple. Dip paint brush into Mod Podge and apply liberally all over the side of the can. Don’t worry- you don’t have to hold it between your legs! I only did that for a second to snap a picture! Once you’ve applied your Mod Podge over the side of the can, it’s time to start putting the fabric on.
Pick a point and place the fabric on the can where you want it to be. I left the lip near the opening uncovered because I just liked the way it looked that way better. Plus, it allowed me an easy way to keep it straight all the way around. You can see in this picture the amount that I have left overhanging the back. Anyway, wrap the fabric strip around the can smoothing it out until you reach the beginning of the strip where you started.
As you can see, I have a little extra tab of fabric that reaches just past where the fabric strip starts. You’re going to want to bust out the mod podge again and apply it liberally over the beginning of the strip (the one that is already placed on the can), all the way till the place where the extra fabric will lay flat. That way your fabric adheres to the fabric that is wrapped on the can. Next it’s time to tackle the extra fabric that hangs over.
There are two things that you can do. You can simply trim the excess (if you left any), or you can do what I did and Mod Podge it down. I personally didn’t want the metal sitting on my walls, but I’m not really sure if it matters if it does. I simply Mod Podged my way around the bottom of the can and then began pressing down the fabric onto it. I had to stop and hold the fabric in several places until it dried enough to not pop up, and a caution that if your fingers get sticky that they may pull the fabric that you just pushed down with it. Which is extremely exasperating. You may need to reapply Mod Podge as you go. Or, just apply it as you go.
Let them dry! Or, while they are wet with Mod Podge take your string/twine/ribbon and wrap it around the can. I waited for mine to dry and then did a layer of Mod Podge where I wanted the ribbon to go, but if you want to skip a step it sort of makes sense to do that when it’s already there and wet. Make sure you leave enough ribbon to tie a good strong knot. Also you may want to experiment with what part of the can you wrap the ribbon around. I thought that it would be pretty to have the ribbon sit in the middle of the can, but it just didn’t lay flat against the wall that way, and you really really don’t want candles tipping out.
The left over ribbon from one side of the knot I slipped under neath and over the back. I Mod Podged it down and trimmed off the excess. I also superglued the knot. I may be a little paranoid, but I’m dealing with fire here and really want the ribbon to be secure to the can to prevent tipping, and don’t want that knot somehow popping open. I’m no boy scout when it comes to knots. Finally, hang them and put in candles!
And there you go!
I did want to extend a note of caution. Please always be careful with candle crafts, and when you are using them- monitor them closely! Rule of thumb is to never leave a candle unattended. I noticed that those cans got fairly hot, fairly quick! You’ll want to keep an eye on things!
Think you’ll try it? Let me know! I’d love to see pics of what you create!