DIY recycled can luminaries — a quick craft to light up your holidays
Who knew a recycled can could look so beautiful and festive? Instead of tossing your cans into the recycling bin, create some pretty luminaries to decorate the house for the holidays or new year.
Luminaries have long been associated with a warm welcome. In times past, a lantern or candle always burned in the window during snowy or stormy weather to welcome guests or guide travelers to a safe resting place.
I started an oil lamp collection when I was a teenager and not only do they look pretty on the bookshelf, they also come in handy whenever the power goes out. I don’t think you can ever have too many, and they look so beautiful decorating the porch or incorporated into your centerpiece for the holidays.
I turned these luminaries into a garland for my fireplace mantel by using stocking holders and ornament hooks, and also hung some along my front window. And the best thing about these luminaries is they are just about free, unless you count the tea lights that fit inside them, which are less than $10 on Amazon ($9.38 to be exact), bringing the grand total to less than 10 cents apiece.
To make these festive for the holidays, choose brightly colored aluminum cans. I love the different colors Izze's sparkling beverages has to offer. The fancier-shaped Coca Cola bottles turned out really cute, but I’ll warn you they were not easy to cut and bend. If you want to keep it fast and simple, stick with a pop-top can.
Plan ahead so you can buy a batch and serve them for a party or BBQ, then designate a spot for guests to save them in, unless you want to enjoy a few all to yourself!
Here's how I made these in a few simple steps:
Mask off the top and bottom of an aluminum can so you have a cutting guide.
Put on your gloves, and hold the can in such a way that you are being very careful not to cut yourself should your box cutter blade slip. I held mine from the top and cut from top to bottom on a table, so there was no risk of an accident. Cut lines from top to bottom about an inch apart. You can either cut lines straight as I did with the Coke bottles, or you can cut them on a diagonal as I did with these Izze cans.