Twinkling snowflake luminaries are an inexpensive winter craft

Oct 31, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. ET

Soup cans are the perfect home items to reuse, recycle and even gift! So instead of throwing away tin cans, save them and create these really fun DIY lighted snowflake luminaries.

To create these lighted snowflake luminaries, you will need:

  • Soup can
  • Snowflake stencil (optional)
  • Gold spray paint or other paint
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Christmas lights
  • Pencil
  • Can opener
  • Tin snips
  • Scrap of wood (optional)
  • Clamp (optional)

Once you've gathered your supplies, open and clean the can. I suggest using a can opener that does not leave any sharp edges. Remove the label and dry the can well. Spray paint the can gold or paint it your preferred color. I love using spray paint for a project like this to get a quick and even finish, but you can use acrylic paint to paint your can if you prefer.

Let your can dry completely.

Use your snowflake stencil and a pencil to trace a snowflake design onto your painted can. If you don't have a stencil, you can freehand your design. Also feel free to use another holiday design like a star or a Christmas tree.

Clamp a scrap of wood to a desk, countertop or work surface. Use your hammer and a nail to punch the snowflake design in the can. The wood will help create a stable place to punch your holes into. You do not need to do this, but it will help to keep your can in shape with fewer dents and dings.

Use tin snips to cut a small opening in the back of the can for the light cord to go through. We created a small flap in the back of the can.

Insert the Christmas lights into the can, turn the lights on and enjoy!

This soup can craft is perfect to display in your family room, outside on your front patio or even in a child's room as a winter night light!

One of the things I love about this craft is that it is so easy to modify. You can paint the tin can any color you prefer, from gold to red or turquoise — any color could be fun. And the design options you can punch into your tin are endless. Snowflakes are lovely but a Christmas tree or a star would be other fun options for this punched can luminary.

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