Rustic Tin Can Tea Lights

Rustic Tin Can Tea Lights

Posted by DecoArt on Feb 18th 2016

Recycle tin cans and tansform them into simple, rustic home décor pieces! So fun and easy.


    • 1" flat brush
    • twine
    • dremel tool
    • tin can
    • safety gloves
    • safety glasses
    • tea lights
    • heavy objects



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Wash the tin cans thoroughly. Remove all label and any adhesive residue.
    2. Cut the cans vertically using a dremel tool with a metal cutting disk attached. (Cut about every 1/2".) Be sure to wear safety protection such as safety glasses and gloves.
    3. Instruction #2
    4. Paint the cans in Coastal Waters and Paprika. Let some of the can show through for a rustic look.
    5. Instruction #3
    6. Squash the can, by slowly adding weight to the top of the cans to get them to start to buckle in the middle. (They will naturally form a "V" shape.)
    7. Instruction #4
    8. Using safety gloves, shape the cans: Stick a gloved hand inside the cans and reshape the "V" to make it more of a gradual "U".
    9. Add twine or other embellishments around the top and add tea lights.