Tin Punched Votive Candles
Recently I saw these charming tin-punched candle holders at Crate and Barrel and immediately drifted off to that exhilarating third grade craft day. I thought making my own version of these candle holders would be terrifically nostalgic, not to mention a great almost-free way to decorate our holiday table.
-tin can (opened and emptied)
-gold and white spray paint (or multi-surface acrylic paint)
-tape (preferably duct tape)
-printed template (I simply printed out large letters to spell a word, though you can find lots of tin-punch patterns with a quick Internet search.)
-mallet or hammer
-punch or nail
-brush (if not using spray paint)
Step Two: Fill each can with rice and water to the top. Freeze completely. This will provide a stable can for punching, preventing the can from denting or collapsing.
After punching the rice and ice filled cans, defrost them in a container of warm water before proceeding to the next step. You don't have to completely defrost— just a few minutes in the warm water will allow you to dump out the rice ice cubes.
Tip: Punch both sides of the can if you plan to place the candle holders down the center of a table— but if you do, plan for the letters being in a different order!
Step Four: Prime the cans. Then paint the inside with gold paint and the outside with white (or the color of your choice). It's important to prime the cans to ensure the adhesion of the paint. While the image above shows brush painting, I found through trial and error that spray paint worked best. I sprayed the insides of the cans with gold spray paint, then after that dried, turned the cans upside-down and sprayed with light coats of white paint.
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.