Thursday, May 06, 2010

tin can candlesticks

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I saw this idea when I was surfing the web for ideas. I filed it in my mind and nowhere else. If you know who posted one, let me know and I will credit them.

These are so much fun to make and I really like how they turned out. I've got two more painted and ready to go and I have two tomato paste cans whose contents will be in spaghetti sauce today and then I can make another one!! I am totally addicted to this.

The candlestick below is the simplest. Two cans, rope, trim, and seashells.

You can find my tutorial for how I did these at Suite101.

The cans for this candlestick come from a can of crushed tomatoes and two cans of shredded chicken breast meat. I embellished with sheet music, rope, stickers, an old string of costume jewelry pearls, trim, a button, and two silk flowers recombined to make one.

The candlestick below is made of a Pirouline can and two cans of crab meat. I used lots of ribbon and some of my favorite buttons to embellish it.

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I will be sharing this at:

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Somewhat Simple: Strut Your Stuff

House of Hepworths: Hooking Up with HOH

Life As Lori: Get Your Craft On Thursday

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I am Only One, but Still I am One: Check Me Out Saturday

Craft Envy: Saturday Spotlight

Finding Fabulous: Frugalicious Friday

Under the Table and Dreaming: Sunday Showcase Party

Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Skip To My Lou: Made By You Monday

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  1. Anonymous5:59 AM

    I like them. Way cool. NM

  2. How fun! I love making crafts out of free stuff like cans:)

  3. What a really great idea! I love the one with the butterflies!


  4. How tremendously cute these ideas are! Cheap decor and so very lovely.

  5. How pretty! My favorite is the butterfly theme with the big flower. The tin cans "disappear" into your project. Very clever.

  6. I'm having a Fiesta themed graduation party for my oldest, and I'll be using this project! Do you mind if I post it with a link back to yours?

  7. Very cute! I would have never known it was a can! : )

  8. Melissa,
    I just love your photos! What a wonderful photographer you are.
    The crafts are nice too, but your stunning photos, that's why I'm following you now.
    Thanks for all the eye candy.

  9. Those are so cute I made soup can candlesticks check it out here

  10. Love it! What an awesome idea. I love the different shapes you can get, from the various cans.

  11. These are awesome! They remind me of these:

  12. What a cute idea! Looks great!

  13. How creative! And I love your flower pictures. So sweet. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. :)

  14. What a fun idea! Love these - now I'll have to start saving my tin cans!!

  15. What a creative and clever idea! Love it! The fact that they are recycled is even better! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  16. I love this!!!! Ooh I want to try this. Thanks for sharing and be blessed. cindy

  17. Another great project that combines crafting and recyling. I'd love for you to share this on Modern Craftswoman Monday. Rory
    PS...Love the beach theme!

  18. Hi Melissa- Stop by the Sunday Showcase post for a surprise! Thanks again for joining in the fun! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  19. This will be great for outside entertaining this summer!

  20. Thanks for sharing this THRIFTY idea at NTT!


  21. So clever!!! Whenever I throw a nice clean can into the recycling bin, I think..what could I do with that? But then i just think I'm being a hoarder. haha These turned out really cute! I especially like the blue one with the seashells. Wouldn't that be cute at a beach house out on the deck....too bad I don't have a beach house. :)