Wednesday, June 02, 2010

CAN You See Me Now? -- Tin Can Night Light

How To Make a Punched Tin Night Light

Clean your tin can.
Use a tin snips to cut a rectangle out from your tin can.

Use a hammer to beat the natural curve out of the tin and make it flat. This will take time. Beat one side, then flip it over and beat the other side. Keep repeating until the tin no longer curls.

Draw your design on the tin can.

Use a drill to drill the holes for your design.

Add holes around the perimeter of the rectangle for stringing beads and for the wire that will wrap around the bulb base (the plastic base that the bulb screws into)  and hold the punched tin cover in place (for the night light I used two small holes at the bottom middle of the pattern worked well).

Use a Dremel or similar tool to sand off burrs and to smooth the edges of the cover.

Paint the tin your favorite color (this is Oxford Blue by Krylon).

Use fine gauge wire to weave a bead pattern around the outside of your night-light.

Use a slightly heavier gauge wire to wrap through the base holes and wrap around the base that the bulb screws into. 

Check out my collection of Tin Can Crafts for inspiration!!

I am sharing this at: 

My Backyard Eden: Make It Yours Day 

Nikki's Nifty Knacks: Gettin' Crafty on Hump Day 

Beyond the Picket Fence: Under $100 Linky Party 

Life as Lori: Get Your Craft On Thursday 

Brambleberry Cottage: Time Travel Thursday


  1. Awesome idea!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for linking up at gettin' crafty on hump day!!!!! :)

  2. Hi Melissa,
    It is so nice to meet you! Thank you very much for your visit to my blog. I really appreciate it and that you are following along as well. You are are always welcome anytime sweet friend.

    The tin can night light is adorable. I love hearts!

    Have a blessed day. ~Melissa :)

  3. This is too cool! You are so so stinking creative! I love this idea!


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  4. I've been wondering what anyone can do with a can. Looks great!!

  5. Another novel tin can creation! Great way to keep those cans out of the landfill.

    Be sure to stop by the cottage and join in on the fun for:



    both going on right now, and Ask the Yankee, starting June 7th.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  6. That is so cute! I love it!