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Rustic Tin Can Tea Lights

Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

Rustic Tin Can Tea Lights
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Rustic Tin Can Tea Lights

Rustic Tin Can Tea Lights

designed by Regina Davis

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

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Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

  • Coastal Waters (DA523)
  • Paprika (DA512)

Other supplies

  • 1" flat brush
  • twine (or other embellishments of choice)
  • dremel tool (with metal cutting disk)
  • tin can
  • safety gloves
  • safety glasses
  • tea lights
  • heavy objects (to squash cans)


NOTE: 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.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Paint the cans in Coastal Waters and Paprika. Let some of the can show through for a rustic look.
    Step 2 Example
  4. 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.)
    Step 3 Example
  5. 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".
  6. Add twine or other embellishments around the top and add tea lights.