Upcycled Tuna Can Candle Holder

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Take an old tuna can, add a little bling, decorative filler and candle of your choice, and you have an easy and inexpensive upcycled tuna can candle holder.

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You’ll need:

Large tuna/chicken can

Diamond wrap or other exterior wrap of your choice – ribbon, paper, etc.

Crushed mirror glass or filler of your choice – rocks, sand, etc.

Hot glue gun

One of 3 ways to light it – tealight, battery operated tealight, or Sterno can.

Cut your diamond wrap to fit the outside of your can.

Hot glue (or other glue of your choice) the wrap into place.

Place your crushed glass (or filler of your choice) into the can.

Option 1 – place your tealight in your can.  Light it when your ready.  Place it somewhere in your home to enjoy.

Option 2 – Place a battery operated tealight inside it.  You can chose to place it on top, or bury it lower in the glass.  Turn it on and enjoy.

Option 3 – place your Sterno can into your can.  Place the crushed mirror glass on top and around the Sterno can.  Light it and this one will put off a little heat if needed.  (Great for emergencies too)



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    1. Thank you so much, it was fun coming up with another unique way to use a recycled can 🙂

  1. Very beautiful! I often have cans of this size available. Pinned to my upcycling board!

    1. Thank you Shannon and thanks so much for the Pin 🙂

  2. What a great idea! We throw so much stuff away, it’s refreshing to see something as ‘boring’ as a tuna can put to use to become something so beautiful. It would make a great present! Visiting from Esme’s Salon and pinned. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Cheryl, you are so very sweet. Thank you for stopping by and for the Pin

  3. Lovely upcycle idea! I will try to do it. Thanks for inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much and I’m thrilled you want to give it a try 🙂

    1. Thank you Donna – we all need a little bling in our life 🙂

  4. I have so many of these tuna cans for a similar project. Yours turned out cute! I need to get on the ball and make something with those tuna cans!

    1. Thank you so much Audra and I love that you are inspired to make something with your tuna cans 🙂

  5. Ooh, Chas! You really outdid yourself with this one. Such a neat clever project. Love it, pinned it! Thanks for sharing this on Traffic Jam Weekend.

    1. Thank you so much Kimberly, I’m so thrilled you like it. Thanks for the Pin and another great link party 🙂

  6. I love this frugal idea because it came out so good and I doubt anyone who comes to your home believes it was once a humble tuna can. Thanks for linking this post with us at #OMHGWW!

    1. Thank you so much Alice and and so glad you think so. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  7. You would never know it came from a can. How pretty. We’re so glad that you shared your post on the Classy Flamingos Blog Party we’ve enjoyed it. Come back soon. poinsettiadr.com

    1. Thank you so much Linda and thanks for stopping by

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