These look amazing hanging in a row, or placed along a path. Or even as a centerpiece on a table.


  • 1 Empty Condensed Milk tin... or similar
  • 1 Nail
  • 1 Hammer
  • 1 Marker
  • 1 piece of wire or string
  • 1 tea light candle


  1. Design a free hand pattern or picture. Or trace something you like.
  2. I like to line the inside of the tin with some cardboard and then stuff with paper to minimize denting the tin too much.

    * the dents give character and at night you just see the light.
    * Use the back of a spoon the rub the bigger dents out from the inside of the tin.
  3. Then make small nail holes a few millimeters apart, following your marker lines.
  4. Add two holes for a handle, and use either wire or string for a handle.
  5. You can use a tea light with a wick or the battery ones (for safety)

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  • Kell
    • 08 Apr 2015
      2:58 pm

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  • Such a pretty project!


  • looks really pretty – how do you hold the tin still while hammering?


  • Love the centre piece idea for dinner

    • Gives it that elegant feeling at the dinner table


  • Showing our kids how to recycle and make amazing things is so important.


  • The tea light holder look’s amazing! Thanks!


  • Great idea. The picture looks fantastic. Thanks


  • I have to admit, I thought using the empty tins was a tad tacky :/ But it looks really effective in the picture


  • Love this! It really looks so cute! Great for a romantic dinner!


  • recycling at its best


  • This looks really beautiful! I love lightning candles around the house, in particular at winter time! :-)


  • Perfect on the deck in summer time.

    • I really like the patterns you get with the light coming through the holes!


  • Have you put paper on the out side?


  • What a bright idea..very creative indeed.. Well done.


  • Looks awesome very effective! who would have thought to make your own.


  • you can do words like love etc or names


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