DIY Tin Punched Votive Candles


  • Opened and emptied tin can
  • Primer
  • Gold and white spray paint or multi-surface acrylic paint can also be used
  • Rice
  • Water
  • Duct tape
  • Printed template (print large letters to spell words or find any punch printed patterns on google)
  • Mallet or a hammer
  • Punch or nail
  • If not using spray paint use a brush


  1. Remove all labels and adhesive from the tin cans and thoroughly clean each can, then dry completely. To remove the labels and adhesive easier use a mixture of olive oil and baking soda.
  1. Fill each tin can with rice and water to the top then freeze completely. Doing this will provide a stable tin can from collapsing or denting.
  1. Tape the printed template onto the can by wrapping the tin can with duct tape. The tape won’t stick to the can but it will stick to the paper. Use a punch tool or nail to hammer nail-size holes along the template (Note: that the holes are at least the diameter of a standard nail so that the light will properly show through). Defrost the cans in a container of warm water before moving on to the next step.
  1. Prime the cans, then paint the inside with gold paint and the outside white (or any color). It is very important to prime the cans to ensure the adhesion of the paint. A helpful tip is to spray paint the tin cans but it could almost be paint with a simple brush.

5. Before putting the candles inside the finished project make sure that the paint has been dried  for about 24 hours. If real candles are not being used, it is safe to use LED votives or tea lights before the 24 hour time period is up. DIY found at:   

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