Indoor Crafts for Kids

Tin Can Luminaries

Light up a tin can luminary.
Light up a tin can luminary.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Your lights will twinkle brightly in these luminaries. The designs are made by tapping holes into a tin can with a hammer and a large nail.

What You'll Need:

  • Clean tin cans with labels removed and only one end opened
  • Dark-colored crayon
  • Water
  • Large nail
  • Hammer
  • Metallic copper acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Tea candles

Step 1: Decide on a simple outline or drawing to use.

Step 2: Using the crayon, draw the design in the middle of each side of the can. You can also draw a straight line around the bottom and the top for a border.

Step 3: Fill the can with water and set upright in the freezer. Wait for the water to freeze solid.

Step 4: Take the can outside and stand on a concrete stoop or sidewalk. With help from an adult, lay the can on the ground between your feet to hold it in place.

Step 5: Following your crayon pattern on the can, carefully tap holes into the lines of the design by placing the point of the nail along the line and punching it through with the hammer.

Step 6: Continue hammering along outline, and make the holes about 1/4 inch apart. When you are done, dump the ice out.

Step 7: Dry the can, and then let it air dry for an hour or so. Then paint only the outside of the can -- try a metallic copper color. Drop in a tea candle, and admire the glow.

Keep reading to learn a fun way to liven up a fridge with duplicate photos.

For more craft activities and indoor fun, check out: