I kept on forgetting to take my cans to be recycled , and they kept falling out everywhere. So I decided I would recycle them myself. Since it's Christmas , it seemed like a good idea to do them up and give them away.

For this project you'll need a few things.


Paint and brushes . If you want to paint the cans.

A long nail with head and a hammer. ( If you plan on putting holes in your can.)

Wire . I picked up some wire for making jewellery . The wire is for making the handle.
You'll need something to cut the wire with as well.

A glue gun . If you don't have that , super/krazy glue will work. Even tape. It will be use to do up your can.

Candle/s , or Flameless candle. I picked up 2 flameless  for $1 at the Dollar Tree.

You need ribbon , pine cones , beads , what ever you wish to make you pail/lantern special.

Step 1: Step 1

Once you got your empty can , you'll need to take the paper off and wash it good and dry it. Try your best at getting the glue off the side of the can. If it wont come off just leave it , and use the good side of the can.

Once your done with that , you'll need to decide if you want a handle on it or not. If so , find a long nail with a head on it , and a hammer , and something hard to put inside the can to keep it from bending when you make the holes. I used a piece of  2 by 4. But use what you got.

If your making a lantern, now is the time to decide your design on your can. You can use a marker to map it out. Once that is done , get to pounding. Just make sure you don't hit your fingers.

Next if you are adding a handle grab your wire , and make it. Make sure you twist up the ends, and cut off the extra.

After that is done , if you want to paint your can, go right ahead . I used acrylics to paint on mine. You may have to do 2-3 layers , to get it the way you like. If your not the painting kind of person. Skip this step , and think about what you want to do with your can.

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