Picture of Easy Snowflake Candle Holder (from a soda can)
Make this Super Easy, yet Beautiful Snowflake Candle Holder using NO SPECIAL TOOLS and an empty aluminum beverage can. 

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By the way, this is only my second Instructable, so feel free to give me your feedback!

So let's begin with the Snowflake Candle Holder.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Aluminum Beverage Can (Empty)
Paper (One sheet. Whatever you have: lined, plain, it doesn't matter.)
Eraser (Only if you plan to make mistakes.)
Scissors (Smaller ones will be easier to use. Make sure they are fairly sharp.)
Tape (Any type strong enough to hold cardboard.)
Permanent Marker (In a color that will show up on the can.)
Cardboard - Thin. (I used 2 toilet paper rolls, but use what you have, that's thin.)
Ruler (Not shown in image.)
Candle (Use a tealight, votive, stem - whatever you'd like. A few drops of candle wax will help it stick.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Aluminum cans may be very sharp when they are cut, so I would not recommend this project for children. Please take caution and use safety gloves or goggles, as you deem necessary. You assume all responsibility when creating this Instructable. You can also use sandpaper to dull the edges of the aluminum after you've completed this project, but it isn't necessary.

Additional Note: I was asked "how sharp are the edges?", and wanted to clarify that the edges themselves are not very sharp, but the cut points are. If you want to avoid this, simply adjust your design for more rounded corners. Also be sure to cut smoothly to avoid any jagged edges. Again, you can use sandpaper after its cut to smooth things further.
Bantiarna made it!8 months ago

I liked this instructable! The instructions were clear and the whole thing is totally customizeable. I had a lot of scrap... everything... from Christmas so I used some thin cardboard. I did not like that the cardboard does not wrap around the can nicely when you have corners like I did in mine. This could be because I used cardboard that was too thick, I'm not sure and I will play around with other options for it. The can cut WAY easier than I thought it would, I recommend short scissors for detail work. I am going to try my rotary cutter on the next one I make to see if I like that better.

Thank you for this instructable. :)

Bantiarna8 months ago

As a possible replacement to cardboard if you use tape to 'plasticize' your pattern it will work as well. Lay your pattern out on a flat surface and cover it with tape, let the tape overlap the edges of your pattern. Flip and repeat, being careful here to avoid air bubbles. Trim the tape to match your pattern. Will last longer than cardboard too if you like the pattern enough. :)

hajach2 years ago
Can you please post the pattern template?
bajablue3 years ago
canucksgirl (author)  bajablue3 years ago
Thank you! This was one of my first Instructables, and came to me one day while looking at a bag of recyclables. I hope you give it a try before Winter ends. ;)
I like! - I made something similar once, but just curled the sides down, not as pretty or intricate as yours. You have reminded me of another I made using half of the can and some wire, I suppose I'll have to do it again as an 'able... well done.
canucksgirl (author)  I am in the shed!3 years ago
Thank you. Yes, you'll have to try and do your project. I'd love to see it. :D
canucksgirl (author) 3 years ago
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
jen77143 years ago
I saw this on RobotLover's Advent calendar and I have to say it is really pretty! I love the idea of it. Good job!
canucksgirl (author)  jen77143 years ago
Thank you very much. I was lucky enough to be the last entry into the Advent Calendar. I'm glad you like it.
canucksgirl (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
btw, I just took a quick peak at your entry. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing. :)
Thanks for the nice comment!
mischka3 years ago
Very nice. Perfect advent calendar i'ble!
canucksgirl (author)  mischka3 years ago
Thanks mischka. I wanted to make something that would be super easy for anyone to make. - Can't wait to see yours on the 20th!
Uncle Kudzu3 years ago
Nice, detailed 'ible with very nice end result. I love it!

I may cut a few of these and attach them to my front door somehow. Maybe attach them to a wreath, or...
canucksgirl (author)  Uncle Kudzu3 years ago
I hope you do! I would love to see what you come up with, so share your photos when you get a chance.

Thanks for the comment
l8nite3 years ago
nicely done ! Hanging them from trees or whatever with some string instead of using a candle would also be a cool look, either paint the "back" or have multicolored "snowflakes"
canucksgirl (author)  l8nite3 years ago
You're absolutely correct. I thought about that very same idea. You could also embellish the center with a shiny clear gem and really bling it out for the tree. Especially since it weighs almost nothing right now. They also have metallic spray paint which could be a whole lot of fun.

If you happen to make it for the tree, post your photo here. I would love to see it.

Thanks for the comment. :)
jcanuck3 years ago
Great instructions. It looks easy!
canucksgirl (author)  jcanuck3 years ago
Thanks. It is. :)
ChrysN3 years ago
Great looking candle holder!
canucksgirl (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thank you
sunshiine3 years ago
This is so pretty! My husband really like it. Another thing I can add to my to do list of Instructables. Thanks for sharing.
canucksgirl (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thank you sunshiine.
canucksgirl (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
thank you... i was surprised when i saw it got featured.

Congrats on yours getting featured as well
You are welcome! I hope to try this when they give us a break from contest LOL.
monsterlego3 years ago
canucksgirl (author)  monsterlego3 years ago
Robot Lover3 years ago
This is really cool!
canucksgirl (author)  Robot Lover3 years ago
thank you
fjordcarver3 years ago
Who said that you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear? Nice Job!
canucksgirl (author)  fjordcarver3 years ago
Thanks :)
Cymru3 years ago
How sharp are the cut edges? Do you know of a way to curl them a bit so they won't be a cutting hazard? I'm thinking about using them with an LED tea light as presents for my sister and her family and they've got a small kid.
canucksgirl (author)  Cymru3 years ago
Hi Cymru,

The cut edges aren't that sharp at all. I can rub my finger against them without any feeling that I'd get hurt, however, the points are a bit sharp.
So I would suggest that you do 2 things. Make the snowflake arms with rounder points (done at the paper design step), and then when you're finished, use a little sandpaper to smooth out any areas that your concerned about.
That should solve the problem. - Keep in mind also that it is made to support a candle, and therefor a flame. (Young kids should be taught to keep away from anything lit.)