I saw this idea on the interwebs somewhere about making luminaries out of tin cans and I thought how perfect that would be for a Chanukah craft project. This Chanukah craft requires very little skill and I made mine out of items I had laying around the house.
You will need:
- Tin cans, empty and clean
- Paint (spray paint for metal preferrably)
- A small nail
- A hammer
- Rags or kitchen towels
- Tea lights (1 for each luminary)
I used some old paint I had in the garage that was left over from painting my baby boy’s room. Spray paint formulated for metal would have been ideal, but I was feeling cheap since this was my first time making this project. Next time, I will definitely stump up for the spray paint.
The first step is to plan your design using the lines in the can. You can draw your design on the can first, but I just eyeballed it. Then, create a bed for your tin can with the towels. I used my kitchen towels. The bed will keep your can from slipping while you hammer it and will save the surface under it.
With the can firmly in place and your design roughly planned, put the nail up to the can and hammer it. I hit the nail softly at first until there is an indentation and then start giving the nail a good whack. The tin is very malleable and the nail goes in after a few hits. Wiggle the nail out but be careful not to widen the hole too much. You want a nicely shaped, small hole.
With the holes completed, paint the can. I dunked my can in the pot of paint, but if you have spray paint, place the can outside in an open area, making sure to cover the surface. Don’t wear anything nice either, paint always gets somewhere you don’t want it.
And voila! With the candle inside, the luminary is complete. Because there is a hammer and nail, this craft project is for big kids only. The Star of David is the easiest motif to do, but you can also do a menorah or a dreidel (without the letters unless you are a true master). And don’t just restrict yourself to blue…gold would be amazing too.