Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DIY Tuesday: Rustic Lighting

A few weeks ago my husband came home from work with a few treasures that he picked up around his job site (he is in commercial construction). Among his assortment of treasures were a bunch of old rustic tin cans which I was immediately drawn too.

I thought about all of the fun things we could make with the cans and then decided they would be great to use as accent lighting. So, I had my husband carefully and randomly drill holes into each can so it would create a "star-like" effect when lit with a candle inside.

It was such an easy project and I LOVE how they turned out. I'm excited to have them because they can be used in so many different ways. My first thought, was that I could line them up on a long table runner and use them as a centerpiece for a more formal dinner. They can also be hung together to create a chandelier look or could be placed separately around the yard in the trees (great decoration for a wedding reception too!)

Now, I realize that not everyone can just go and buy old rusted cans. But you can create a similar look and buy the same type of cans from a craft store and just paint them or leave them plain. Infact, I was thinking that having a few of these painted in black would make an awesome centerpiece for a Halloween Table setting!

Click below for a short tutorial on how to create these lights!...

Star Can Lighting

Materials Needed
Metal cans (can be purchased at most craft stores)
Electric Drill - with a small drill bit size
Thick wire for hanging
Tea lights
Clamp - optional

Step 1. Clamp the first can to the edge of a work table or bench.

Step 2. Drill small holes randomly or in a pattern around your can and file down sharp edges inside the can as needed.

Step 2. If you would like to hang your can lights, drill 2 holes across from each other at the top of your can. Then, loop a wire through the holes so you have something to hang the lights by.

Step 3. Place a small candle or tea light, place inside of each can and light (MAKE SURE TO USE A LONG STEM LIGHTER TO AVOID ANY REMAINING SHARP EDGES INSIDE THE CAN) .

Display them however you wish! 


  1. This is an awesome idea! They turned out perfectly! And I think they would look great as a centerpiece or hanging outside or at a wedding! Pinning right now :)

  2. What a great idea!!! Kinda makes me want to ask the hubs to leave his office and head out to one of their job sites! Good hubby you have there!

  3. These are completely adorable!! Kudos to your hubby for saving them for you!!! :)

    I will now be saving cans!

  4. Didn't your husband come home with the log for the adorable pencil holder? Where did you find HIM? :)
    These are so great and your pictures are fantastic.

  5. oh my goodness, i love these!! i will definitely try something like this. cute blog! :)

  6. Beautiful! Who would’ve thought that something can be made out of old rustic tin cans?! I’ll make one myself soon.

    -Allison Shallenberger


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