DIY Paint Can Lights

Decorative paint containers plus candles equal a beautifully in-can-descent effect.

paintcans

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: For a paper pattern like the one shown, first draw a 13-1/4″x4″ [33.66 cm x 10.16 cm] rectangle on a piece of legal- or tabloid-size paper; then draw three lines to divide it into four equal sections 3-5/16″ [8.41 cm] wide. Draw an “X” between the corners of each section. Lay a ruler on both diagonals of each “X”, and mark the lines every 3/8″ [.95 cm] from the centre to the corners.

Step 2: Cut the 13-1/4″x4″ [33.66 cm x 10.16 cm] pattern to size. Using transparent tape, fasten the pattern snugly on the can. Now rest the can in a shoebox with one end removed to collect the metal fragments as you drill. This also lets you hold the lantern with one hand to steady it.

Step 3: Wearing safety goggles, drill the pattern into the can using a 3/8″ [.95 cm] drill bit. (Adjust drill bit size to suit your taste.) This can be tiring and is best done half a lantern at a time.

Step 4: To paint the lanterns, prime with the spray primer, then apply a base coat in the colours shown with a small flat 2″ [5.08 cm] paintbrush. Re-coat if necessary and allow to dry overnight or at least 4–6 hours before using.

Step 5: Place a glass votive candle or tea light inside the can — and let it shine!

PROJECT DETAILS

Estimated cost: $7* + paint

Skill level: Beginner

Time Estimate: 45 minutes + drying

Tools:

  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Straightedge
  • Right angle
  • Hole punch
  • Fine-tip Sharpie
  • Shoebox
  • Safety goggles
  • Paintbrush
  • Electric drill
  • 3/8″ [.95 cm] drill bit
  • Glass votive candles or tea lights
  • 1 quart [946 mL] metal paint can with lid

Get it at Lowe’s:

  • 12 oz. [340 g] Valspar Grey Spray primer (#282325)
  • Valspar paint samples:
    • Gilded Pesto (#6007-6B)
    • Summer’s End (#6005-4C)
    • Fiesta Blue (#5003-10A)
    • Garden Pool (#5003-10C)
    • Hacienda Tile (#2010-4)
    • Autumn Gala (#2004-1A)
INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1: For a paper pattern like the one shown, first draw a 13-1/4″x4″ [33.66 cm x 10.16 cm] rectangle on a piece of legal- or tabloid-size paper; then draw three lines to divide it into four equal sections 3-5/16″ [8.41 cm] wide. Draw an “X” between the corners of each section. Lay a ruler on both diagonals of each “X”, and mark the lines every 3/8″ [.95 cm] from the centre to the corners.
Step 2: Cut the 13-1/4″x4″ [33.66 cm x 10.16 cm] pattern to size. Using transparent tape, fasten the pattern snugly on the can. Now rest the can in a shoebox with one end removed to collect the metal fragments as you drill. This also lets you hold the lantern with one hand to steady it.
Step 3: Wearing safety goggles, drill the pattern into the can using a 3/8″ [.95 cm] drill bit. (Adjust drill bit size to suit your taste.) This can be tiring and is best done half a lantern at a time.
Step 4: To paint the lanterns, prime with the spray primer, then apply a base coat in the colours shown with a small flat 2″ [5.08 cm] paintbrush. Re-coat if necessary and allow to dry overnight or at least 4–6 hours before using.
Step 5: Place a glass votive candle or tea light inside the can — and let it shine!
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