Wall-Mounted Tin Can Tea Lights

I absolutely love candles; I love seeing the flames, I love the smell, they’re just awesome to have around. But we have cats who climb on every horizontal surface we own, so it’s a bit dangerous to have lit candles in the house. Luckily, there’s a super easy way to put your candles up on the wall and out of the way: Make some wall-mounted tea light holders out of recycled tin cans!

DIY Wall-Mounted Tea Light Holders Made From Recycled Tin Cans!

How cool is that?!

This project is so easy; it took me about ten minutes total. You need:

  • empty tuna cans or cat food cans
  • paint (spray paint or regular paint is fine)
  • tea lights
  • scrapbook paper, or any pretty paper
  • a gluestick
  • washi tape (optional)
  • adhesive strips for hanging the cans on the wall

I have been saving our empty cat food tins for months now, and I’m so excited to have finally found a use for them! JM had to stop me from making about twenty of these; for now we just have three. 🙂

I started by cleaning out my can. You don’t want any of that fishy smell left!

Once the cans were clean and dry, I took them outside and gave the insides a quick coat of gold spray paint. You can easily just paint the inside with a brush if you don’t have spray paint, or you can leave them unpainted if you like that silver color.

Once the paint dries, cut a strip of paper to size to cover the outside of the can. Glue one end of the paper down, wrap it around the can, and glue down the other end.

If you want further decoration, wrap a piece of washi tape around the tea light.

DIY Wall-Mounted Tea Light Holders Made From Recycled Tin Cans!

I used little foam 3M sticky squares to hang these on the wall. Anything sticky on both sides will work, but be careful because there is a rim around the bottom of the cans that sticks out a bit. Your sticky needs to be thicker than that rim so that the adhesive still hits the wall when you go to hang the can up.

DIY Wall-Mounted Tea Light Holders Made From Recycled Tin Cans!

DIY Wall-Mounted Tea Light Holders Made From Recycled Tin Cans!

DIY Wall-Mounted Tea Light Holders Made From Recycled Tin Cans!

Pretty cool huh?

How do you do candles in your home? Do you have to worry about rambunctious pets like we do? These little cans are actually doubly awesome because they keep the candles away from the cats, and they allow me to decorate with candles even though we don’t have a mantel or any real horizontal decorating surface.

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  1. Gabriellaug says

    9 years ago

    Hi! This is a wonderful idea..but… when you spraypaint the inside, doesn’t it come off, burn, or smell when you have burning flame to it?

    I guess you’ve tested it…. I was just a bit worried 😛

    • Jessi @ Practically Functional says

      9 years ago

      Good question! I was definitely worried about that too, but it turned out to be just fine! The only issue that I noticed is that a bit of carbon from the smoke collects on the can right above the flame, but this would happen regardless of whether or not it was spray painted. The paint doesn’t smell or burn or anything if you do a light coat and let it dry all the way before lighting a candle in there!

  2. Marti says

    10 years ago

    What a great idea! Now I know what to do with all my cat food cans. 🙂

  3. Mariel says

    10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your great idea with the ‘Or so she says…’ readers! The newest link party just kicked off today (every Sat. – Tues), I would love to have you back! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  4. Laura says

    10 years ago

    I love these lights! Not only are they great on the wall, but they’d also be great placed on a table in a row for a striking centerpiece! Thank you for linking up to The CSI Project Washi Tape Challenge. Laura at The Ironstone Nest

  5. Debra says

    10 years ago

    Those are so pretty. I never would have guessed they were tin cans in their other life. lol

  6. Debbie says

    10 years ago

    These are so pretty! What a unique idea. I’ve been checking out your blog and I just have to follow you now. Lots of neat ideas and wonderful posts.
    I have one question, when the candles are lit, do they blacken or bubble the paint at the top of the can?
    Debbie 🙂

    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      So far they have not. I was a bit worried the smoke would blacken the paint on the inside at the top, and my husband was worried the paint would freak out and bubble because of the heat, but neither has happened so far! I’m not sure it never will, but I have those candles lit for a few hours every couple of days and it’s fine so far. 🙂

      • Debbie says

        10 years ago

        That’s great to know! I have these pinned to make one day soon. Thanks for replying.
        Debbie 🙂

        • Jessi says

          10 years ago

          Also, I just realized, if they do get black from the smoke, the blackness should wipe right off with a damp cloth or something. That black is just carbon or something and I’ve found (in some glass containers that I have other candles in) that if you wipe it down every once in a while the black comes off and doesn’t become permanently discolored. If it builds up too much I imagine it will be hard to get off, but it seems okay so far.

  7. Katherines Corner says

    10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Sorry It’s taken me a while to get here and say thank you xo

    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      Lol, no problem! Thanks for the invite, I love finding new blogs and new link parties!

  8. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says

    10 years ago

    Wow – this is an awesome idea! So creative. I’m pinning this on my “31 days of new uses for old things” pin board. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime.

  9. Mariel says

    10 years ago

    Way cute! Simple and pretty. I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ and share your great ideas at the link party, going on right now. Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      Wow, thanks Julie!

    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      Awesome, thanks Christine! As soon as I’m back at a real computer I’d be honored to grab a button!

  10. Katherines Corner says

    10 years ago

    what a wonderfully creative idea and excellent recycling too! Hopping over from The Gathering Spot xo

  11. Dawnelle says

    10 years ago

    These are super cute and super simple! I love them! I would love to have you come over and link them up to Pintastic Monday, my little Pinterest link party!
    http://justdawnelle.blogspot.com

    Dawnelle

  12. Terry says

    10 years ago

    What a great idea!

  13. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says

    10 years ago

    These are incredibly clever!!! Thanks for sharing at our uncommonly yours link party! Sharing tonight on our FB page!!

  14. Danni Baird says

    10 years ago

    Genius! I love these …so simple…so elegant!

  15. Cecilia says

    10 years ago

    Really pretty! 🙂
    Cecilia

  16. Tulip says

    10 years ago

    Really cool idea. I would like to see them from further back. I bet the light looks really cool reflecting off the can. It would be fun to do a cluster of them in different patterns. Stopping by from Crystal and Co. Hope to see you at True Aim. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Petie says

    10 years ago

    Very clever idea! Have your cats even tried to jump on these? Looking forward to exploring your blog more 🙂

    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      They haven’t tried to jump on these yet, so fingers crossed!

  18. Mel says

    10 years ago

    Love Candles, I have to do this! They look beautiful

  19. Christine says

    10 years ago

    Oh WOW Jessi!!! Soooooo pretty!!!! Love how it gives such a nice ambience!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  20. [email protected]! says

    10 years ago

    I love this!! What a great idea. I know all about cats, we have (2) and they think they own the house and get into everything.

    Newest follower via the hop. ☺

  21. PJ says

    10 years ago

    so cute!

    I think if you filled the inside with little mirrors, like a disco ball it would look wicked cool!

    going to have to buy the tuna that comes in a can now instead of a pouch!

  22. Talitha says

    10 years ago

    Ok, seriously. That is adorable! I love it!

  23. Steph @ meet.make.laugh. says

    10 years ago

    Wow what a great idea! These look fabulous…. you would never know they are cat food tins! 🙂

  24. Katie says

    10 years ago

    That. Is.

    The coolest ever!

    And totally doable, too. Now I guess we just need to eat some tuna (or cat food). ^_^

  25. Pat Toler says

    10 years ago

    Love the idea of the wall candles…these would be pretty on a screened & windowed
    Florida room also. Your cats must be mischievous, we were able to train ours to
    stay off the counters, tables, etc. At first they loved knocking over a cup with a straw,
    but that was their worst. Love your ideas that brighten up the home!

  26. [email protected] says

    10 years ago

    Brilliant idea! Love that you repurposed the tuna can and it’s so gorgeous now you’d never know what it was in it’s former life. I’d have to use the battery tea lights because I have kids, but it’d still look great. CAN’t wait to try it. 😉

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