If you’re looking for a simple way to add a little light to your space, here is the perfect project for you! This would also make a great project to do with your students, kids, grandkids, or girlfriends — though if you do this project with littles, I would recommend using a different glue than hot glue unless you take over for the cutting and the gluing parts. 🙂
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-clean tuna cans with labels removed
-scrapbooking paper (or ribbon)
-straight edge (I used a ruler.)
-hot glue gun/sticks
-box cutter (or X-Acto knife)
-tea lights candles (or battery powered…see photo further down in the tutorial)
*Note: this project only cost me $5 as I only had to purchase the battery powered tea lights — I had everything else on hand.
STEP 1: Cut scrapbooking paper
The first step I took was to cut strips of scrapbooking paper. I wrapped a full piece of scrapbooking paper around one of my tuna cans, with the edge of the paper just under the lip of the can, to get an idea of how wide the finished paper strip needed to be — it ended up being roughly 1-1/4″.
STEP 2: Hot glue paper strips to cans
Next, I used hot glue to adhere the scrapbooking paper strips to my cans. I started with a small line of glue to get the end adhered to the can, then every inch or so I added more glue until the entire strip was glued to the can.
STEP 3: Make hanger for cans
Once all of my cans were covered, I took my twine and…
…made a bow from the end of the twine…
…then I cut the bow loose. I’d recommend making small bows — maybe an inch and a half to 2″ or so. These are basically just to add an extra little touch to the cans.
Next, I cut different lengths of twine. I didn’t measure anything — just simply started with one length, laid it out and then cut the other lengths, so that all of the cans would ultimately hang at different heights.
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