Halloween Luminaries -Upcycled Tin Cans

Finished cans 1Halloween Craft Idea!

Recycle and repurpose not only a tin can, old jewelry, old book pages and left-over fabric scraps.

It’s amazing what you can do with commonly tossed items such as recycled tin soup cans. Follow along with me as I show you how I turned these cans into upcycled Halloween luminaries.

Recycled soup cansMeasure and cut canvas sheets or material purchased in the fabric section to the length and width of the cans you are using.

Using Jacquard Product’s Lumiere and Neopaque paints, dry brush the cut canvas sheets while lying flat.

Lumiere paintsI chose to use Neopaque Black first, making wide brush strokes using a 1″ flat brush, brushing both horizontally and vertically on the canvas.

Dry brush canvas sheets When the black paint is dry, paint strokes using Lumiere in Metallic Copper. Finish with Metallic Silver, and Neopaque White.
Dry brush canvas sheets 2
To attach the sheets to the recycled cans, apply strong tacky glue to the back and wrap around the cans. If needed, use rubber bands to hold the canvas in place on the can while the glue sets.

Punch holes for broochWhile cleaning out some old jewelry, I came across some interesting brooches to give the luminaries an upcycled, sophisticated look. Attach the brooches by punching some holes with a heavy duty hole punch and pressing the parts of the brooch that hold the pin bar into the punched holes. Additionally, use some heavy duty glue to hold the brooch in place. In other posts, I have ranted and raved about the We R Memory Keepers – Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite. I discovered that it is currently on sale at Scrapbook.com. It is one of those craft supplies that makes you wonder how you ever did without it once you get one.

Halloween sentiments Create some Halloween sentiments by stamping on Jacquard’s cotton percale. Of course, this product is also inkjet printer friendly so you can create your sentiments using a fun font and printer.

Attached handle
Scalloped edged cardstock, dry brushed with Neopaque black makes a pretty edged accent.

This handle, made by 7 Gypsies, was attached by punching addtional holes at the top of the can and inserting the wire of the handle into the punched holes. I painted it first with Neopaque Black and dry brushed it with Metallic Silver.

Finished cans 2Light up your Upcycled Halloween Luminary using a waxed votive or a battery operated tea light.

Both Lumiere and Neopaque paints can be purchased from Dick Blick.

Need more Halloween Decorating ideas? See this post on decorating the outside of your home using your existing features.

Live Life Creatively,


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