If you’re looking for a fun and cheap way to spice up your interior, the following three easy DIY projects are perfect for you! These fun do it your self projects show you how to turn leftover tins and metal tin containers into beautiful decoration for at home.
$5.00 Can Light:
Are you looking for that one perfect desk light but are not able to find it anywhere? Well, why not make one yourself? All you need is a cheap five dollar lamp from any local store and an empty soup can. With the right tools and a little bit of creativity, you’ll be able to turn these two components easily into a stylish and modern table light that is sure to spice up your interior.
The first thing you’ll have to do is get your old table light (or a cheap one you bought for this DIY project) and dismantle the wires and cut off its original shade. Be careful not do damage the stand of the light or the light bulb as we’ll still need these parts of the original lamp for our project.
Once you have dismantled the original light shade, use it as a template to find out where to drill all the appropriate holes in your tin can. After this, use a piece of sandpaper to remove all the sharp edges of your tin can. This is important as we all know how sharp soup tins can be and you don’t want anybody to get hurt or cut by touching your new table light!
After drilling all the holes and using the sandpaper to remove all sharp edges, it’s time to paint your lamp. It is advisable to use silver spray paint to color the inside of your tin can. This will help you to hide the seam of your can while simultaneously hiding any drill marks that accidentally occurred while making the holes. For the outside of the can, you can choose any color of your liking. Personally, I would advice taking an old and metallic color to add to the lamp’s industrial look. Put your lamp aside for a while and let the paint dry.
Now that the paint is dry, you can reassemble your lamp. To do so, you will need some basic knowledge about how to wire a lamp. If you are not sure, you can always ask a friend or visit your local hardware store or handyman. They will be able to help you out in a couple of minutes.
And there you are, you can call yourself the proud owner of your own can light! Simply plug it into the wall socket and switch on your new light. With its industrial look, this can light looks great among both modern and traditional household furniture.
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$5.00 Magnetic Tin Container Spice Rack
If you’re just like me and love to cook, you probably have a whole stack of spices cluttering up one of your kitchen drawers. Personally, I got tired of digging through all my spice jars every time again just to find the one that I was looking for. Then one day I came across the idea online of turning empty tin containers into a DIY spice rack. It looked very cool and also relatively easy to build so I gave it a try. For this project we’ll need:
- Tin containers
- Sticky magnets (around 3 per containers)
- Paper (or label maker)
- A paper towel
Once you have collected all the items you need, we’ll start off with preparing the tin containers. You can use any type of small metal container but personally I love to use a window tin. These metal tins come with a little window in the lid and thus allow you to see all the colorful spices inside.
To prepare the tins, we need to make sure that they are completely free of oils and other dirt. Therefore, the first thing we do is give them a quick clean-up with a wet tissue and some soap. After this, you take your sand paper and roughen up the back (bottom) of your tins. This is necessary for the magnets to stick. Once you are done with this, give your tins a quick clean up with a wet towel again to remove the dust.
Now, take your glue and carefully glue the magnets in place at the bottom of your window tins. Make sure that your glue sticks on aluminum as, in most cases, regular glue won’t do the trick. Once the magnets are in place, put your tins aside for several hours to let the glue dry.
After your glue has dried and the magnets are firmly attached, you can label your tins. To do so you can use paper but I would advice you to use a label maker instead. If you don’t have a label maker or paper available, you can always use a waterproof marker and write onto your tins directly.
Once you have attached the labels, your individual spice tins are virtually done. Simply fill each tin up with the herb that matches the label and attach them to a steel surface. You could either stick them to your fridge door or hang then from a metal strip attached to your kitchen cabinet doors or wall. When filled up with different color herbs, these spice tins truly will add some color to your kitchen.
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$0.50 Candle Tins
One of the easiest yet one of my favorite DIY projects with empty tin containers is making candle tins. This little project is good for a day of fun and will treat you to some beautiful home made candles.
Items you’ll need:
- (left-over) candle wax
- Small or medium sized tin containers
- Candle wicks
- An old pot
- A spoon
- Pair of scissors
- Toothpicks or chopsticks
- Optional: food coloring, glitters & essential oils
The first thing you’ll have to do is fill up your old pot with water and heat it up by using the stove. In the meanwhile, place an inner pot or bowl over your main pot and let the boiling water heat it up.
Once the water is boiling and the inner pot has been warned up, you can throw in the leftover candle wax. Be careful not to put everything at once. It’s a smart idea to make each candle one by one so only put in just enough wax to fill up a single tin.
After the wax has become liquid, you can add the food coloring, glitters, and essential oils to add some extra flair to your candles. After this, let your wax boil for a little longer.
Now, take your pot of the stove and let the wax cool down for just a minute. In the meanwhile grab a tin container and place a wick in the middle of the metal tin. Once done so, carefully fill up your tin with the candle wax. Be careful not to move the wick while doing so. After the tin has been filled up, you can use a pair of toothpicks or chopsticks to hold the wick in place while the wax hardens. After the candle hardened, get your scissors and cut off the wick at the right length.
While you are waiting for your first candle to harden, you can repeat the steps above to make other candles. You can either make the same candle or experiment with different colors and smells.
And there you have it! Your own home made candle tins. These little beauties are fun to make and look cool in any modern household. And what’s best is that you can burn them and enjoy the wonderful smell and colors of your home made candles.
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