Express DIY: twinkling tealights from soda cans

Upcycle your recycling with these surprisingly stylish soda cans.

Photo by Agnieszka Pogorzelska

This is one of the most rewarding DIY projects I have worked on lately. It’s so simple, and I have to admit that punching the little holes is extremely satisfying, a bit like popping the bubble wrap. I just couldn’t stop! You can put it on an elegant side table, but be warned, your teens might snatch it for their room.

Express DIY: twinkling tealights from soda cans

Photo by Agnieszka Pogorzelska

You will need:

soda can
sand
can opener
drawing pins
tea light
long matches

Step 1:

Express DIY: twinkling tealights from soda cans

Photo by Agnieszka Pogorzelska

Open the can and drink/empty the contents. Using the can opener remove the top lid.

Step 2:

Express DIY: twinkling tealights from soda cans

Photo by Agnieszka Pogorzelska

Fill the can with sand and secure with cling wrap on top. The sand will prevent the can from getting deformed while making the holes.

Step 3:

Express DIY: twinkling tealights from soda cans

Photo by Agnieszka Pogorzelska

Start making holes with the drawing pin following the logo lines. Make sure you leave some space between the holes.

Step 4:

Express DIY: twinkling tealights from soda cans

Photo by Agnieszka Pogorzelska

When your pattern is ready, remove most of the sand, leaving just a thin layer at the bottom. It will make the bottom flat and ensure the tea light is stable. Put the tea light inside and light with a long match.

Express DIY: twinkling tealights from soda cans

Photo by Agnieszka Pogorzelska

Agnieszka Pogorzelska
Agnieszka Pogorzelska
Agnieszka Pogorzelska is a Polish fashion stylist with 13 years' experience at major fashion magazines (including Elle and InStyle) turned DIY expert. She loves hunting for vintage furniture with flaws, can't live without fresh flowers, and creates cute PogoPony bag charms in her free time. Her own apartment gets a makeover at least once a month and her basement is constantly filled with trash that will surely be turned into treasures. .

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