How to Repurpose Old Coffee Cans into Quirky Candle Holders

How to Repurpose Old Coffee Cans into Quirky Candle Holders

I absolutely love repurposing old items around my home into fun DIY projects. It’s amazing what you can do with a little creativity! One of my favorite things to repurpose is old coffee cans. With a simple design and a splash of color, I can turn boring tins into quirky candle holders that add personality to any space.

Gathering Materials

The first step is gathering my materials. For each candle holder I’ll need:

  • 1 clean empty coffee can (plastic lid removed)
  • Spray paint in my color(s) of choice
  • Pencil
  • Craft paper or wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tea light or votive candle

I like to use coffee cans of various sizes and styles to make a eclectic collection. Soup and vegetable cans also work well. Just make sure to thoroughly wash and dry the cans first.

For paint, any all-purpose spray paint works. Matte, glossy, metallic – get creative! I like to use bright, vibrant colors for a pop of fun.

Designing Your Candle Holders

Now comes the fun part – dreaming up a design! Here are some easy ideas to spark your creativity:

Geometric Shapes

Use a pencil to trace simple shapes – circles, triangles, squares, etc. – onto craft paper. Cut them out and glue shapes onto the can with hot glue. Spray paint the entire can and let dry. The paper shapes will act as a stencil and create a geometric pattern.

Freehand Designs

If you’re feeling artistic, try freehand drawings! Florals, polka dots, abstract shapes – anything goes. Use pencil to sketch your design on the can and fill it in with paint.

Textured Patterns

For an organic, rustic look, glue bits of jute twine or burlap onto the can in stripes or criss-cross patterns. Spray paint over top. The texture remains, for a handmade feel.


Print out custom labels – like “Coffee” or “Tea” – onto paper and adhere to the can with glue. If you have nice handwriting, paint the labels on by hand!

Painting and Finishing Touches

Once you’ve created your design, follow these steps:

  • Spray paint cans and let fully dry before handling. Do this outdoors and use newspaper to protect surfaces.

  • If desired, use a sealant spray for added protection and sheen.

  • Install battery-operated tea lights or votives.

  • Arrange your new candle holders on mantles, shelves, entryway tables, etc.

  • Sit back and enjoy your handmade set of quirky, one-of-a-kind candle holders!

The design options are endless. Let your imagination run wild! Upcycle cans into candle holders with your favorite colors, patterns, and motifs. Personalize them to match your home’s style. Make an assortment of different sizes and shapes for extra visual interest.

Not only are these projects budget-friendly and eco-conscious, they also make great handmade gifts! With a few spare cans, basic craft supplies, and creativity you can turn trash into treasure.

Tips for Success

Here are some handy tips for getting the most out of your DIY coffee can candle holders:

  • Thoroughly clean and dry cans before starting. Remove any sticky residue.

  • Use primer spray if painting a dark color over already colored cans.

  • Allow adequate drying time between coats of spray paint.

  • Apply spray paint in light, even coats for best coverage.

  • Make designs simple enough to cut precisely from paper.

  • Hot glue paper stencils in place before spray painting.

  • Work in a well-ventilated area when spray painting.

  • Once paint is dry, seal with spray sealant for added protection.

  • Anchor tea lights in place with hot glue if needed.

With some easy preparation and basic techniques, it’s simple to turn everyday cans into chic candle luminaries! Get creative repurposing coffee cans into holders that show off your unique style.