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Spicy Candle Lanterns



Here is a project from my La Casa Loca Book!

Have you ever whipped up a batch of salsa and flinched when it was time to toss out the chili can? Especially if it has a pretty label, like this? Don’t do it! Salvage it and morph it into a candle holder! Imagine how cute this will look in your kitchen or outdoor patio. If you want more light to show through, you can drill holes around the body of it. These would also work cute as covers on patio lights. Maybe a little heavy, but it’s worth checking out.

  • One empty, clean and dried 8-ounce can of Mexican chilies
  • Can opener
  • Sandpaper
  • Hand drill
  • 4 jump rings, 3/8″
  • 3 pieces of chain or coiled color wire, 8″ each
  • Dangling charm
  • Glass votive holder
  • Votive or tea-light candle

1. Sand the edges of the empty and clean can at the ridge to remove any sharp points.2. Drill three holes at the top of the can (just below the ridge) in a triangular fashion, in order to attach the chains. Drill two holes close together at the bottom of the can. Attach a jump ring to each hole at the top and one through the two holes at the bottom.
3. Hook one chain strip to each jump ring. Gather them at the top and connect with two jump rings. Add a dangling chain to the bottom jump ring.
4. Insert the glass votive holder and candle into the can.
5. Hang and light.

If you can’t find any cool chili cans, print out some pictures or vintage food labels and attach them around a small tomato sauce can.
Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).


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3 thoughts on “Spicy Candle Lanterns”

  1. Thank you for the response! Darn ahaha … That was a great way to use a great piece like that necklace!! Beautiful Job ! I will be making some!!


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