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Want to workout and craft at the same time? Sounds like a sweet deal, right? The project I am sharing with you today will give you just that. So just as a friendly warning, if you are anything like me, you will be sore for a few days after. It was sooo worth the pain though! I love this DiY so much and have been anxious to show you since I made it, with that here she is- my beautiful Tin Can Lamp!!

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Here is what you will need to make your own:

-2 large Tin Cans
Krylon ColorMaster Spray Paint
-Liquid Nails
-Light kit (I got mine on Amazon-here)
-Ice Pick (you could also use a large nail)

Using the ice pick and hammer, poke holes all over the both cans (except for the bottom of one). I followed some sort of pattern so that they would be evenly spaced, but don’t worry so much about that, it will still look great in the end!

This is what they should look like after you are super sore from all that hammering.

The next step is to create a hole towards the bottom of the base can that is the right size for your light kit to be inserted. My original plan was to create this hole by hammering small holes in a circle, but my amazing dad offered to use his drill and do it much quicker. So if you have a nice dad with a drill, don’t be shy to ask for a little help; everyone needs help sometimes!

Now take the holey cans outside and get ready for the project to really take shape! Unless you are a huge fan of peanuts (I don’t even eat peanuts), you will definitely want to cover the packaging information. This is super easy with the help of Krylon ColorMaster! It is perfect for metals (and lots of other materials too). I was able to cover the dark green with this beautiful Mambo pink (what a fun color name) with just 3 coats, not bad ehh??

Once the paint has dried , it is now time to light it up!.. kind of. It is time to insert the light kit. Simply put it through the hole that you created for it and screw in the light bulb from the inside.

Lastly, you need to adhere the two cans together! I did this with liquid nails and it worked fanatically! Simply squirt it along the edge of of the base can and place the top can on top of it. Add pressure and let set overnight.
And that’s it! You will then have a super cool DiY light for your nightstand or where ever you plan on using it! I have to be quite honest with you all; when I first started on this project, I thought it would be my next craft fail (they happen quite often) but MAN was I wrong! I think this is actually my favorite DiY project to date. I love looking at the little twinkling lights and the cool patterns that they make on my walls!


I hope you have enjoyed today’s tutorial and maybe, just maybe, you were inspired to create your own tin can lamp! You don’t have to be an electrician!