If you caught yesterday’s 10 Best DIY Valentinesyou may already have your February 14th crafting game plan all mapped out… but Valentine’s Day DIYs don’t have to be limited to small tokens of affection for your loved ones. For this project, I used a small, tarnished paint can to make a votive that’s perfect for adorning the table at a romantic dinner for two — and if you ask me, it’s a decorative detail that can find a place in the home all year-round. Mix yours up by using a variety of can types and sizes, different paint colors, or even using them as planters! Keep reading for the step by step instructions…

Tin Can Valentine’s Votive

  • small tin can
  • white printer paper
  • scotch tape
  • red spray paint
  • drill with 5/64 drill bit (or any small sized drill bit)
  • tealight candle

  1. Hand draw or print a heart shape onto paper. For my 4″ tall can, I printed 2.25″ tall hearts. Cut out heart, and trim paper to match the height of the can.
  2. Tape heart stencil onto can.
  3. Spray red spray paint into heart cutout. Allow to dry, then remove stencil.
  4. Hold can securely, and drill holes around the perimeter of the heart, eye-balling the placement of each hole. Set a lit tea light candle in the center.

*top image by Chad Wadsworth, all others by Jessi Afshin

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Comments (14)
  1. 1
    Deanie January 31, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Cute idea!

  2. 2
    Cara Greenstein January 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Ah, this turned out so cute!

    • Chanel Dror January 31, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      All thanks to your clutch paint can find!!

  3. 3
    diane smith January 31, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    So clever! LOVE this project!
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. 4
    eveofreduction February 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    what size drill bit did you use? Thanks!

    • Chanel Dror February 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Hi there! I used a 5/64 drill bit 🙂

  5. 5
    Lindsay {Everistta} February 5, 2014 at 9:10 am

    What an easy and cute gift! Love it!

  6. 6
    Lolade February 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I will be trying this idea for my teachers. A nice touch!

  7. 7
    Effy Huang-Lichtenegger February 10, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Brilliant indeed!



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