Barn Wood Candle {Easy Tin Can Project}

Every time I go on a road trip, I pass so many old barns that are falling down, and it kills me to see all that amazing barn wood just rotting away, especially since I could think of hundreds of projects to use it on.

Create beautiful handmade candles that have the rustic look of barn wood. Tutorial at Knick of Time - www.knickoftime.net

Well, I was in the craft store a few days ago and found some amazing scrapbook paper made to look like old barn wood.

… Had to have it!

Repurposed Tin Can Candles for rustic home decor or outdoor barn weddings - www.knickoftime.net

I didn’t have any scrapbook projects to use it on, but I did have tin cans.

I always have tin cans. 🙂

Repurposed Tin Can Candles for rustic home decor or outdoor barn weddings - www.knickoftime.net The last time I did a tin cans project, I made office organizers.  I didn’t need more of those, but I use candles year-round.  So I turned my tin cans into barn wood candles, and it was so easy!

Supplies Needed:

First, you need to prepare the can.  I used hot glue to set the wick in the bottom of the cans.

While the glue cools and sets, boil a pot of water and  put the wax melts into another tin can (one with no wick), then set the can in the water until the wax is melted.

Repurposed Tin Can Candles for rustic home decor or outdoor barn weddings - www.knickoftime.net

Carefully pour the hot wax into the cans with wicks.

Pull the wick up straight and position it between two pencils on top of the can.

Try not to disturb the can while the wax hardens.  Letting it harden overnight or longer is best.

Repurposed Tin Can Candles for rustic home decor or outdoor barn weddings - www.knickoftime.net

Once the wax is completely cool and solid, cut the barn wood paper to fit the size of each can and use the double-sided tape to attach it to the cans.

Repurposed Tin Can Candles for rustic home decor or outdoor barn weddings - www.knickoftime.net

Trim the wicks to 1/8″.

Repurposed Tin Can Candles for rustic home decor or outdoor barn weddings - www.knickoftime.net

I used the tape to attach lace around the top and bottom rims of the cans to give them a finished look.

Repurposed Tin Can Candles for rustic home decor or outdoor barn weddings - www.knickoftime.net

If you’re not comfortable with candle making, you could also just put votives inside the cans.  But I wanted candles that would burn longer.

These would be perfect for an outdoor or barn wedding and could be customized with any kind of paper.

Turn empty tin cans into barn wood style candle holders that are incredibly easy to make. Perfect for an outdoor wedding, handmade gift or home decor - www.knickoftime.net

Now, if only I could get my hands on some of the wood from an old, falling-apart barn!

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Repurposed Tin Can Candles for rustic home decor or outdoor barn weddings - www.knickoftime.net

Vaya con Dios,

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Comments

  1. This is a fun idea, Angie…and I have some of this paper! I’d like using the cans covered with this paper for organizers, too…thanks for the inspiration!

  2. These are darling! I’ve never seen that barn wood paper, but I will definitely be looking for it!

  3. Candy Walsh says:

    I love this project! I always save the wax from my candles that won’t burn any longer and I have two baggies full of mixed fragrances, with the idea in the back of my head to use it for candles. I’m so glad I saw this!! And I have some wood grain paper too in a variety of colors.
    Thank you so much for the tip and inspiration!

  4. Angie, I like that craft paper with the wood look. The candles are the perfect use for it. Think I’ll look for some. Thanks for the post. It’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

  5. Very cute! Perfect for a rustic Christmas.

  6. I really like real barnwood, so also paper to look like it! I, too, save clean cans for various projects. So, this project is great for me. I love how yours turned out, especially with the lace.

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