I love taking the opportunity to upcycle something that is considered trash and turning into something beautiful. That is why this tin can star DIY gets me so excited. Chances are you have an empty can laying around so that the opportunity to try this simple and fun project.

Tin Can Star Materials

  • Old beer or pop can
  • Scissors
  • Felt pen
  • Star template
  • Liquid glue
  • Glitter
  • Small nail

Find an old pop can and rinse it out. Carefully puncture a hole near the top where the can starts to curve and cut the entire top off. Cut a straight line down as far as you can go and cut the bottom off. You will be left with a curved piece of tin. Make sure it is completely clean and dry. Handle this piece with care as the edges can be quite sharp and jagged.


Next, flatten the piece out by tightly rolling the can the opposite way a couple times until it is easier to work with. Cut it in half so that you can make two stars. Find a star template on line and size it so that it will fit on your piece of tin. Trace your shape onto the opposite side using a felt pen.


Cut the star out and lightly score the edges that will be folded. I used the back of a butter knife with a ruler. The first time I tried to do this I ended up pressing to hard which caused the tin to snap.


Below you will see how to fold the star.


Using a small nail puncture a hole near the top of one of the points. You can string twine or ribbon through this hole so that you can hang it.


You can leave it as bare tin but I wanted to add a little sparkle to my star. I applied white craft glue and sprinkled silver glitter to cover it. Decorate it how ever you like. Paint, patina or gold leaf it to match your Christmas colour scheme. Add rhinestones and other embellishments to make it one of a kind.


The technique also works beautifully with paper if you would rather not mess with the sharp can.


Word of the Day: Flogger paint brush

A long haired paint brush used to create a dragged paint effect.

Happy Decorating!

AuthorCamille Pacori