Tea Light Holders (Upcycle) with Tutorial

*Tis the season to be sick :(  My son and I are both sick since yesterday morning ... fever!  We managed to let the day pass as normal as possible so we will not feel very very sick.  Although once in awhile we both get the worst headache for few seconds we still laughed, ate, watched films, and most of all do crafting.  He wanted to help me but I'm worried about him hurting himself along the way so he decided to play with his military games instead.

About my latest project, I, once again recycle/upcycle something from the trash bin hehehehehehehe.  We normally put all empty beer cans on a special trash bin outside so that we can return it every end of the month and get money in return.  I have to haggle with my son coz the money we get from returning the empty beer cans is something he claims his.  Each empty beer can we get 50 öre and at the end of the month we usually get about 75kr.  Oh you might think we drink a lot of beer here at home so let me clarify.  It's not only empty beer cans that we return but also empty water or soda cans/bottles.  Big empty soda7water bottles we get ranging from 1kr to 4kr =)  Yeah, we drink a lot of soda water here especially the strawberry flavored ones =)

Materials Used:

Empty Beer Cans
Knife and scissors
Alcohol Inks - Adirondack:  Lettuce and Eggplant
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders - Asian Bundle:  Oriental Weave (top layer) and Plum Blossons (Middle layer) and Swiss Dots EF for the bottom layer
Brads - nothing fancy just the ones from office supply in any bookstore
Sizzix In Bloom Die - Flower #4:  top and bottom flowers
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Die - Tattered Flowers - middle flowers


1.  Gather all the empty beer cans that you want to use.

2.  Remove the top and bottom parts of the empty beer cans.  
It's easy to strike the knife then cut using a scissor.

3.  Wash and let dry but if you are in a hurry pat dry with a dish towel.

4.  Die cut the beer cans and emboss.

5.  Ink the edges using alcohol inks.
and punch holes at the center of each flower.

6.  Assemble each flower.

There you have it!  Very nice to use and pretty to look at especially now that winter is just around the corner.

Happy crafting!

Happy recycling/upcycling =)

until then.....


Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [15 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria


Thanks again Maria =)

ails said...

These are cute Jewels! :D Your die cutter must be really powerful to be able to do that to the beer cans. :)


Big Shot is really awesome plus I used Sizzix/Tim Holtz die(s) - they're really heavy duty =)

Unknown said...



Hi joyce! Nice of you to drop by here :-) Thanks!

franzesjoi said...

ang cute ate!!! galing!! :)


Hi Joy!

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