Seasonal Crafts: Make a Holiday Candle Decoration

Transform a soda can into a holiday candle decoration. You may want to ask your parents to help with the cutting part. Here's how:

  • Very carefully cut off the top and bottom of the soda can with heavy-duty scissors.
  • Cut the seam open and flatten the can, with the shiny side up and the soda logo down.
  • Trace a star, snowman, or Christmas-tree design onto the flattened can, but leave a 1-½-inch border the whole width of the can at the bottom edge. The border is going to be the stand for the decoration.
  • Use heavy-duty scissors to cut out the design and the border, and use a paper punch to punch holes into the aluminum for light to shine through.
  • Carefully sand any sharp edges when you are finished cutting and punching holes.
  • Bend the bottom edge backward into a circle, shiny side out, and secure with staples.
  • Put the decoration on a plate and put a votive candle inside the circle, or put the decoration around a candle that's in its own holder.

Illustration by Margo Letourneau

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