Tutus and Tea Parties: Valentine's Day Can-dle Holder

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentine's Day Can-dle Holder

This candle holder is made from a can and it's a great project to work on together to give to someone special on Valentine's Day!

What you need:
  • an empty, washed out can with the label peeled and top off {make sure there are no sharp edges!!}
  • paints in your color choice {we used kids poster paint}& brushes
  • a hammer and a nail
  • a sharpie
  • heart stencil {I used the small heart from here}
What to do:

Place the can upside down {the closed bottom side up} so your child can hold it without touching the inside in case of sharp edges. 
I can't stress enough to make sure there are no sharp edges. Be sure to supervise your child as they are painting so they do not touch the opening or inside of the can juuuust in case!

For the kids to do: Paint the whole outside of the can {you don't have to paint the bottom}.

For the parent to do: Cut out your small heart stencil out of sturdy paper or thin cardboard {like from a cereal box}. I used a file folder. Place it in the center and mark dots along the heart with a sharpie.

Now for the fun part! Take your hammer and nail and bang the nail into the can on each sharpie mark. {if you don't have a steady hand the nail might scratch off some of the paint. We just repainted around the heart where it scratched off. It's up to you if you want to let your child help or handle the hammer. It does take some force though.
{or you can save the painting for last}

Place a tea light candle inside {or one of those flameless ones} and enjoy the heart shaped glow!

 {I have one of those long match holders so I didn't burn myself lighting it}


Have a happy Valentine's Day!

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  1. How fun!! Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday! We look forward to seeing what you share this week.

  2. Oooh! I love it! Candles are very popular around here, too! Thanks for sharing it on Teach Me Tuesday!

  3. Is this a good project for fine motor skills? Do you think? I love it. Fantastic!


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