Oh, how this little DIY project took me back. Back to the second grade, when my art teacher, a tall man with a dark beard, taught us how to make these wonderful Pringles can Christmas candles. I must have made a dozen of them during my childhood, and I’m so glad the memory came back to me so I could share it with all of you!
It’s really easy and you may already have everything you need on hand. If not, all the materials can be found easily at the grocery store, the thrift store, and/or WalMart.
- empty Pringles potato chip can, wiped clean
- standard size canning jar ring (not wide-mouth)
- glass votive cup with tapered sides (found at WalMart, called “oyster votive”, $0.77) or plastic water bottle
- battery operated tea light or regular votive candle
- cotton balls or quilt batting
- Christmas greeting card with nice image on the front or image printed from computer
- tiny Christmas trinket or ornament
- X-acto knife or utility knife
- Christmas wrapping paper
- trim, ribbon, gimp, or handles from gift bags
- tape, glue, scissors, marker, hot glue gun
A quick word about choosing a theme: In choosing your wrapping paper, card or image for the window background, and the trinkets, you may want to stick to a theme and try to have everything go together. You could do:
- Nativity: blue paper with gleaming stars, a Nativity card, and a tiny manger trinket or ornament
- Disney: Disney paper, a card that just says “Merry Christmas”, and a tiny Mickey Mouse trinket
- Santa: solid red paper, a Santa greeting card or image for the background, and a tiny reindeer or tree trinket
There’s no end to the themes and combinations you can make – go crazy!
Step 1: You’ll need to create an oval shape that will be the window cut out of the front of the can. You can free-hand draw it on paper, then trace it on the can, or draw it right on the can if you’re confident! If you have a template from scrapbooking supplies, use that, or print an oval off the web. I used a scrapbooking template that was 4″ tall by 2.5″ wide. Mark it on the can about 1/4″ from the bottom.
Step 2: Carefully cut out the oval with the utility knife.
Step 3: Trim the wrapping paper to 10-1/2″ length from the roll – this is enough to wrap around the can. Cut a 9-1/2″ width for the length of the can. You may need to reverse this depending on the direction of the print of your wrapping paper. You don’t want Christmas trees going sideways!
Wrap the can with the wrapping paper and glue or tape into place. The silver bands at the top and bottom of the can will be exposed if you use those measurements, and it looks nice enough.
You’ll need to punch a small hole with a pencil where the window is in your can, then cut an “X” across the oval window, then cut little pie wedges and fold those back to the inside of the can and tape or glue them down.
This way the wrapping paper wraps around the window cut-out. We’ll cover the edges later with some nice trim.
Step 4: Cut the greeting card or printed image to about 5-1/2″ wide by 4-1/4″ high, and slip it into the back of the can, so that it’s seen through the window. In the old days, we had to use a greeting card, but now you can just print any one of millions of images from the Internet, so the sky’s the limit.
Step 5: Place some cotton balls that you’ve pulled to loosen into the bottom of the can, or trim quilt batting into a circle using the Pringles can lid as a guide. You can glue this down using a small amount of glue. Then, glue your trinket or tiny ornament into place. It may work better to glue in the trinket first, then put the cotton around it, depending on what you’re using.
Step 6: Using a hot glue gun, glue a piece of coordinating trim, ribbon, or gimp to the edges of the window.
On the blue one I made, I used the handle from an old, worn-out gift bag. Recycling is always a good thing.
Step 7: Almost done! Place the canning ring into the top of the can, inverted.
If you’re using a glass tapered votive holder: Put the tapered votive down into the ring, candle into the votive, and that’s it!
If you’re using a water bottle: Insert the whole water bottle upside down into the jar ring as shown, then mark where you need to trim the bottle with the utility knife:
Put the jar ring into the Pringles can, inverted, place the mouthpiece of the water bottle down into the ring, and place your battery candle into that. I found that placing the candle upside down illuminates the scene in the window better. Done!
The light from the candle will shine down through the can, gleaming from the reflective surface the nice Pringles people have been lining the can with all these years. The light will illuminate the little scene you’ve created, for your holiday enjoyment.
Does that sound like a TV commercial, or what?
Hubby had a great idea – you could top it off with a silk poinsettia or a bow since we’re not using real candles, and that would hide the upside-down battery candle. I like it!
Please share any other ideas for this that you have in the comments section, I’d love to hear them!
Has anyone seen this before?
Did YOU make these in elementary school?
I hope you’ll make one and enjoy it, and I hope you’ll visit again, or subscribe for email or RSS alerts if you’d like to receive previews of each new post. If you’re already following – thank you!
Whether you celebrate Christmas or another one of the many upcoming holidays, I hope you have a relaxing and blessed season ~ Dawn
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