Pringles Can Christmas Candle

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!

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

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

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

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. 

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

Step 2:  Carefully cut out the oval with the utility knife.

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

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.

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

This way the wrapping paper wraps around the window cut-out.  We’ll cover the edges later with some nice trim.

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

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.

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

On the blue one I made, I used the handle from an old, worn-out gift bag.  Recycling is always a good thing. 🙂

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

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!

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

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:

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

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!

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern


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?

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

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!

pringles can craft project christmas candle lantern

Please share any other ideas for this that you have in the comments section, I’d love to hear them!

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Did YOU make these in elementary school?

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26 thoughts on “Pringles Can Christmas Candle

  1. Such a clever idea, Dawn! Thanks for sharing. I hope this holiday season finds you healthy and happy and surrounded by all of those special to you. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

    1. Hello, Rosie! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did, ate tooooooo much. Thanks for visiting and leaving me a note, we’re doing the Christmas decorations today. I’ll be worn out by bedtime! Take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

    1. Thank you, Audrey, another reader just let me know she has a Pringles can candle her daughter made 40 years ago, so I wasn’t the only one, ha ha! Thanks for visiting, I’m coming over to visit you soon. Take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  2. I have one made by my daughter, in Brownies, I think, when she was about 8. That’s 40 years ago! I put it on display every year–tradition, you know!

    1. Hi Sandy, your daughter and I are about the same age, then, and made our Pringles can candles about the same time. That’s wonderful that you still have hers, I don’t know what happened to all of mine. Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment. 🙂 Take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

    1. Thank you so much. I am still not able to leave a comment on your site. I click on the “comment” line and nothing happens, so I’m glad you popped over here so I can say hello 🙂 I always enjoy your gorgeous photography and tables. Have a great week! -Dawn @ We Call It

  3. I remember making things out of Pringle cans too…memories! Such a sweet idea Dawn, thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

  4. This is such a fun and clever idea, Dawn! There are any number wonderful themes to choose from. Thanks so much for sharing this at my HOME.


  5. What an adorable limitless craft idea. Thanks to you and that dark bearded art teacher! Thanks for linking up at the Home for the Holidays Link Party

  6. I made one of these in girl scouts years ago and have searched online for this. We used felt for the outside.

  7. I made one of these about 40 years ago, then I had my Girl Scout Troop do it about 10 years ago, and I am having an after school group do them this week! We have used everything from wrapping paper, felt, fabric, to construction paper to cover the cans. For the inside we used little ornaments (cut off the hangers), stickers on toothpicks, and/or little figurines. For the bottom we used styrofoam or even floral foam covered with cotton balls. I used angel hair in mine – remember that stuff? Thanks for posting.

  8. Hi Dawn! This is really a cool, easy and simple craft to make and what’s great about it is the silver lining inside the can sheds a very pretty glow on the scene below. I made one several year ago and ended up giving it away but that’s okay because their are easy and inexpensive to make. I didn’t need a metal ring at the top because the voile candle holders at Hobby Lobby or maybe Wal-Mart fit perfectly. I’m wanting to send this to my sister because she’s been saving Pringle cans for me, and I’m hoping the kids will get a kick out of the making them! Thanks again for sharing!

    1. Hi Zonda, I’m so glad you found this useful and thanks for the tip about those candle holders. I’ll bet your kids will like making them. I made that first one in school and made several more over the years at home. Take care, Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  9. Have you seen the pringles can christmas tree topper? My mom has it in storage and it is about to fall apart. Looking to recreate it

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