Lighted Tuna Can Christmas Tree

You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna Christmas tree!

Okay that was cheesy, right? 


Use large tuna or chicken cans to make a hanging Christmas tree that you can light up with flameless tealights from Stow and Tell U

But that’s the saying that kept coming to mind as I was making this lighted tuna can Christmas tree.

By the way, who remembers the name of the band that had a similar album title back in the 80’s?

Bless your heart if you didn’t grow up in the 80’s…but that’s a whole other conversation.

how-to-make-tin-can-christmas-treeSpeaking of cheating, I actually used canned chicken for this lighted tuna can Christmas tree, because I’m not the biggest tuna fish consumer, so I hope you will forgive me for that little white lie.

Supplies

11 large and emptied tuna or chicken tin cans

11 flameless tealights (flickering if possible)

1 piece of 1/2″ thick scrap wood, approx size 18″ x 24″

Power drill

1/8″  drill bit to drill holes in tin cans for screw attachment

1/4″ drill bit to drill holes in wood for wire hanging attachment

Phillips drill bit for screws

11 sheet metal screws – 3/8″ length

3′ of sturdy wire (I used 14 ga. solid electrical wire because it’s coated red)

Pencil

Sand paper

Spray paint in colors: dark brown, orange and silver (optional)

Use large tuna or chicken cans to make a hanging Christmas tree that you can light up with flameless tealights from Stow and Tell U

How to make a lighted tuna can Christmas tree

Use large tuna or chicken cans to make a hanging Christmas tree that you can light up with flameless tealights from Stow and Tell U

Step 1) Empty 10 cans of chicken or tuna. Wash cans thoroughly with dish soap.

Tip #1: After cleaning, you can also drop them in a baking soda/vinegar/ hot water soak for 30 minutes to neutralize the odors.

Tip #2: I froze the chicken in freezer safe bags to use for making several of these chicken recipes later.  If I had used tuna, I would have saved in the same way to make several of these tuna recipes for later.

how to make a tuna can Christams tree. Step 2)  Spray paint the tin cans with a combination of the dark brown and orange, let dry and then spray paint the cans with silver paint and let dry.  Gently sand to create a slightly rusted tin can look.  You can also skip this step and let the cans rust on their own.

Step 3)  Cut and sand a piece of scrap wood to size at approximately 18″ x 24″.

Step 4) Line up tin cans on the scrap wood in the shape of a Christmas tree, making sure to space out the rows of cans so that it appears more like a Christmas tree than if the cans are all touching.  Mark the placement onto the wood with pencil.

Step 5) Doing this step one can at a time, line up the can on the wood and drill a hole through the can and just barely through the wood with the 1/8″ drill bit.  Then change out the drill to the screw bit and drill the 3/8″ screw through the hole in the can and into the wood to secure the can.

Repeat with all 11 cans.

Step 6) Drill two holes through the wood near the top outer corners of the wood piece with the 1/4″ drill bit.  Insert hanging wire through the holes in the back and knot off in the front.  Lightly twist the excess wire down the front of the wood for decorative purposes.

Tuna Can Christmas tree using flickering flameless tealights. Great for small space living, a bachelor pad, minimalist or industrial Christmas decor from Stow and Tell ULast step) Hang on the wall and place a flameless tealight candle into each can.

The tin cans could be painted any color, or left as is.  The wood board could be stenciled with Christmassy wording or painted as well.

Use large tuna or chicken cans to make a hanging Christmas tree that you can light up with flameless tealights from Stow and Tell UI have to admit, I wasn’t too excited about this tree until I hung it on the wall and placed the flameless candles into the tin cans.

The whole wall seemed to light up and come alive with a soft, flickering glow= COZY and RELAXING!

Use large tuna or chicken cans to make a hanging Christmas tree that you can light up with flameless tealights from Stow and Tell UI hope you like my version of a lighted tin can Christmas tree.  I think it makes a nice alternative Christmas tree for small space living, a bachelor pad, minimalist or industrial style Christmas decor.  I kept mine simple, but glittery paint and some imagination could change this look up in a flash.

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season ~ Amy

 
 
 

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13 Responses to Lighted Tuna Can Christmas Tree

  1. Bliss December 3, 2015 at 5:02 am #

    So I just caught up here at Stow & Tell by going to Salem, learning about Magisto and now I’m humming REO.

  2. chris aka monkey December 3, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    girlfriend you just made me laugh, how you think of these things that sound so silly then turn out to be so cool, i love how you think and you are right this would be so perfect in an apartment or for someone who does not the hassle of putting up a tree xx

  3. Sharleen December 4, 2015 at 4:41 am #

    This makes me happy Amy, great idea. looks awesome. I can see these outside too. Decorating my patio. thanks for posting

  4. Feral Turtle December 4, 2015 at 6:40 am #

    Bahahaha….silly Amy!!!! Of course you can tuna Christmas tree. You just proved it here…or I guess maybe a chicken tree. This is so cute and you actually just gave me an idea…….hmmmmmmm Have a great weekend!

  5. Miriam December 4, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    Lol! I clicked over for your tutorial and had to leave you a comment because your tuna Christmas tree line made me laugh. This is such a cool idea!!

  6. Sherry December 5, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    Good job Amy! Love it! Hope you’re enjoying these crazy days until Christmas!

    • Amy December 9, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

      Yes, Sherry, and I hope you are enjoying these crazy days as much as I am. Thank you xo

  7. Michelle L December 5, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    Hi, Amy! I think it’s adorable! What a genius recycle of the tuna cans – my kinda craft!

    • Amy December 5, 2015 at 9:14 am #

      Somewhat simple and kinda cheap, is usually my favorite kind, too. Thanks so much Michelle

    • Amy December 9, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

      Thanks Michelle, it’s always fun when you’ve paid for your craft supplies and had lunch, at the same time, lol.

  8. Jenny @ Refresh Living December 14, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    I love this idea!! What a great use of something that would otherwise just have been thrown in the recycling bin – just my kind of project!

    • Amy December 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm #

      Thank you so much Jenny. I love all the different and creative ways that you can upcycle recyclables too. Jars, cans, boxes…shall I go on, lol. Have a great holiday season xo Amy

  9. Betsy December 22, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    I LOVE this fabulous repurposing idea. The flameless candles are icing on the cake….the tree.

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