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DIY Tin Can Santa Claus Candy Holder

In my house, upcycled projects might just be the most common kind of craft we make, and they’re definitely the most loved. There’s just something so satisfying about the process of turning something we’re not using anymore into something awesome rather than just throwing it out! That’s why I find myself hanging onto a lot of tin cans. Recently, I decided to help my kids turn a few of them into Santa themed candy holders and the whole idea was a great success. I even documented the process on one of them so other people can learn how they’re done as well.

Tin can santa candy holder

Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Paper (black and red)
  • Two gooly eyes
  • A popsicle stick
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick
  • A jar
  • A sheet of pulled cotton
  • A sheet of silver sparkly foam paper
  • A sheet of white felt paper
  • A cleaned tin can with no label

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Tin can santa candy holder materials

Step 2:

Cut a strip from your pulled cotton that’s about an inch side and the full length of the piece’s long side. Set it aside for later.

Tin can santa candy holder cutting process

Tin can santa candy holder cutting process1

Step 3:

Cut down half-inch long and quarter-inch wide rectangles from one corner of your silver foam paper. Cut one of these in half and trim the corners off both of those halves to make two small sparkly foam circles. In your second little rectangle, cut out a smaller rectangular piece from the centre so you’re left with a hollowed shape in the middle.

Tin can santa candy holder cutting another piece

Tin can santa candy holder small pieces