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Can Recycling Craft - Mock Shadow Box Candle Holder - How to Demo

Updated on November 4, 2014

Shadow box candle holder made from upcycling scraps

Mock Shadowbox Candle Holder
Mock Shadowbox Candle Holder | Source

Let's go for some creative scrap-busting.

This morning, I awoke to rain and a determination to find a use for the mounding scraps that were left over from my last few crafting projects. While thinking about what to do, the power kept flickering in and out. A girl just has to love the dependability of power in bad weather. Not.

The on again, off again, power situation quickly had me running about the house lighting candles. Now, I'm a die hard candle collector. Seriously, the only candles I don't like are those that smell bad. After my second cup of coffee, I got a little hyped and decided I wanted a new candle holder or display of some kind.

I also decided there was no way I was leaving the house to get anything in this storm. The "mock shadow box candle holder," since I don't know what else to call it, you see displayed was the result. Hm, caffeine, scraps, and storms morphed into this. My brain should be studied by science. It's kind of scary. Let's check it out.

All images are original photographs taken by me.

DIY shadow box candle holder

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Have you ever heard the old saying "it's held together with duct tape?"

Here's a prime example.

This was made using two old boxes with lids, a tuna fish can, duct tape and Duck Tape, old artificial flowers, stickers, paper, some old Christmas trim and glue.

Duck Tape is a brand name. The black tape and the neon green and black, zebra print tape are both Duck Tape. Duct tape is used for duct work, as Mr. Vix felt the need to explain to me. :)

Check out how the whole thing was assembled in the picture gallery below, so you can do it too. It was easy. While neon green and black, zebra print isn't my first choice, it's what I had on hand and I think it kind of works. We will call him "Swamp Frog." You can apply the same directions to any colors or theme you want.

Duct tape really is for everything! - So popular, it has its own parade. Seriously.

This stuff comes in so many colors and patterns now. It's cheap, pretty easy to work with, makes a good looking seam and requires no sewing. You just can't beat it. The more I do with it, the more ideas I get and the easier it gets to work with. I'm slowly building up my supply. I want to get solids for every color. Then, I can use the patterns just to bring in some pops of contrasting color.

Check out the peace sign print below. It's one of the hottest trends running with teens and tweens right now.

How to do the taping and assembly.

Click through the photo gallery here to see details for each step.

Start by doing the taping.

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I like to start by laying out everything I will need. Well, I thought I had everything. Wrong, again. I had to go chasing after scissors, wire cutters and a Sharpie.I decided to use the smaller box and lid as the bottom to hold the candle away from the rest of the box. Safety first, I always say.Line the inside of the tallest box first using the silver duct tape. The theory is it will help reflect the light. Be sure to get the tape flush against the bottom of the box.Cover the outer edge of the tallest box you will be placing in the back with the printed tape. Leave enough of an overhang to cover the silver tape inside. Snip the corners with scissors and fold over.Layer the black tape over the zebra print leaving some overhand to press down on the back. You want a good half inch or more on the back. Cut the corners like before and fold over tightly.Use the silver tape to cover the can. Leave a little bit of overhang to press down on the bottom. Leave a good quarter to a half inch of overhang to press down into the inside of the can. Fold it all down and smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.
I like to start by laying out everything I will need. Well, I thought I had everything. Wrong, again. I had to go chasing after scissors, wire cutters and a Sharpie.
I like to start by laying out everything I will need. Well, I thought I had everything. Wrong, again. I had to go chasing after scissors, wire cutters and a Sharpie. | Source
I decided to use the smaller box and lid as the bottom to hold the candle away from the rest of the box. Safety first, I always say.
I decided to use the smaller box and lid as the bottom to hold the candle away from the rest of the box. Safety first, I always say. | Source
Line the inside of the tallest box first using the silver duct tape. The theory is it will help reflect the light. Be sure to get the tape flush against the bottom of the box.
Line the inside of the tallest box first using the silver duct tape. The theory is it will help reflect the light. Be sure to get the tape flush against the bottom of the box. | Source
Cover the outer edge of the tallest box you will be placing in the back with the printed tape. Leave enough of an overhang to cover the silver tape inside. Snip the corners with scissors and fold over.
Cover the outer edge of the tallest box you will be placing in the back with the printed tape. Leave enough of an overhang to cover the silver tape inside. Snip the corners with scissors and fold over. | Source
Layer the black tape over the zebra print leaving some overhand to press down on the back. You want a good half inch or more on the back. Cut the corners like before and fold over tightly.
Layer the black tape over the zebra print leaving some overhand to press down on the back. You want a good half inch or more on the back. Cut the corners like before and fold over tightly. | Source
Use the silver tape to cover the can. Leave a little bit of overhang to press down on the bottom. Leave a good quarter to a half inch of overhang to press down into the inside of the can. Fold it all down and smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.
Use the silver tape to cover the can. Leave a little bit of overhang to press down on the bottom. Leave a good quarter to a half inch of overhang to press down into the inside of the can. Fold it all down and smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles. | Source

Duck Tape solid colors.

The rolls work great for total coverage on smaller things and for making borders and trims. I find if you pull a little as you go it tends to stick better and decreases bubbles and wrinkles. The best part, at this price, if I really mess up, I can just rip it off and start again. I have done five projects so far using the same roll of black and it's not halfway gone. Too cool.

STORAGE TIP - Duck Tape does not store well in the heat. Keeping it in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight, will make it easier to work with.

Frugal alert -

I love stickers, pretty papers, foam cuts and the like for crafting. I don't like spending much on them. You can really get a stellar bargain if you hit the clearance section at local dollar stores and the like after holidays. I like getting them in bulk packs as well, that way I always have leftovers for projects in the future.

Now, start covering the inside of the box.

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Pick your paper. Glue it to the inside of the box.I just used the one sheet and still had some box showing. It's all good. It will get covered up.Make some grass by cutting off some skinny leaves from the artificial flowers.Glue down your just made grass.Just keep gluing. Layering and having some slant other ways makes it look more real.Just keep gluing, gluing.(I'm hearing the Dory voice from "Finding Nemo" here). Remember the "Just Keep Swimming" song?The grass is done. Yahoo.Cut some cardboard into squares.Glue one on top of the other to create a platform that is shorter than the top of the tuna fish can but high enough to be just above the rim of the silver tape you folded over.Affix the platform to the bottom inside of the can with glue.Trace the can outline. Cut out the circle. Press it into the can.Hot glue the can onto the box.
Pick your paper. Glue it to the inside of the box.
Pick your paper. Glue it to the inside of the box. | Source
I just used the one sheet and still had some box showing. It's all good. It will get covered up.
I just used the one sheet and still had some box showing. It's all good. It will get covered up. | Source
Make some grass by cutting off some skinny leaves from the artificial flowers.
Make some grass by cutting off some skinny leaves from the artificial flowers. | Source
Glue down your just made grass.
Glue down your just made grass. | Source
Just keep gluing. Layering and having some slant other ways makes it look more real.
Just keep gluing. Layering and having some slant other ways makes it look more real. | Source
Just keep gluing, gluing.(I'm hearing the Dory voice from "Finding Nemo" here). Remember the "Just Keep Swimming" song?
Just keep gluing, gluing.(I'm hearing the Dory voice from "Finding Nemo" here). Remember the "Just Keep Swimming" song? | Source
The grass is done. Yahoo.
The grass is done. Yahoo. | Source
Cut some cardboard into squares.
Cut some cardboard into squares. | Source
Glue one on top of the other to create a platform that is shorter than the top of the tuna fish can but high enough to be just above the rim of the silver tape you folded over.
Glue one on top of the other to create a platform that is shorter than the top of the tuna fish can but high enough to be just above the rim of the silver tape you folded over. | Source
Affix the platform to the bottom inside of the can with glue.
Affix the platform to the bottom inside of the can with glue. | Source
Trace the can outline. Cut out the circle. Press it into the can.
Trace the can outline. Cut out the circle. Press it into the can. | Source
Hot glue the can onto the box.
Hot glue the can onto the box. | Source

It comes in sheets, too.

Sheets and wide rolls are really good for covering larger items. You don't have to worry about overlap or seams showing that way. Another great thing for crafty types is that you can cut it before removing the backing to play around with it some on your project, before committing.

While I have yet to try this, I want to get some dye cuts and try using Duck tape instead of cardstock or construction paper, kind of like an instant sticker.

Finally, the fun part! It's time to start decorating.

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It's time to start decorating. I had some of this tiny Christmas garland wired ribbon, so I thought it would look good lining the can and covering the boo-boos I made when cutting.I have a bunch of these yellow flowers left over. Pull a few off the stems. Add some babies breath, leaves or what have you and tape together.Play around with where and how you want stuff before gluing. You can cut the stickers out still on the backing and move them around too before the final sticking.Decorate with stickers. Overlapping them some creates some depth.Glue on the flower. Use a large drop of glue to hold it. It's behind the can so it won't show. Hold in place for a minute to let the glue set.
It's time to start decorating. I had some of this tiny Christmas garland wired ribbon, so I thought it would look good lining the can and covering the boo-boos I made when cutting.
It's time to start decorating. I had some of this tiny Christmas garland wired ribbon, so I thought it would look good lining the can and covering the boo-boos I made when cutting. | Source
I have a bunch of these yellow flowers left over. Pull a few off the stems. Add some babies breath, leaves or what have you and tape together.
I have a bunch of these yellow flowers left over. Pull a few off the stems. Add some babies breath, leaves or what have you and tape together. | Source
Play around with where and how you want stuff before gluing. You can cut the stickers out still on the backing and move them around too before the final sticking.
Play around with where and how you want stuff before gluing. You can cut the stickers out still on the backing and move them around too before the final sticking. | Source
Decorate with stickers. Overlapping them some creates some depth.
Decorate with stickers. Overlapping them some creates some depth. | Source
Glue on the flower. Use a large drop of glue to hold it. It's behind the can so it won't show. Hold in place for a minute to let the glue set.
Glue on the flower. Use a large drop of glue to hold it. It's behind the can so it won't show. Hold in place for a minute to let the glue set. | Source

All done.

All done
All done | Source

What else could I put in this shadow box?

A framed photograph

A toy frog like the one in "Gnomeo and Juliet"

A flame-less candle

More stickers!

The base of the shadowbox.
The base of the shadowbox. | Source

Fire = BAD

Cardboard and tape can burn fast. Never leave a candle unattended.

How hard is it?

3 stars for Difficulty level of shadow box candle holder

Can up-cycled DIY organizer by FaveCraftsVideo. This would be a great way to use some scraps.

This idea could be applied to any color scheme or motif desired. She uses paper and glitter tape ribbon in the demonstration. I could see using fabric scraps, comic book pages, stickers, what ever you want.

What are some of your ideas on crafting with recyclables?

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you :) That one was fun. Your visit and kind comment is most appreciated. Happy crafting and God bless.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      This project was exciting from beginning to end! I still can't believe the beautiful end product that came from 2 boxes, some flowers, stickers and duct tape! Great craft project and lens, poetvix!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Bercton1: Thanks :). God bless.

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Great ideas and great lens!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @laurenrich: Thank you! Blessings and have a squidtastic day. :)

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      Wonderful recyclying idea. Thanks.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you. I'm wishing for another dreary day right about now. We need the rain! God bless and happiest of squidding.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      This is a fine example of using the Gallery to clarify your project. Nice job for a dreary day!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @takkhisa: Awe! Well, you are just the sweetest. Thank you. Have an awesome day yourself. God bless :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! You know how to make a great crafty lens, that's awesome! Have a nice day and take care :)

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @lbrummer: Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I'm loving the stuff myself. It's just too easy. I just found a new one called Wallflower that's really pretty, kind of 70's bohemian style. God bless and happy crafting.

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Nice craft and tutorial. I've never used duct tape in crafts, but you've made it look interesting. I'll have to buy some of the decorated kind.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @NibsyNell: Awe, thank you so much for saying. God bless!

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      Sunflower2423 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Your mock shadow box looks beautiful. Nice way of recycling too. :)

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      So pretty! :) You've done such a great job there!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Sunflower2423: Thank you so much. I can't wait to do another one that's not so swampy :). God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Scarlettohairy: Oh, I love tin can men. So cute. I can see any kid being totally enchanted by them especially if they have seen the movie. It's fun to have some whimsical among the functional. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment God bless!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Love using recycled junk in my crafts. I've made quite a few with things I've found: tin can men, wire cat with rusty wire and old nails, etc.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @hugsnstitches lm: Thank you so much. God bless

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Arod17: Thank you! It was fun.

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      hugsnstitches lm 4 years ago

      Such a creative idea!

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      Arod17 4 years ago

      Very Cool Lens