Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries
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Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries

I love the look of hammered tin for autumn, but I don’t love the time it takes when I’m so busy around the holidays.  So, I let my CAMEO do the hard work for me (poking all those holes!) and created these faux tin can luminaries in a fraction of the time that real ones might take.


Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries by Annie Williams - Open Design


Not surprisingly, there aren’t any “3D aluminum soup can” files in the Silhouette Design Store.  So, I improvised and chose this ribbon handle box design instead.  When you open this design, there will be a lot of pieces you won’t need for this project.  Save the solid circle base and the rectangular side shape, but delete all the rest.


Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries by Annie Williams - Delete Extra Shapes


You can resize these two pieces to whatever size you’d like, but I kept mine the same as the original design because the finished product ends up pretty close to the size of a small soup can, and that was the look I was going for.


Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries by Annie Williams - Add Shape


Open your desired shape and resize it to fit within the boundaries of your rectangular cut shape.  I chose this leaf design and this turkey design because I will be using the luminaries as part of my Thanksgiving centerpiece this year…but snowflakes or a graphic background design would be a beautiful choice!


Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries by Annie Williams - Rhinestone Edge


To convert the design to a punched pattern, you’ll need the Designer Edition of the Silhouette Studio software.  Simply click on your shape, open the Rhinestones Window (indicated by arrow 1), click on Edge in the Rhinestone Effect window (arrow 2), and then choose the size of hole you would like for your design (arrow 3).  I chose 6ss so that I could achieve some more detail in the design, especially with the veining on the leaf.


Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries by Annie Williams - Radial Fill


The turkey is a mostly solid shape with few detailed cut lines, so I converted him into a solid punch pattern.  To do this, click on your shape, select Radial Fill from the Rhinestone Effect Window (arrow 1), and select your punched hole size (arrow 2).  You can also adjust the spacing of your holes using the Rhinestone Spacing slider bar (arrow 3).  I adjusted my spacing to 0.05″ because I felt this provided the nicest coverage of my solid shape while not losing too much detail.


Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries by Annie Williams - Alter Rhinestone Patterns


I wanted to alter the design even more because I could see some gaps in my fill and I wanted to emphasize certain parts of the shape more.  First, I clicked on Release Rhinestones (arrow 1) so that I could move around some of the holes.  This allowed me to pull out the beak a bit more and adjust the shape of the feet slightly.  Then I added some additional rhinestone holes where I could see gaps in my design.  To do this, simply click on Single Click in the Draw Rhinestones menu (arrow 2) and then click anywhere within your design to lay down a new rhinestone hole (arrow 3).


Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries by Annie Williams - Final Design


The final designs looked like this.  I mirrored the leaf design before converting it to a rhinestone pattern on the third tin can  to create three different designs.  Cut each of the pieces out of both Silhouette Chipboard and Silhouette Printable Silver Foil.


Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries by Annie Williams - Assembly


Layer each silver foil piece over the corresponding chipboard piece.  This is easier than it sounds if you use the punched hole design to line up the two layers in the center and then press the sides together.


Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries by Annie Williams - Scoring


You can leave your piece smooth, but if you’re looking for that “tin can” look it’s easy to achieve with a scoreboard and stylus.  If you don’t have a scoreboard, you can also use a ruler and score your piece on top of some dense foam.  The score lines on my luminaries are set 1/8″ apart and this seems to mimic the patterns on the small soup cans pretty well.


Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries by Annie Williams - Detail


Once assembled, your hammered tin luminaries should look like this (I’ve inserted some bright cardstock here so that you can see the details of the design easily).


Faux Hammered Tin Luminaries by Annie Williams - Glowing


With dim lighting and a few flameless color-changing mini candles (please don’t use real candles), they can look really special.  I can’t wait to make some snowflake and candy cane luminaries for Christmas!  Do you use your Silhouette to decorate your holiday table?


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Annie Williams

Hello Silhouette fans! I'm so excited to be back on the Creative Team again this year. I am a scientist by training, but I have always been interested in art and art history as well. I enjoy sharing fun gift, home decor, and handmade card ideas over on my blog. My projects often reflect my other interests which include outdoorsy things like hiking, biking, and canoeing as well as a love of travel, small towns, and nature photography. I've been happily married for nearly 10 years to a man who is incredibly tolerant of my ever-growing craft supply stash...and we recently welcomed a new little boy into our lives as well.

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CAMEO Cutting Mat


Sticker Paper - Silver Foil


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  1. Ahhh!!! You are so clever, Annie! Fake tin cans…love it. (I knew this was your project the second I saw it, before I saw your name.)

  2. Very, very clever!!!

  3. You’re kidding! You had me fooled Annie! Those are awesome!

  4. What a really great idea – love it!!

  5. Wow! I’m totally with Analisa, I thought these were the real thing! Fantastic project Annie.

  6. That’s genius! Great idea! Great execution, too!

  7. Thanks everyone! These were so much fun to make!

  8. One of the more creative designs I’ve seen here; very creative. I really think you’ve captured the tin can look 😀 Thank you.

  9. That is so cool! They really do look like cans!

  10. I love this! I’ve done the hammered punch tin project before and love the fact that this looks just like that and such a great, easier process! Thank you for sharing and I see this project in my very near future!

  11. WOW this is super cool! Looks so real 🙂 I will try this for Christmas project! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  12. My kids would love these in their rooms as night lights for the holidays.

    Thanks Silhouette for sponsoring the giveaway on That’s What {Che} Said…

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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