Macaroni KID Craft: How to Turn a Tuna Can Into a July 4th Centerpiece

Kids will enjoy this fun DIY craft it's fun, easy to make and looks great!

By Angela Duncan, Publisher of Macaroni KID Apollo Beach - Ruskin - Wimauma, FL June 25, 2022

Independence Day is around the corner, here is a fun DIY project kids can do at home! Let your kids get into the 4th of July spirit with this fun craft project. Bring it along to your celebration or use at home as fun decorations for the holiday. Enjoy making this fun and easy red, white, and blue candle holder with your kids.

OK. Let's do this!

What you need:

  • Clothespins 
  • Empty tuna or similar size can 
  • Paint 


1. Wash and dry a small empty can. This is a great way to up-cycle cans.

2. My boys were excited to spray paint the can, so I let them go to town and made sure the nozzle was pointed in the correct direction.

Although, I probably should have told him to keep his mouth closed.

His older brother was much more conservative.

3. We could have spray painted the clothespins as well, but I wanted something that would occupy more of their time, so we grabbed paint brushes and painted each one.

4. Once everything was dry, we clipped the clothespins onto the can and set a candle inside.

One of these will go on my porch next to our hot tub, so I will be next to it while it's burning. Otherwise, I would recommend a flameless candle to be safe with kids around. I am also planning to display the other centerpiece with small vases of flowers from my yard for a summery touch!

Who knew empty tuna cans and some clothespins could turn into special July 4th centerpieces — extra-special because my kids created them.

Hope you all have a crafty and fun Fourth of July!