DIY hack turns old bean cans into stylish letter lights – and it’s cheap to do

If you’re looking for a cool statement piece for your living room, your child’s bedroom or even your wedding, then this could be the hack for you.

You can upcycle Heinz beans cans to make a DIY giant letter light!

The stylish feature lights are all the rage right now – but can cost hundreds of pounds.

Heinz has partnered up with TV’s Max Murdo, from Dragon’s Den, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free.

The bean company challenged him to create something special with used cans for their ‘Handmade with Heinz’ campaign.

The aim: to inspire people to upcycle the many Heinz cans they bought in lockdown.

And, Max really pulled it off – proving upcycling is a big win!

For the Heinz campaign Max has created a single ‘can craft’ for Heinz with real wow factor: a large ‘carnival light’ – or what he calls a ‘canival light’.

It features a total of 14 used Heinz cans – and it can even live in the garden.

Max said: “This really is one for those who like to craft on a grand scale and make a statement on Instagram!

“I loved crafting with Heinz cans.

“A can is such a simple, ubiquitous household item and yet really versatile and very iconic too.

“That’s why I felt I had to make something really special with a real wow factor!”

Here’s how you can make Max’s can craft at home…

The step-by-step guide to making Max McMurdo’s ‘Canival Light’

Materials:

  • 14 empty Heinz cans
  • Thick tape
  • Scaffold boards
  • Double-sided sticky tape
  • 14 battery powered circular lights

Tools:

  • Wood saw
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Screws

Step 1

It all starts with a Heinz can – or 14 of them to be precise!

That’s plenty of delicious food to tuck into before you start crafting…Clean each can, remove the labels and tape the open edges with thick tape for safety.

Step 2

Once you have decided on the size and letter you’re making, cut the scaffold boards to size, if possible keep to 45 and 90 degree angles for ease of joining.

Step 3

Drill a hole just larger than the diameter of the cans, I used a 76mm hole-saw drill bit.

Step 4

Sand the scaffold boards and assemble them using screws. I pre-drilled and countersunk holes to make sure the wood didn’t split.

Step 5

Insert battery powered circular lights into the cans using double sided tape to hold them in place.

Step 6

Slide the cans into the holes and turn on the lights. Then sit back and admire your giant illuminated letter!

Paige Linden, Junior Brand Manager at Kraft Heinz, said: “We’ve been blown away by the ‘can magic’ Max has created!

“It really is amazing to see what you can make from a few simple cans of Heinz Beanz or Heinz Soup…

“We really hope this inspires people to upcycle their lockdown Heinz cans.”

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