Ladybeetle candle holder


Ladybeetle lanterns

These ladybeetle candle holders are super quick to make and add a lot of charm to the garden.  It’s a project that is best for adults and older kids as the drilling part is too tricky for young children.


  • Empty tin can
  • Ladybeetle template (download from the Additional Info at the bottom of the page)
  • 1x coloured spray paint (a bright colour work best)
  • 1x black spray paint
  • Candle


  • Scissors and sticky tape
  • Drill
  • 2x drill bits (1.59mm and 4.76mm)

Step 1
Remove the label from an empty tin can and wash it out.

Step 2
Print off the ladybeetle template, cut it to size and tape to the side of the can.

Step 2: Attaching the template

Step 3
Use the small drill bit to drill holes in the can and make the outline of the ladybeetle. Use the larger drill bit for the spots on it’s back.

Step 4
Remove the paper template and check the can for any sharp burrs around the hole edges.  Push these inwards.

Step 5
Spray the inside of the can with the coloured paint and wait for it to dry.

Step 6
Turn the can upside down and then spray the outside with the black paint.

Step 7
When dry place a candle inside the can and you’re ready to go!

Step 3: Drilling the can

Step 5: Painting the inside

Step 6: Painting the outside

Step 7: Ready for the candle