Tin can lanterns
- Recycled tin cans
- Bailing wire
- Spray paint
- Tea light candle
1. Remove labels and glue from the cans.
2. Fill cans with water and stick them in the freezer. Leave them in until the ice is solid. This helps the can hold its shape for the next steps.
3. Take your frozen can out of the freezer. Using a hammer and nail, pound a hole near the top of the can. Flip the can over and make another hole straight across from the first hole. These will be used for the handle later on.
4. Make your design. Use the hammer and nail to start punching out a design in your can. You can draw it our before hand or wing it.
Once your design is all finished, let the ice melt out of the can and dry
Upon turning the can over, you'll notice a big bulge in the bottom.
This comes from freezing water in it. But, it can be fixed!
Just pound it down with a hammer so that it sits flat.
to make a handle. Cut a 12-inch strip of bailing wire and curve the end
of it to form a hook. Stick the hook through one of the topside holes.
8. Twist the hook around to secure it. Make a hook on the other end of the wire. Stick it in the side hole on the other side and twist it around.
9. Paint several coats on to cover the entire outside of the can and handle.
10. Once the paint is dry, insert tea light candles and light them up!
Photo & DIY courtesy of: growcreative.blogspot.com