I love summer and I love that I finally have a backyard to have parties in! I made these tin can lanterns for a 4th of July party and they looked so lovely that I thought I would write a tutorial to share with you all.
So follow the tutorial below to get started making your own lanterns for your own outdoor summer party!
recycled tin cans
tea light candle or mini LED candle
spray paint : Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint in Blue Ocean Breeze and Green)
Step 1: Remove labels and glue from the cans. I've found WD-40 to be very helpful with removing the glue.
Step 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.
Step 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.
Step 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. Either way, they turn out nicely.
Step 5: Once your design is all finished, let the ice melt out of the can and dry it out.
Step 6: 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.
Step 7: Time 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 top side holes.
Step 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. There's your handle!
Step 9: Time for some spray paint! Paint several coats on to cover the entire outside of the can and handle.
Step 10: Once the paint is dry, insert tea light candles and light them up! You're all ready to go!
Tutorial and photos are property of Elise Engh: Grow Creative (http://growcreativeblog.com/2012/07/tin-can-lanterns-tutorial.html). Please do not copy without permission. thank you.