Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tin Can Lanterns

Summertime means BBQs, poolside parties, and outdoor fun! Atmosphere and lighting can have a big impact on your event and environment. These tin can lanterns are a charming way to light your party, picnic, event, or just a casual evening under the stars. 

The beauty of this is that you probably already have most of the supplies and if not, you won't break the bank buying what you need.

Supplies Needed:
  • Tin cans
  • Crayon
  • Nail or ice pick (really anything sharp that will pierce the can)
  • Hammer
  • Spray paint
  • Tea candles

Gather your cans. More variety in size will create some visual interest, especially if you choose to group a few together.

Take the crayon and draw your design directly on the can. Once you poke the holes in the can the crayon won't even be visible. It just provides a guideline, but if free-styling is more your style, go for it!

Use you nail and hammer to pierce the can along the crayon to create your design. This is a little tricky... since the can is a cylinder I had to brace it between my knees or feet to hold it still.

Now is the fun part! Spray paint your cans. I used metallic paints because that's just what I had at the time but imagine some bright, bold colors. 

Once your cans have dried place a tea candle in each one. You don't have to use to tea candles, in fact, if the can is big enough I recommend using a larger candle because the tea candles burn out pretty quickly.

After that, you're done! Super easy. 
The cans I made lived in my room for a while clustered together on a shelf. They're really versatile, and can certainly be used indoors as well as outdoors. That's part of what makes them so great!

Don't they look so pretty all lit up and shining brightly?!

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