September 14, 2011

Reused Halloween: Project #2- Tin Can Lanterns

These tin can lanterns are some of the most rewarding things to make. They're perfect for all sorts of activities, garden parties, Halloween and Day of  the  Dead decorations...they can be hung or placed on the ground, tables, grassy nooks etc.

To make them all you do is save your soup, bean, canned stuff cans, clean them out, put water in them (leaving a 1/2 inch or so at the top for expansion of frozen water)and pop them in the freezer.

When they're solid, you take them out and with a hammer and some sharp object (ice pick, screw driver, something else depending on the shaped hole you want to make) you bang a bunch of holes in it.

It is a bit time consuming depending on how holy you want them, but so worth it. You freeze the insides so that when you bang the holes in it holds its shape and doesn't collapse. 

You can make big holes or small ones, do patterns etc.  This is not really a children's project because of the hole punching, but there might be a way they can decorate them later on. Or maybe they could paint them first...with acrylic or something...and then you bash the holes in them later. I'll have to try that.

For concise instructions with out the photos visit The Garden Shed

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