Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY project for the weekend: tin can lanterns

Arts ‘n crafts have undergone a resurgence what with the popularity of Pinterest, among other user-targeted social media that serve as a repository or online gallery for homemade creativity. 

Upcycled lighting fixtures and decorations are all the rage, in particular. Take a look at how you can make tin can lanterns with some simple items you have on home turf.

You’ll need:
- a tin can - you can use an old soup can
-. a hammer
- a nail or a screw
- a candle or LED light
- water
- a towel
- a whiteboard marker or other erasable marker or pencil
- paint or other decorating materials

Tin can lanterns: easy, affordable, trendy.

Procedure:
1. Fill the can with water and store in your fridge until frozen. The ice helps with making holes in the tin.
2. With the ice firmly ensconced in the can, dry the outside. Then, using an erasable marker or a pencil, draw your design on the tin. Something as simple as polka dots is ideal, yet still cute and quirky, for a kid-friendly activity. But whatever you may go with, use a dotted outline for the design.
3. Using the hammer and a nail or a screw, poke holes into the tin according to the marks you’ve made. Wipe or wash the marks clean after. Remove the ice inside.
4. Design the can as you see fit with paint, beads, stickers, gift-wrapping paper, and other accessories. You can also leave the can bare and as is - it’s a very “lo-fi,” “bohemian” look.
5. Place your candle or LED light in the can - and you’re done!

Cheap and hassle-free, tin can lanterns make for budget-friendly gifts and modest decorations around the home.

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