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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tin Can Lantern

kid activities
Tin Can Lanterns (Photo credit: Elin B)
Instead of going out to buy decorations for your patio table let your kids make them!

Tin Can Lantern

Tin cans (soup cans or other) Universal oil-based primer Oil-based enamel paint Pin hammer Nail Galvanized wire (4-6 in.) Pliers Candle

Clean can by soaking in hot, soapy water. Making sure to remove all of the label and glue.

(optional painting)
Apply a coat of primer and let it dry. Apply a coat of paint and let it dry.

Fill the can with water and place in a freezer until solid.(this will ensure you don't dent the tin.)

Use a hammer and nail to punch out holes, creating a freehand design around the can. For a handle, punch out two holes on either side of can. Using a pair of pliers, bend wire through holes and secure. Place a candle in side and hang in a safe place.

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