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HOW TO: Recycle a Tin Can Into a Gorgeous Outdoor Lantern for Summer Parties

Posted By Emily Peckenham On April 28, 2014 @ 5:00 pm In DIY,Features,Recycled Materials | 11 Comments


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STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

All you need to do to get started on this eco-friendly summer craft project [4] is gather the following materials:

  • 2-4 cleaned, empty tin cans (you can use any size)
  • a hammer
  • an assortment of nails (for larger or smaller holes)
  • colorful permanent markers
  • paper, pencil, masking tape, scissors (if you plan to use a pattern)
  • votive candles
  • a towel

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STEP 2: CLEAN AND FREEZE

With your newly gathered used tin cans, remove labels, and clean thoroughly. Fill each can with water [6]and freeze overnight until solid. The ice stabilizes the can and prevents it from bending when you punch holes in them later.

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STEP 3: DESIGN YOUR PUNCH GRAPHIC

Decide on a design for your punched-tin decorations. You can draw the pattern out ahead of time on a piece of graph paper and tape it to the can as a guide. Alternatively, you can freehand a design without marking it ahead of time. Knitting [8]patterns, wallpaper, textiles, and folk art [9] are all great inspiration sources for patterns!

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STEP 4: PUNCH OUT YOUR PATTERN

Cradle the frozen tin can [11] in a folded towel (to prevent the can from moving and to catch ice chips). Position a sharp, narrow nail above each mark on your pattern and gently tap it 3-4 times with the hammer until just the point has punched the tin can.  Repeat for each mark until you have completed your pattern.

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STEP 5: REMOVE THE ICE BLOCK

Rinse the can under a hot tap until the ice block pops out and allow the can to dry.

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STEP 6: ADD SOME COLOR

If you want to add color to your new punched-tin lantern [14], you can create a variety of fun, shiny designs by simply using colorful permanent markers.

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STEP 7: LIGHT ‘EM UP!

Drop in some lighted votive candles [16] and enjoy the fun, flickering patterns cast by your new handmade lanterns! Be sure to place the lanterns on a fire-safe surface as the candles can get hot.


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[3] entertaining this summer: http://inhabitat.com/top-6-tips-for-a-green-4th-of-july/

[4] eco-friendly summer craft project: http://inhabitat.com/how-to-make-a-bird-feeder-for-small-spaces-with-recycled-materials/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/07/DSC_0061-001.jpg

[6] water : http://inhabitat.com/smart-hand-pumps-could-provide-clean-water-to-rural-communities/

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/07/DSC_0050-001.jpg

[8] Knitting : http://inhabitat.com/guerilla-knitting-documentary-explores-the-origins-of-yarn-graffiti/

[9] folk art: http://pinterest.com/KatieBush/folk/

[10] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/07/DSC_0056-001.jpg

[11] tin can: http://inhabitat.com/dazzling-recycled-tomato-tin-house-found-deep-in-patagonia%E2%80%99s-forests/

[12] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/07/DSC_0059-001.jpg

[13] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/07/DSC_0067-001.jpg

[14] lantern: http://inhabitat.com/lucrimas-nino-candle-lantern-creates-a-cozy-light-with-a-recycled-wine-bottle/

[15] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/07/DSC_0090-001.jpg

[16] candles: http://inhabitat.com/product-review-we-test-out-the-led-candle-light-you-can-actually-blow-out/

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