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Step 1: Gather the Supplies

  • tin cans
  • spray paint (preferably zero VOC)
  • wire
  • pliers or strong scissors
  • awl

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Step 2: Prepare the Cans

Hit the recycling bin for the tin cans, thoroughly wash them, remove the labels and dry completely.

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Step 3: Create the Handle Holes

Using your awl and mallet (or a nail and hammer) punch two large holes at the top of either end of the tin can. This is where your wire handle will go.

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Step 4: Create a Design

Using your awl and mallet (or nail and hammer) punch a design into the side of the cans. You can let your children choose a design before you start to punch it into the metal.

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Step 5: Paint the Cans

In a well ventilated space, spray paint each of the tin cans, allow them to completely dry. Use a no VOC paint.

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Step 6: Add the Wire Handle

Cut a 12 inch piece of the bailing wire and thread it through side hold, twisting it to keep it in place. Repeat this on the other side of the can.

Step 7: Add Light and Enjoy!

Simply add a reusable tea light to each of the lanterns, arrange them on your patio and enjoy the flickering ambiance with your children!