Step 1: Gather the Supplies
- tin cans
- spray paint (preferably zero VOC)
- pliers or strong scissors
Step 2: Prepare the Cans
Hit the recycling bin for the tin cans, thoroughly wash them, remove the labels and dry completely.
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.
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.
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.
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!