Sunday, April 13, 2014

How to Make Tin Can Lanterns

This is a creative idea you can do at the weekends with your family: DIY tin can lanterns made of... well... recycled tin cans.

First off, did you know that....

every ton of scrap metal recycled saves 2500 pounds iron ore, 1000 pounds coal, and 40 pounds limestone?

Then, how would you like to see these tin cans....


turn into THESE tin cans?

a. 1800recycling 
b. design sponge
c. patent pending projects
d. quexthemyuu
e. how to recycle


One single look at the tin can lanterns, you'd guess that it is easy to make them. And it IS super easy to make! All you need to have are used tin cans, big nail, hammer, and if you plan to hang the lanterns, a thin wire. Follow the steps below and you'll be amazed at what YOU can do with tin cans (which otherwise would have ended up in the rubbish bin).

  1. Clean the tin cans properly and take off the labels. If they are really stuck, dip the cans into a bucket of warm water and leave them for a few minutes to half an hour. Peel them.
  2. Make a pattern on your tin can where the light from the candles can get through. Feel free to make various patterns and have fun with it.
  3. Carefully hammer the end of the nail just until it makes holes and follow the pattern that you have made in Step 2. There is no need to hit the nail all through the way to the tin can.
  4. If your tins are too thin and the shape changes when you pound on its wall, before starting making holes, fill the cans with water and put them in the fridge until iced. This will make it easy for you to pound on the cans without losing the shape of the tin.
  5. You can leave the tin cans just like that or you can paint them with the colors of your choice.
  6. If you want to hang the lanterns, make two small holes on the top opposite sides of the tin and slide the string wire and make a good knot.
  7. Put an LED candle inside each lantern. You may also use a normal candle if you like.
  8. Enjoy the lovely recycled tin can lanterns on your dining table or hung them on the tree branches when you are entertaining guests. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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