Garden Candle Lantern
You can make your own lantern from
Many magazines and web sites over recent years have shown us how to make
decorative candle lanterns for garden use over the last few years.
Most suggest drilling holes in tin cans but this is a difficult and dangerous
thing to do and a lot of effort when you want 20 or so garden candle lanterns
for your party tomorrow.
BORING and unimpressive!
Through trial and error we have discovered an easier and prettier technique
for making your own really decorative candle lanterns. We use aluminum beer
cans and prick out designs in punched tin technique.
Fill an empty can with water and place in the freezer until frozen solid.
Now scrub off the ink to reveal a shiny aluminum can surface
Find a design that will look good when pricked out in dots. Take your inspiration
from rustic tin-punched folk art. Using a crayon or soft pencil draw simple
squares, circles, star shapes and triangles on to your tin. A simple geometric
pattern will be easy and may look very unprofessional in pencil, but when
it becomes a thousand points of light it will look fantastic.
Now using a thick needle, prick out the image with evenly spaced dots. If
too much ice melts the can may buckle so if necessary put it back in the freezer
for a while.
Once done place a couple of larger holes on opposite sides near the top rim
for a wire handle to be inserted later. You can now clean off the pencil marks
with a scourer and let the ice melt and pour away the water.
Now carefully cut out the top of the can with a sharp knife and insert a
wire handle. drop a tea light candle into the can and see how wonderful it
Alternatively take a look at our wonderfully Kitch
Beer Can Lanterns.