Rusty Tin Can Lanterns

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Ohhhh, I have something to be excited about!!!! I have been ask by a group of
awesome bloggers to participate in a monthly DIY challenge. Each month
we will have a different project to come up with. This month the challenge
is RUSTY ITEMS !!!! So without further chatter, welcome to
the Project Challenge where 7 DIYers are creating some
awesome stuff!!!!
Here is what I came up with..... I love rusty cans and I love lanterns,
sooooo why not combine them???
As you can see, I had fun displaying them for the photos
Nature is always the best thing to decorate with,
heather is soo gorgeous this time of year!
Instead of candles I used little battery operated
string lights, they put out more light in the dark than a
single candle would
Here they are in the dark...LUV EM
I already had these rusty cans in the garage from years ago,
but I dug them up for this post and decorated them
with a bit of twine & little hearts
OK so here is a quick "HOW TO" on the
Fill cans with water and put them in the freezer
(I added ice cubes so they would freeze faster)
Once the water is frozen solid, cut a piece of paper to fit onto the height of the can.
Draw a design of our choice on the paper, then use a sharpie and mark little dots on
the outlines to use as a marking for the holes you will be hammering. Wrap the paper
around the can, securing with either tape in the back or use a rubber band.
Use a large nail and hammer into the marked dots, the ice will prevent the can from getting swooshed while you hammer away! Don't forget to poke holes along the
sides of the can if you want to add handles.
For a great RUSTY effect, I used 2 spray paints.
For the first coat use a terra cotta color,
mine is an ACE Hardware brand, but any brand will do
After the first coat dries, spray lightly with RUST-OLEUM MULTI-COLOR,
you want the first color to look through a bit for the rusty effect
I painted my hearts "white" to make them stand out more
To add the rope handles I pulled some twine through the holes on
the sides and tied the thicker rope handles onto them.
I also used a dab of hot glue, so they stay up.
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 27 questions
  • Theresa
    on Nov 8, 2020

    what was the ice for?

  • Milli Lear
    Milli Lear
    on Nov 15, 2020

    What is the ice for?

    • Patti
      on Nov 17, 2020

      So the can would not bend while tapping holes in it

  • Sharon
    on Nov 15, 2020

    I love this!

    Im going to nail out christmas trees and use the multi colored lights!!

    • BBane
      on Nov 18, 2020

      The ice keeps the can from bending while you hammer the nails to make your design. If you hammer on to an empty can, it will likely bend.

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  • JoJo
    on Jan 8, 2021

    I am inspired! What a Zen way to add to a backyard fence line or patio. Thank you.! I made some similar using a tin planter/pot. But......I used a drill...not so easy without the ice technique. Thank you for that idea....

  • Christine @ Little Brags
    Christine @ Little Brags
    on Jan 8, 2021

    Thanks so much for the sweet comment Jojo

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