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!!!!
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
Here is what I came up with..... I love rusty cans and I love lanterns,
sooooo why not combine them???
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
As you can see, I had fun displaying them for the photos
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
Nature is always the best thing to decorate with,
heather is soo gorgeous this time of year!
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
Instead of candles I used little battery operated
string lights, they put out more light in the dark than a
single candle would
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
Here they are in the dark...LUV EM
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
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
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
OK so here is a quick "HOW TO" on the
"RUSTY TIN CAN LANTERNS"
Fill cans with water and put them in the freezer
(I added ice cubes so they would freeze faster)
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
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.
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
For a great RUSTY effect, I used 2 spray paints.
RUST-OLEUM MULTI-COLOR & TERRA COTTA CLAY from ACE
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
For the first coat use a terra cotta color,
mine is an ACE Hardware brand, but any brand will do
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
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
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
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.
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
rusty tim can lanterns, container gardening, crafts, gardening
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 18 questions
  • Nadia Salzer
    on Jun 11, 2017

    I tried this but the cans got blown out of shape when they froze. The bottom almost popped out. Why?
    • Becca Jackson
      on Oct 4, 2018

      Too much water in the can, whater expands when frozen leave about an inch of headroom at the top of the can.

  • Alex Anderson
    on Jun 12, 2017

    What was the point of freezing them? If you just paint d them to look rusty
    • Becca Jackson
      on Oct 4, 2018

      You freeze them so you don’t bend the cans out of shape when you use the hammer and nail to make your design.

  • Rebecca Surette
    on Sep 27, 2018

    Guess what technique is going to be used to make little jackolanterns to line my walkway next month?

    • Rebecca Surette
      on Oct 4, 2018

      Crystal, I'm actually NOT the original poster, but I do hope that she sees this and answers!

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  • Missy Herald
    on Nov 18, 2018

    I would just drill small holes in the can, that way you wouldn't have to use nails or freez them


  • Judy Hamski
    on Nov 20, 2018

    LOVE THIS , THANKS FOR SHARRING

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