4th of July Luminaries

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I whipped up these quick and easy luminaries that you can use year after year for your 4th of July celebrations. Just punch holes in tin cans, add a little spray paint, and voila! You have added instant ambiance to your 4th of July celebration. For more details, visit http://www.honeybearlane.com/2014/07/4th-july-luminaries.html
Use a printed letter as your guide when punching the holes.
It starts with simple tin cans, a mallet and an awl.
The key to punching holes in tin is to have something hard behind it...like ice.
You could also punch holes in the sides and make handles to hang them or punch holes in the bottom back to feed Christmas lights through rather than using tea lights.
Vary the size of each hole by punching harder or softer. Follow the edges of the printed letter so you can capture the font you used. Pick a font with a strong serif (those little ledges on the tips of the letters).

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Sharon Shaw
    Sharon Shaw
    on Jan 28, 2019

    What do you put inside of the can to act as support for pounding holes through the tin?

    • TallGirl541
      on Jun 28, 2019

      The article mentions ice. I have seen that same thing elsewhere. Fill the cans with water and freeze overnight. :)

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