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.
Please click trough my blog post with the link provided here so you can check out all the other awesome RUSTY projects!!!
Christine @ Little Brags
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  • Msb25033866 Msb25033866 on Oct 25, 2021

    So did you put dragged holes in the bottom

  • Anniebs Anniebs on Oct 25, 2021

    I've tried similar projects before but was never successful because I co UK lent get the can with ice stabilized to tap the holes. Standing up or on its side, it just rolled around soi couldn't get the design tapped in right. Got any tips?

  • Kenneth Bradshaw Kenneth Bradshaw on Oct 25, 2021

    When do you remove ice?

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  • Lisa reynolds Lisa reynolds on Oct 25, 2021

    We did this for my daughter's prom but we did stars and turned them upside down with a tee light under it. They lined the entrance to the doors. It was really pretty.

  • Susan Maddox Susan Maddox on Oct 25, 2021

    I will do this for neighbor Christmas gifts. I am going to use a simple tree design.

    Great Idea.