Upcycled Maple Syrup Can Lanterns

At a yard sale last year I came upon this set of 4 extremely rusty tin cans. Being that it was late in the day, the vendor made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Four for a dollar. I had no idea what they had been used for in their previous lives, but now I had to have them.
Took those rusty cans outside and gave them a quick spray of an exterior spray paint. While I love me some rust, even I thought they needed just a bit of color. I had this maroon color already on hand.
Now with my handy dandy cutting tool, dremel, I cut a couple of slots in two sides of my tin: wide enough to get a pair of tin snips in. I cut about an inch away from the edges and into the corners. With gloves, I folded back the edges of the tin to give a nice rounded edge and a half inch border around the lantern.
To hold a candle , I picked up this set of 4 claret glasses at Walmart.. At $1.25 a glass, it brought my total to $1.50 per lantern.
Tied up with rope, right now they're adding a little candlelight to our outside eating.
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  • Bea Bea on Aug 28, 2015
    Love it, what a clever idea. They kind of look like a type of olive oil can or maybe mineral oil or paint thinner can? (My dad's garage had a few like that) May I ask, what dremel tip did you use to cut the metal? I love to use my dremel,but I sometimes just can't figure out the proper tip/bit (even with the guide) Bea from Pearland Tx

  • Pamela Lee Pamela Lee on Sep 22, 2015