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Tin Can Lanterns - tutorial by quexthemyuu Tin Can Lanterns - tutorial by quexthemyuu
HAHAHA, clicking the image gets you NOTHING!
The tutorial is actually HERE, in the comments section! XD

MATERIALS

You need:
cans
nails and/or tin punches
hammer
wire or string
tea lights (or any short, fat candle)

INSTRUCTIONS

1) Get some tin cans together. If you have one of those safety-lid can openers that pry off the lid without sharp edges, try to use that for the opening of cans you intend to make lanterns from. Larger soup cans, baked bean cans, etc. are good; small coffee cans are even better. Cans that have a white or shiny reflective surface on the inside tend to make brighter lanterns.

1.5) Eat whatever good things are in the cans, then wash them out. Of course.

2) Fill the cans with water and put them in the freezer. Leave the water level about 1cm below the top so the ice will have some expansion room. The ice in the cans keeps them from denting in while you punch holes in step 3.

2.5) If you have a design in mind, draw it on the outside of the can with a marker so you can follow it later. Or just wing it, like I always do. XD

3) Punch holes through the frozen can with a hammer and nails. Make sure you're doing this in a safe place, like outside or somewhere that you won't accidentally hammer into the floor. Also, don't hurt yourself. Please. If you have or can borrow a metal punch, it makes the process much easier. You can make big holes with the punch, or tap it once to mark out dents that will settle the nail in place on the surface of the can, so it's not slipping around on the metal. Don't forget to punch two holes opposite from each other near the top rim of the can so that you can hang it.

4) Light 'em up. Put candle in the bottom of each lantern and hang it with a length of string or wire. I prefer wire because there's no fear of it burning if the flame gets too high.

All my other tutorials and patterns are here. ^3^
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hiya,

I featured your tutorial in my Artisan Crafts Feature: Lamps and Lanterns :D
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KyandiTsueMewMew Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
These would be great with little LED tealights...There's a store in my town that sells a little box of 6 or 8 flameless tealights for very cheap.
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Melhyria Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Thanks for the great tutorial, I used it to do that !
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
what a great idea!
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vida-para-vida Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Looks nice, I'm gonna try it! :D
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quexthemyuu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Please do, but be careful. ^^
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tjae Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
The picture has a romantic-esque feel to it.
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quexthemyuu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
...probably the chair. ^^;

(thanks)
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luckyiota Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
wow, there's a really neat idea!
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quexthemyuu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Heh, if you don't burn yourself or smash your finger, it's fun.

I did both. >.<
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sweetbabykit Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
amazing! :D
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quexthemyuu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
XD Doumo. Make some!
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