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How to Make Punched Tin Lanterns...

By Clementene Coates, Oct 19 2015 12:38PM

This is the first in a series of features that I have written for Country Living Magazine entitled 'A Simple Make'. In this feature I show you how to make pretty punched tin lanterns to light up the on-coming cold winter evenings. These lanterns can be used inside your home and outdoors too.

You will need

* tin cans

* nail and hammer

* paint

* wire


1. Remove the label from the tin can and wash well. Fill with water and freeze overnight. This will allow you to punch in a pattern without creating dents.

2. Choose your design – either draw this on a piece of paper and attach it to the tin or reproduce it freehand. Doing this before freezing will mean the ice won’t be melting as you draw.

3. Lay the tin on a towel and, using a nail and hammer, carefully punch in your design – three to four taps should do the trick for each hole. Add twoadditional holes close to the rim for the handle.

4. Rinse the tin under a hot tap until the ice has melted and allow it to dry.

5. For a unique touch, cover with a paint suitable for metal surfaces.

6. Using pliable wire (available from Hobbycraft), create a handle by securing each end through the two holes at the top of the tin.

7. Once completed, drop a lit tealight into each of the punched tin lanterns and hang.

For more information about me, my other features and my hand painted furniture business visit my website www.clementenecoates.co.uk and get in touch.

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