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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

DIY: Halloween Tin Can Luminaries

Jolly Mom's blog has a very easy to follow DIY that features tin can luminaries.  There is still plenty of time to whip up these guys to line your steps or driveway.  Ideal for a party!

Head on over to her blog for even more DIY!


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What You'll Need:


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* Sharpie or marker in the same color as your paint
* Clean empty tin cans {I like to use the big coffee cans, any size will work}
* Hammer and large nail or awl
* Paint
* Paint brush
* Candles


Instructions

Fill the tin can with water and place it in the freezer. When the water in the can is frozen, remove the can from the freezer.

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Using the marker, draw whatever image or word onto the tin can. You can freehand or print a design from the internet and then trace it onto the tin can. Keep the design simple though. Design Ideas: outline of a cat, a bat, a witch's hat, words like Boo or Happy Halloween.

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Place the tin can on a folded towel. This will help brace the tin can and reduce the impact of punching the holes with the hammer.

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Then, use the hammer and awl {or nail} nail to puncture the design in the can.

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When you're done punching the holes, place the can under hot, running water to melt the ice.

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Also, since water expands as it freezes, the bottom of your can will probably not be level. If not, then turn the can over, cover with a towel, and hammer down the edges until the bottom of the can is level.

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Paint the tin can using either spray paint or acrylic paint. Once the the paint is dry, you'll probably have to go back with a toothpick and poke some of the holes through on the can since the paint can clog them up.

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Place a candle inside the can and enjoy!

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NOTE: You can also puncture one hole on either side of the tin can, attach a piece of wire, and then hang the luminaries as well!

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