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DIY Tin Lanterns

DIY Tin Lanterns
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 5y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Stephanie Sims
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I always find these lanterns the children make especially charming in the autumn, though I'm not sure why. It probably has something to do with cozy indoor craft projects and that soft golden candlelight...

How We Did It

DIY Tin Lanterns

Grownup supervision is required for this project. (My daughter just turned seven, but we tackled this project for the first time when she was just four...and we still love it!)

DIY Tin Lanterns

The day before we planned to make our lanterns, we washed the cans, filled them near the top with water, and put them in the freezer. (The ice will keep the cans from smashing and denting as you hammer on the cans.)

DIY Tin Lanterns

Working on a towel to provide stability, Maddie dried off a spot on our frosty can and drew a very simple design. (Very young kids may prefer that someone else draws their design for them.) Kids who just want to hammer free-style on the can might not want a drawn picture.

DIY Tin Lanterns

Holding the nail securely over the design, Maddie carefully hammered small holes over the design.

DIY Tin Lanterns

She continued to work on creating holes for her pattern until the can was completely outlined in small holes. We made two more holes on the two sides of her design to string it with a wire handle.

DIY Tin Lanterns

We dumped out the ice, and washed off the drawn pattern. We added a wire handle and a little tea light.

DIY Tin Lanterns

Our lanterns cast a soft, gentle glow in our front porch. Aren't they lovely?!

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Sooooo much fun to make!

posted by: Juliana on 8.14.2013

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My child and I completed DIY Tin Lanterns.

posted by: Ashley on 6.26.2013

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wow.. it reminds me to my childhood experience in ramadhan season. love it!

posted by: Febri on 3.9.2013

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My child and I completed DIY Tin Lanterns.

posted by: Rhiannon on 11.27.2012

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