Recycled Crafts – Christmas Lanterns from Food Cans!
I love recycled crafts and upcycling ‘rubbish’ and I adore anything which involves getting my tools out and twinkly candle light! This is a craft for older children, adults or both together!
You Will Need
- washed and dried ring pull tins
- acrylic paint
- an electric drill fitted with a small drill bit
- glitter glue
- night-light candles (I used giant ones which are almost the same size as the base of the tins)
- Pencil your design outline onto your clean tin and drill holes. They work well as baubles on the ends of Christmas tree branches, the points of a star and the features and buttons of a snowman but your imagination is the only limit. I gently hammered a dent in before starting to drill so the drill bit didn’t slip but be careful not to hammer too hard and squash the tin. I lay the tins on their sides on my workbench between the slats so they didn’t roll about.
- Paint the tins with acrylic paint and allow to dry completely before adding a second coat. I used lovely festive red and green here but you could adapt it to suit your Christmas colour theme…purple and silver maybe? I may be pursing my lips a little bit, I am a traditionalist but I am trying to accept that others of you go for a more ‘modern’ look!
- Once the paint has dried completely lightly pencil on your design again if you need to and then go over it with glitter glue.
- Allow to dry, pop in a night-light and hey presto, Christmas lanterns!
How would you paint your tins? What is your festive colour scheme? Are you a traditionalist like me or do you go for a black tree and purple decorations?