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Romantic Tin Can Luminaries

Romantic Tin Can Luminaries
Romantic Tin Can Luminaries
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Tin can crafts make fantastic outdoor ideas because they are made out of extra sturdy materials, allowing them to brave just about any type of weather. Come rain or shine, tin can crafts look right at home in your backyard. These Romantic Tin Can Luminaries are created by punching holes in tin cans before adding the spray paint hue you desire. Perfect for outdoor weddings or fancier bonfires, these recycled crafts will light the way all summer long. If you are not a fan of an open flame, add a battery-operated tea light instead.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting



Project TypeMake a Project

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If you're in need of some summer outdoor lighting then this one is it. It's very low cost, you can save your grocery cans and make these tin can luminaries. You can string some fairy lights inside especially for outdoor parties or romantic dates but battery operated tea lights work best.

These can be painted ahead of time instead of using tape. I have heard to fill the can with water before punching holes, then freeze solid. When they are frozen you can use a hammer and a nail to punch holes. You don't have to worry about the metal shavings as much, or crushing the can from too much pressure. Make nightlights with constellations, or for a stargazing activity. You can also insert glow sticks inside as a light source.


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