Luminaries or lanterns make good outdoor party lighting because it brightens up the place and set up a serene ambience when the sun goes down. Instead of hunting them down in shops, you can actually DIY it on your own by using tin cans and some paint. With a good hole puncher, you can even personalize the designs on your luminaries.
Here are the steps to upcycle your tin cans into beautiful luminaries.
What you need:
- Tin cans
- Acrylic craft Paint
- Mod podge outdoor or any spray sealer
- Crop-A-Dile Punchers in 1/16th or ¼ inch widths or hammer and nails
- Silver wire
- Flat nosed pliers
- Wire cutters or scissors
- Pencil or pen
- Cellophane tape
- Paint the cleaned and dried tin cans using acrylic paint.
- Once the paint is dry, coat the outer surface of the tin with Mod Podge Outdoor or a spray sealer for waterproofing.
- Let it dry.
- Punch holes using Crop-A-Dile punchers. If you don’t own any punchers, you can make holes by hammering a nail through the tin.
To punch patterns:
- Draw your designs on a piece of paper (measured by the size of the tin can).
- Stick the design around the tin can.
- Punch the holes following your design.
If you don’t know what to draw, design templates can be downloaded here.
To make the handles for hanging:
- Measure and cut a length of wire to form the handles.
- Be creative with the shapes of the handles instead of the usual loop.
- Use a flat-nosed plier to wrap the wire around itself on the sides of the cans.
Tadaa! Your luminaries are ready to be used! Place a candle or battery-operated light inside the luminaries and watch them light up the venue. Now you get to place your self-made luminaries on the table or hang them up!