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Rusty Tin Can Lanterns

As you can see, I had fun displaying them for the photos
Nature is always the best thing to decorate with,heather is soo gorgeous this time of year!
Instead of candles I used little battery operatedstring lights, they put out more light in the dark than asingle candle would
Here they are in the dark…LUV EM
I already had these rusty cans in the garage from years ago,but I dug them up for this post and decorated themwith a bit of twine & little hearts
OK so here is a quick “HOW TO” on the”RUSTY TIN CAN LANTERNS”Fill cans with water and put them in the freezer(I added ice cubes so they would freeze faster)
Once the water is frozen solid, cut a piece of paper to fit onto the height of the can.Draw a design of our choice on the paper, then use a sharpie and mark little dots onthe outlines to use as a marking for the holes you will be hammering. Wrap the paperaround the can, securing with either tape in the back or use a rubber band.Use a large nail and hammer into the marked dots, the ice will prevent the can from getting swooshed while you hammer away! Don’t forget to poke holes along thesides of the can if you want to add handles.
For a great RUSTY effect, I used 2 spray paints.RUST-OLEUM MULTI-COLOR & TERRA COTTA CLAY from ACE
For the first coat use a terra cotta color,mine is an ACE Hardware brand, but any brand will do
After the first coat dries, spray lightly with RUST-OLEUM MULTI-COLOR,you want the first color to look through a bit for the rusty effectI painted my hearts “white” to make them stand out more
To add the rope handles I pulled some twine through the holes onthe sides and tied the thicker rope handles onto them.I also used a dab of hot glue, so they stay up.