Stylish Halloween decoration with upcycling: so you can easily transform empty food cans into Halloween lanterns with pretty motifs!
We are big friends of upcycling: why throw away what you can still make something beautiful? In keeping with the season and the approaching Halloween, we have made lanterns with scary motifs from tin cans.
Actually quite simple: here you can learn how to do it!
The easiest way is to soak the empty food cans in water for a while in the kitchen sink. Then the labels can be peeled off easily.
However, there may be some stubborn residue or glue left behind. I got these off with conventional table vinegar and a brush. Surely other “sharp” cleaning agents such as turpentine are also suitable for this.
Once the food cans are clean, fill them to the top with water and place them in the freezer overnight.
This serves to provide resistance in the can later when hammering holes through the ice, making it less likely to dent.
While the ice cream is freezing in the cans, you can think about the motifs you want to decorate them with. As you can see in our pictures, the motifs are created by lines of holes in the can, through which the light of the candle shines later.
The motifs for Halloween candles can be anything that fits this holiday: a pumpkin face, a witch, a hunchbacked cat, a ghost, a skull, a raven, a witch’s hat, etc. Alternatively, you can use letters, for example, a witch’s hat. Alternatively, letters work too, for example, you could hammer in “Happy Halloween.”
We decided on different picture motifs and noticed: The more intricate the lines, the more difficult the implementation! So for the first box at least, we recommend choosing a simple motif made up of a few clear lines. You can always increase ?.
When you take the food cans out of the freezer, you have 3 options to put the motif on it as a template:
Now comes the most important step: hammering in the motifs. For this it is important to have a good hammer, preferably with a heavy head and a long nail. This is the best way to do it!
It is also important to choose a non-slip surface and to create enough space in the room where you are tinkering so that nothing lies nearby that must not get wet.
In the distance of a few millimeters you now hammer holes according to the lines of the motifs.
Some difficulties you should be prepared for:
Once you’re done hammering, first melt the ice in the cans and dry them off. Now they can be sprayed on. We chose black for our Halloween lanterns because that’s the best way to show off the orange candlelight, and it goes well with the gloomy style of this holiday. But of course you can use any other color of your choice.
Spraying is best done outside and line the ground with newspapers in a radius of about 2 meters. Then simply proceed according to the instructions of the respective spray paint. Usually several layers are necessary to achieve the desired result.
Almost at the finish: now just find the right candle. Tea lights work in any case, but it’s best to compare yourself times, with which candle you achieve the most beautiful effects.
Have fun making Halloween lanterns!
At Abenteuer Freundschaft, you’ll find even more tutorials for Halloween, including Halloween card ideas, how to carve a Jack Skellington Halloween Pumpkin, and how to make decorative Halloween candle holders. Discover even more easy crafting ideas with instructions to follow! Around the year, the Leisure Ideas portal offers inspiration for gifts and activities with kids, friends and your partner.
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