Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tin Can 4th Craft

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With summer just about here, I am finding it hard to get to bed at an early time.... there's too many crafts to do!! I am especially excited about the 4th of July.  I did a little twist on the usual tin can hole art and I added some paper on the inside to give it some color. It was so simple and fun!! 
You need:
Tin can
White paint
Red, Blue Vellum Paper
Nails of different sizes
Wood Punch
Floral wire

~ Clean the can and fill it with water and put it in the freezer. Allow to freeze fully. This will prevent the can from denting when you punch holes in it. 
~Make your design by sketching or freehanding it. I used different sized nails and a wooden punch to make the holes for the star. Add two holes on opposite sides of each other for the floral wire handle.  
~Paint it white (I had a nice antique white I used) and let it dry. I gave it two coats 'cause the first one just didn't cover it all.

~ Use something pointy, like a needle, to clear out the dried paint from the holes.
~ Cut your vellum in the shape of the object you want to cover. 
~Place the vellum on the inside and press it against the punctured metal (be CAREFUL, it is sharp!!) and it will hold the paper in place.
~For the star, I use two different colors. One larger blue star shape for the outside and a red star shape for the inside. 
~Take the floral wire and thread it through the two holes on opposite sides of each other.
~Wrap the ends of the wire around a light bulb that is cool and has been off for a while and it should hold just fine. With the light shining down on it, the vellum truly stands out!!
This next picture was taken with a flashlight shining down on tin can. I tried some different ways of lighting it up....little battery lights, flashlights, and finally suspending it below a light bulb. The only thing you should not do is put a candle in it....that paper would catch on fire quickly and it would not be safe.

Here it is in the daytime under a light bulb....I was too impatient to wait for night time to finish this post. :-)
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  1. Missy- I remember making something similar when I was a Girl Scout waaaay back when I was in grade school! We didn't hang them, though. So your idea is much cuter. And now that they have battery operated "candles" they are not a fire hazard. Gee, even I could do this if I could ever get uncluttered and un-messy, too! LOL
    ~ Sue

  2. Love these - and particularly the trick of freezing water in it first - brilliant! Love your site too... always full of beautiful things. Thanks and I'm takin' a button too!

  3. Those look great! Love the fireworks!

  4. What a great tutorial! I never would've thought about freezing the water. Great tip. Plus they're just so dang cute!

    Thanks for stopping by last week!

  5. Very cute--love the fireworks! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great idea! I love really did a great job!

  7. I'm back. I forgot to invite you last week to Fab Finds for the Fourth this Thursday. Wouldn't these be great? And not just for the 4th, either!

  8. So fun! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hi Missy, thanks for your kind comments on my blog! I love this lantern idea. A few of these would look great on my deck!

  10. If only I had not made that trip to the dump today!
    (or maybe I should have brought cans home from there)

  11. These are so cute, I love them.

  12. Love it!

    You should link up to my Upcycled Awesome linky party!

  13. ohh i love the one you did like a fireworks display. super fun!

  14. I sooooooooo have it in my mind to make a ton of these for Christmas...I like how yours turned out and the photo is great!!

  15. Came back to let you know that I'm featuring you this week for Friday Favorites!


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