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Making Halloween Tin Can Lanterns

It’s time again to raid the recycle bin! Pull out all the tin cans and clean ‘em out good because we’re gonna use them in some Halloween decorations.

 

Making Tin Can Lanterns for HalloweenLet’s face it…who wants to spend good money on decorations you only put out for a couple of weeks of the year? Plus, it’s loads of fun to make your own decorations.

I know…you’re too busy! Well, slow down, take a deep breath, relax and do some crafts. It’s a great way to distress and enjoy the approaching cooler weather and festivities! Besides, this is real easy!

Spray Paint the Tin Cans

Ok! You got some cans and they are clean and dry, right? Next step is to spray paint them black, inside and out. Always spray paint in a well-ventilated area. Once, when I was young I spray painted something red in a closed garage and almost passed out when I sneezed into a tissue and it was covered in bright red. I’m just saying, you’ll breathe the stuff in and that’s not good so find an open space or room for the spray to dissipate. Be safe!

Making Tin Can Lanterns for HalloweenPrint the Jack-O-Lantern Pattern

Below you’ll find a pattern of a Jack-O-Lantern face. Print that out so that it fits across the height of the can. Actually, you may want to print it a little smaller (I’ll explain that a little later).

Tape the paper pattern to the can on either side like shown here. I told you to print the pattern a little smaller than the can because if the pattern is too low on the can, a tea light candle will not glow through the toothy mouth.

Punch Holes for Your Lantern

Using a punch tool and a hammer, carefully punch holes along the pattern so that a clear opening is made. To keep the can from rolling around, I put it up against a brick I had covered with a soft fabric for yoga (I’m glad to finally get to use it!). You could use heavy books or anything else to keep it stable.

Punch in as many holes as you are comfortable with. There are no rules here. For example, for the eyes, I put a hole at each corner, one in the middle of the line and one more between those (making a total of five holes along one line in the triangle of each eye). Be aware the some cans have ridge and the punch may tend to slide around to the bottom of them. If so just move on and again, be careful.

Free Pattern for HalloweenI used the term Tin Can Halloween Lanterns which maybe has you thinking that a candle is the light on the inside. Well, sure, but there are other safer options. I used a string of LED Christmas lights in the cans above. I arranged one string from the plug behind the table into the back can and over into the Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Tin Can. The LED lights don’t produce heat and after all they shouldn’t produce flames, right? And as you can see in the picture, it looks pretty good. You can even arrange the light to show up best for the placement of the lantern. And let’s face it…if you have little ones around, you don’t want candles!

Here’s The Tin Can Lantern Pattern

Now, you can use this pattern but I’m sure you’re already thinking that there are at least a million other Jack-O-Lantern Faces out there. Well, think some more because there are many other designs from Halloween that can be used with this idea in mind. What about the outline of a cat? How about a wolf howling at the moon? Maybe a witch on her broom? You get the idea!

I hope you enjoyed this and try some of our other Halloween Crafts and ideas!

Well, Happy Haunting! Penny

Free Skeleton Doll Pattern & Mummy Candle Jars

Pssstt!!! Hey when you finished making Halloween tin can lanters, check out these two great Halloween ideas: Making a Skeleton Doll - Free Pattern! and Making Mummy Candle Jars!

If you think this skeleton doll is cute find out about Making an Iron-on Skeleton Doll! Of course, the pattern is free.

I know your probably thinking ahead to all the other Halloween Crafts you can't wait to get your hands on so I just wanted to let you know that you'll get a real scream from these Scary Pumpkin Stencils. And if your ready to break out the knives check out these Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils.

 

 

We are thrilled to introduce these downloadable and Printable Stencils (click here for more). Instant gratification at its finest! You don't need a special printer - these designs are specially formatted to print straight from your home computer on standard letter sized paper. Once downloaded, you will have your complete stencil booklet with patterns and instructions. Just click, buy and print!

Each book will come to you as a down-loadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

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Fleur de lis Stencils

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

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Oriental Stencils

Oriental Designs: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 16 designs- Chinese Dragon, Bamboo, Oriental Figure with Coolie Hat, Ying Yang Koi Stencils, Bonsai Tree Stencil and 3 Cranes plus 10 Chinese Symbols (Eternity, Friendship, Happiness, Harmony, Long Life, Peace, Prosperity, Tranquility, Truth and Dragon.

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Antique Door Stencils

Antique Door Hardware: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 5 designs- Lion Head Door Knocker, Key Bow, Lock Plate and Mail Box Plaque (with two word options). These images should add a little fun and even some humor to the doors in your home while they introduce a touch of the past.

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Princess Stencils

For a Princess

This collection includes 7 designs- Royal Carriage, Knight in Shining Armor, Castle, Dragon, Sceptre, Tiara and Pillow plus the word "Princess."

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Zoo Babies Stencisl

Zoo Babies: Stencils for a Nursery

This collection includes 7 animal stencils - an Elephant, a Giraffe, a Hippo, a Lion, a Monkey, a Tiger and a Zebra.

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Secret Garden Stencils

The Secret Garden

Create your own private wall mural garden retreat. This collection includes 12 stencils -fountain, bleeding heart, iris, bee, butterfly, foxglove, grasshopper, hummingbird, trumpet flower, morning glory, stone wall and stone path.

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