As the end of summer approaches, make these Tin Can Lanterns as a fun way to light a path in your yard or decorate a tree. The lanterns can be a reminder of how God’s love lights up our lives. Share with your children that we’re to reflect God’s love and allow it to shine out onto others.
What You’ll Need
- tin cans (any size)
- thin wire (enough to create a handle for each lantern so you can hang it)
- nail (medium size)
- spray paint
- tea light candles
- optional: permanent marker
What You’ll Do
- Fill each can with water and put it in the freezer until the water is frozen solid.
- Place the can on the towel so it won’t slip.
- Use the hammer and the nail to pound a pattern into your can. For younger children, you might use the marker to draw the design on the can before you begin.
- At the top of the can, punch two holes across from each other. You will thread the wire through these holes.
- Run hot water into the can until the ice melts. Let the can dry.
- Spray paint the outside of the can.
- Once the paint dries (three or four hours), thread a section of wire through the two holes and twist the ends to secure.
- Place a tea light candle at the bottom of the can. Light and enjoy!