17.5.11

Tuesday tip: tin lanterns!

Happy Tuesday everyone! 

I handed my FMP in today and it is such a weight off my shoulders. Although, after 2 all-nighters in a row, I am feeling decidedly dead. We're going for dinner with Alex's parents tonight which is giving me the will to survive. I have had a few hours sleep now so hopefully I won't fall asleep in my dinner!

This is the first in a series of tin crafts I've been loving lately! I first saw this tip here, and was so surprised at how simple it was! To think of all the tins I've chucked in the bin without knowing their adorable lantern potential! I never have money to jazz up the flat so I do love free and easy ideas like this to add a bit of character.



You will need

A tin, a freezer, a hammer and a nail (although I don't have either so I improvised with a skewer and a boot - it worked like a charm!)

Start by washing out a tin, peeling off the sticker and washing off the glue.


Fill it up with water, and bung it in the freezer for a few hours.


Pen on a design, take your nail (/skewer) and hammer (/boot) and start punching holes along the lines. Rest the tin on a towel whilst doing this to keep it steady.


Leave to thaw, bung a tealight in it, and you're good to go!


My heart went a bit wonky at the end, but I love it all the same. You can paint your tin too, but I'm not sure what paint would work best (if you have any idea, speak now or forever hold your peace!)

This makes a cute decoration for  a special occasion too. I punched '17' into a tin when we had a little birthday celebration for my sister a few weeks ago. I envisage a christmas tree looking sweet too! 

I'm off for a long bath and to plan getting back to normality! Bye bye deadline diet of sugary drinks, cookies and crisps. Hello healthy regime and maybe running... And hello regular blog posts!

I've missed you!


50 comments:

  1. Whilst I think this is my most favourite tuesday tip every mainly for the tip, but also for the the section of your book shelf; James Joyce, Jack Kerouac and Ernest Hemingway, you have great taste girl!
    x

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  2. Well done on the book - it looks great. And I love these, saw them in one of my many craft books which I just read and go 'ooh lovely' to and don't get round to. But I will put it back on my list!

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  3. Ooh I think I did this at Guides once! I'd totally forgotten about it. Definitely doing this for my birthday this year!

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  4. Wow I love this. Will definitely trying it out. It looks so cute. Thank you. One of my favorite tips so far! x

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  5. I really, really love this one - trying it! x

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  6. Honestly Gem, you are the woman of my dreams. You really are. I bloody LOVE this tip. I also admire your improvisation - proper job.

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  7. This is so cute! Skewer and a boot made me chuckle. Also SO JEALOUS that your project is done with. I have till Monday :( x

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  8. How adorable! This really makes me think of all the other things I throw away that can potentially be reused to make something pretty. I will definitely be trying this out and keeping my eyes peeled! :)

    Natalie x

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  9. this looks amazing! i cant wait to try this
    x

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  10. Love this - thats such a cute idea and I like that its using tins u would maybe throw away!! xxx great tip x

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  11. What a cute tuesday tip !!
    Love your blog.
    An avid follower myself

    www.hannahroyall.blogspot.com

    xx

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  12. What a cute idea! Nice bit of environmental friendliness there too ;)

    I think you can buy specialist metal paints but they're quite pricey so acrylic works just as well!

    www.guiltyhippo.blogspot.com :) x

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  13. This is by far my favourite Tuesday Tip yet! Such a lovely and novel idea. I will be saving up tins over th next few weeks to make some of these for both the living room and the patio :) xx

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  14. this is amazing! so perfect - i'm just in the midst of redecorating my room and this will look so cute dotted along my shelves and things :) thanks for the tip!

    x

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  15. haha im so in awe of you, how do you manage to find so many cutesy things to make!? Plus, I had a good perv at your bookshelf ;) xx

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  16. That is super cute and such a cheap simple idea!

    Def going to try it

    xx

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  17. This is so cute and such a good idea, they would work a lot better for using candles outside too

    www.foreversweet89.blogspot.com

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  18. The tin lantern is such a cute craft idea, and the heart imprint is darling.

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com
    much love.

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  19. I LOVE this - definitely going to try it! x

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  20. Awh this is so kitcsh. Lav it. Big thumbs up for the final hand-in. Go sleep girl, enjoy dinner.

    Helen, X
    areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

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  21. LOVE these! Cant wait to try this, im gona be eating beans like crazy lady from now on x

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  22. bunting and lantarns, this is wonderful :)

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  23. This is so cute! Defo going to be saving cans for this and also to plant herbs in. DIY gardening chich! You should really start running, I LOVE it! I find myself thinking at inappropriate times now 'I wish I could go for a run'. SO unlike the Helen from last year. But I'm fitter and more toned so it's definitely paid off.

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  24. Wow, I'm on this Tuesday Tip for shizzle. It doesn't cost anything which is just amazing, and so so pretty too.
    So happy that you handed in! A weight lifted, I bet :)

    Rosie x

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  25. Such a great idea can't wait to try it out x

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  26. It's amazing the things that you can do with a tin can. This is such a great tip! Great book collection too :)

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  27. if you're still thinking of painting your tin lantern, then i've tried using glass paints and nail polish. both work well :)

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  28. This is such a great idea! I'm definitely going to try this when I move in to my new house!

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  29. This is such a cute idea, it looks so sweet too! x

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  30. Officially welcome back Gem! Loving the tip, I wil have to try it. Maybe it's be possible to spray paint it onto gold or something like that..

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  31. just want to say I love your tips and wait for them every week!!i never comment but thought i should to let you know your blog is fab!!! love love love it!!! hope you had a fab dinner!!!! take it easy now :) xx

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  32. Ah you own catch22, I love you for that. Great tip!!! Also good if painted with varnish and hung in trees in the garden xxxx

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  33. This is a great idea! But I'm judging your book back there...a few of my least favorites! (On the Road, Dubliners, yuck!)

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  34. We've missed you too ! Congratulations on getting yourFMP in and for the 2 all nighters, I've never been able to pull these off ! You've got me all excited about moving into my own place ! Cannot WAIT to start some aggression therapy on tin cans while making pretty things ! haha Molly xo

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  35. I've got some herbs in tins on my window in the kitchen. Totally going to use this idea when I have a bbq in the summer as we don't have any lights in the garden x

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  36. Great idea, I've been into DIY things at the moment so I'm gonna try this! Will look lovely I'm sure. Get some well deserved sleep also x

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  37. that's a great idea! very creative. I was wondering, anyone in particular can answer this but how do you have the "you might also like" on the bottom of your blog? and that has a picture with it? if anyone knows can they respond? I'd love to know because I've been trying on my blog.



    www.buttonsnbows101.blogspot.com

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  38. this is so amazing! deffo going to try it out

    I also wanted to apologise regarding the tweet I sent you regarding ebay/charity shops-i sounded so bitchy and mean!! anyways, I put an explanation into my feelings on my blog :)

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  39. btw your tuesday tips books looks amazing, you're def going to have to sell it!

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  40. We're hosting a super stylish 1940's Knees Up in aid of The British Red Cross in Birmingham.

    And this is perfect! You're DIY cute and kitch Tuesday Tips are literally so so perfect!

    Please post more as right now finding sponsership and etc for a vintage stalls and jazz bands are proving very difficult!!

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  41. PS FOLLOW US PLEASE we could do with hints and tips and any ideas any of you fashionistas have!

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  42. Love this idea, am going to try it right now! Always figured there must be something better to do with all my dog's food tins than plain old recycle box!xx

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  43. I did this last night! It's such a cute idea, I stuck a print out of a heart and made the holes of that, thank god because I can't draw to save my life! Just used standard spray paint to make it black too :)

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  44. Cutest idea ever dude! I really need some of these in my life :) Might need to get crafty soon. Any metal paint would do you nicely for these, like Hammerite! Probs the spraypaint version tho for more even coverage xx

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  45. I'm so gonna try this next time I have an empty tin, our recycling box has just been emptied! They are so pretty and would be great for summer evenings in the garden :)

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  46. WOW ... I must say your are really creative. Your room, walls, all the stuff hanging on them really reflect your efforts. This tin light idea is really great and too much easy.

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  48. This is great! Just added you to my google reader :D

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  49. I really love this! Such a clever idea. Thank you!

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  50. Thanks for this great idea! I just made it for my blog and linked back to your tutorial =]

    http://www.paintsandpans.com/2012/01/29/valentines-day-centerpieces/

    Cheers,
    Natalie

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