Introduction

how to make tin-can luminaries for fall and halloween
Photo: Tina Rupp
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Welcome trick-or-treaters by candlelight with festive punched-out luminaries made from leftover food cans. Raid the recycling bin for a variety of vessels in different shapes and sizes; those that housed tomatoes, soups, or vegetables are all fair game. Remove the labels, and deodorize the insides by wiping with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda. Steer clear of containers that once held flammable materials, and don't bother with the fuss of cleaning out old paint cans; empty ones can be found cheaply at a crafts store. Keep reading to learn how we banged them out.
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    Tools List

    • finish hammer
      Hammer
    • Scratch Awl
      Awls in various sizes
    • chisel
      Chisels in various sizes
    • spring clamp
      3-inch spring clamp
    • slip-joint pliers
      Pliers
    • black marker
      Marker

    Shopping List

    Metal cans in various sizes

    Clean paint cans (if desired)

    Scrap 1x1s (leftover molding works too) about 10 inches long

    A scrap 1x6 at least as long as your tallest can

    18- to 21-gauge wire

    Tea lights