Fright-Night Lights: October's selection from A Year's Worth of Easy Upgrades gallery from this old house
Photo: Tina Rupp
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October: Fright-Night Lights

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.

See the step-by-step to learn how we banged them out.
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