In the blink of an eye, Mid-Autumn Festival is fast approaching again. It's funny, and a little scary, how it seems like yesterday when we were strolling at Gardens by the Bay with our DIY Hello Kitty and My Melody lanterns and yet when I think about it again, a year has already passed.
Time, it just seems to whizz by, doesn't it? Especially true when you have children.
Anyway, this year, the teachers have kindly requested for Angel to bring along a handmade, recycled lantern for the Mid-Autumn celebration. I thought it was a pretty neat idea because it encourages parents to spend time crafting with their kids and also teaches them the importance of recycling and being eco-friendly.
So, I really wanted a lantern that can last and instead of the more commonly seen, and easier to make, paper lanterns, we decided to make metal lanterns. Ah huh! Do I have your attention now? In today's Creativity 521, we are sharing with you our DIY Tin Can Lanterns, which are specially dedicated to my precious Angel and little Mermaid.
1) Cleaned, empty tin cans with lids removed (Mine were from canned fruits)
3) Nails of different sizes
4) Printouts of the images or patterns you desire
6) Permanent markers
9) Sticky tape
10) Rattan sticks
Tip: If you find that your can is too malleable and punching too many holes causes it to be dented, you can insert a wooden block into the can to act as a support. Or, you can first fill the can with water and let it freeze before making the holes. Remember to put a towel underneath when hammering and once you are done, you can rinse the can and remove the ice block.
Tip: Since tin can lanterns can be a little heavier than paper lanterns, make sure your rattan stick is strong enough and to prevent drooping, let your child have a better grip by cutting the stick short.
Ta-dah! We are done! This is how our DIY Tin Can Lanterns look! I say they are definitely unique and the best thing is they can't be bought anywhere else. To light up the lanterns, gently drop in a lit tealight and if you have a gas fire lighter at home, you can easily use that to relight the tealight when the flame goes off.
Tips: Since it is made of metal, note that the lantern can get a little hot after awhile (but not burning hot). Also, if your kid likes to fling the lantern around, it will be better to stick the tealight to the base and be careful of the hot wax. Lastly, before giving the lantern to your child, make sure there are no sharp or prickly edges. As always with fire, do exercise caution when you are out with the kids.
We are definitely loving our new 'old' lanterns!
How are you celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival this year?
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