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Our First Martinmas Lanterns - Livin' the Good Life

Nov. 12th, 2009

09:06 am - Our First Martinmas Lanterns

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To be fair, I must mention that we've used our "coffee can lanterns" very satisfactorily for nearly 20 years, and they have served us well, being that they are attractive and sturdy and store easily. We made these lanterns when Ben was about four years old, and they are great because a child his age can actually make the lantern themselves, with some supervision of course.
Here's how to make them. Fill an empty coffee can almost to the top with water and put it upright in the freezer. When the water is frozen take the can outside on some cement with a hammer and a nail. With the can on it's side, punch holes in the can with the hammer and nail (the frozen water keeps the can from denting in during the hammering) in any kind of pattern that pleases you. When the ice is thawed enough and loosens from the sides of the can, slip it out. Then take some spray paint and paint the can (on plenty of newspapers). Punch holes to insert a wire handle on each side near the top of the can. And there you have a lantern that you can use for years and years. Here are some of ours that have survived 20 years of children swinging them enthusiastically in the dark!
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