I love to recycle. I am always finding things to do with loose parts, old tins, corks, tops, etc. Tins have always been something I recycle into a vase, pencil holders, telephones…so many possibilities.
Here, I made some table lantern from tins. My sister Nicky taught me this when we were growing up in Jamaica. The glow from these lanterns can be very beautiful, especially at night. The insides of the lantern are very sharp and should not be handled by children. This er’ project was done solely by Miss Sue.
Let’s Do This
- Save your bean tins, unwrap the paper, wash out the tins and let’s begin. Add water to tins fill to where you would like to pierce (I filled to 3/4 rim), place in freezer. Let freeze overnight or at least one day. Lay the tin on a non-slippery surface ( I used a cutting board because I have done this several times over my lifetime), grip tightly and pierce with a big top nail. You don’t want a small tip nail as the hammer may slip, and injure your fingers or hand. Keep turning the tin until you have your desired look…keep in mind you are making this to show the glow of the candle. When finished DO NOT try to put your hand inside…the inside has sharp edges. I used the faux candle which I dropped inside. You can use real candles with much caution.
After you have achieved the look for the lanterns get ready to spread them around your table. I wanted a rustic feel so, I incorporated some dried corn husks I kept for crafts, anise, and cinnamon.
The look of the table with some candles turned on (battery operated).
How the lanterns glow in the night. The credenza on the other side had all the food.
Our Thanksgiving is a small gathering of just my family. We gather, give thanks and enjoy the blessings of life, migration, child rearing, and the list goes on – Miss Sue.
This is Heru helping with the beans. I love to have my children in the kitchen. They have been active in the kitchen since oh wow, from they could walk. No wonder they are actively cooking at ages seven and ten.