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She Soaks Old Tin Cans For An Incredible Holiday Craft

by Cassandra Morris
Cassandra is the Senior Editor of Original Content. She loves sweet tea, binge-watching Antiques Roadshow, and petting puppies.

If I had to list my many weaknesses, my number one soft spot would definitely be holiday decorations.

But considering the steep prices of retail decor, it can be a rather expensive habit to support. Because of this, I often turn to the Internet to find cheap, easy, and adorable holiday DIY projects.

And now that I’ve found this amazing tutorial, it looks like I’ll soon be adding another decoration to my ever-growing collection — and just in time for the Fourth of July!

Not only is this craft super simple, it’s also incredibly cheap — if not totally free.

To give your house a rustic, patriotic makeover, all you’ll need are some old cans, a drill, some paint, and a bit of string.

The end result is a gorgeous, glowing accent piece that the forefathers would definitely approve of.

Will you be giving this patriotic project a shot? Let us know in the comments below, and please SHARE with your friends and family!

Instead of throwing away her dog's old food cans, blogger Kate decided to get a little creative. She started by soaking the tin cans in a sink of very hot, soapy water.

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After scrubbing them thoroughly — both inside and out — Kate let them dry overnight.

diy do it yourself fourth of july craft project decoration

The next morning, she grabbed her power drill and headed outside.

diy do it yourself fourth of july craft project decoration

By gripping the can tightly, gloves on-hand, Kate got to drilling. She chose to make her holes random, but suggested you try many different shapes, patterns, and sizes.

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Once all her cans were drilled, she grabbed her paint and colored each can. She chose to sponge-on latex paint because she likes the rustic look — but spray paint would work fine, too.

diy do it yourself fourth of july decoration tin can project craft patriotic america

After giving each can a generous coat of paint, she picked up a paintbrush and added some fun accents. Any shape or theme will do fine, and it doesn't have to look perfect. Once she was done, she sprayed the cans with acrylic sealer.

diy do it yourself fourth of july decoration tin can project craft patriotic america

The next step was to thread the tin cans. She happened to have rusty wire on hand, so she used that to enhance the rustic look of her cans.

diy do it yourself fourth of july decoration tin can project craft patriotic america

With gloves and pliers, she fastened the wire to her pre-drilled handle holes.

diy do it yourself fourth of july decoration tin can project craft patriotic america

After adding some final touches to her cans, she was done!

diy do it yourself fourth of july decoration tin can project craft patriotic america

Her patriotic lanterns looked beautiful — but they were missing one final touch.

diy do it yourself fourth of july decoration tin can project craft patriotic america

Light! You can fill each one with a tea candle, votive candle, or battery-operated candle. Just remember to always keep an eye on open flame.

diy do it yourself fourth of july decoration tin can project craft patriotic america

The soft glow and old-fashioned look are perfect for a summer's evening on the back porch, don't you think? These are so quick and easy to make, I can't wait to try this myself!

diy do it yourself fourth of july decoration tin can project craft patriotic america

Please SHARE if you love these easy, adorable, all-American lanterns!