She Freezes Water in a Soda Can. Then She Hammers It. What She Makes is Shockingly Clever
She freezes water in a soda can. Then she hammers it. What she makes is shockingly clever! If you’re looking for fresh new ideas for holiday decorations, then you will definitely want to check out this video. Who ever would have thought aluminum soda cans could be used in this way? These Fanta can luminary sensations are for the Halloween season, but if you use your imagination, you can create pop can lanterns for any event throughout the year. You don’t even have to use Fanta soda cans, you can use any aluminum cans you have kicking around; just remember to drink the pop first!
How can you turn your empty soda cans into beautiful lanterns? Well, here are some ideas inspired by this video on the Fanta YouTube channel with Evette Rios. First, gather the elements you require for this project: soda cans (Fanta cans are orange - the perfect colour for Halloween, but you go ahead and choose whatever colours will work best for you), a can opener, stencils, a hammer, a nail, tape, votive candles, and water. Now you are ready to begin! You will need to remove the top of the can with a can opener. Be very careful and be sure to watch the video first, so you can see how Evette does it. Raw-cut aluminum is very sharp, and you do not want to cut your hands. If you remove the tops properly, however, there will be no danger of this happening. Once the pop can top has been removed, fill the can with water and place it in the freezer for a few hours or, even better, overnight!
Once the water is frozen, then take the can out of the freezer and get yourself a stencil. The stencil is basically a picture or pattern that you’ve hand-drawn onto a piece of white paper - for example, you could draw a Jack-o-lantern face, bat, or ghost - or a bird, flower, star, sun, or moon. Let your imagination wander as you create whatever you want. What you draw will depend on the occasion you are decorating for. Perhaps you’re even just making some patio lanterns to brighten up your backyard for the winter, spring, or summer time! Place your stencil over the can, as she instructs you in the video, and make sure you secure it with the tape so it does not slip off. Now, get your hammer and nail and carefully “punch out” the design on the can. Now do you understand why you froze the water first? The ice keeps the can firm so it can easily hold up to all the hammer-and-nailing action. Be sure not to poke too many holes in the can or else it will become flimsy. Use your best judgement – not too much, not too little, but just enough to define the pattern so the bright candle light will be able to shine through.
These are just the first steps towards creating your very own DIY soda can lanterns. You’ll need to watch the whole video for the complete instructions. Just think of all the ways you can use this do-it-yourself holiday decoration project to illuminate your world. Patio lanterns are a great idea, or you could set these lantern cans up the sides of your front stairs to light the way to your door for a party. For Valentine’s Day, you could punch heart shapes on red or pink-coloured cans and place a few on the dinner table for a sweet, romantic meal. For Easter, you could punch egg shapes, chicks, and bunny rabbits into them. Whatever the occasion, this is a fun home-made lantern DIY project for you and the kids to try, and an excellent way to recycle those empty pop cans!
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