Don't flickering candles just go with Halloween? I love all kinds of Halloween lights and I have two types to share with you today.
I wanted to make these tin can luminaries - they've been on my mind for quite some time and finally this past weekend I tackled them. In my mind this was an easy project - the initial part was indeed easy, but then it got hard.
- Gather large cans and remove the label and clean the can, then use one to two coats of matte black spray paint. I prop the can on a piece of wood so I can spray and turn the can at the same time without creating fingerprints.
- Then you mark words with chalk (choose short words so you can see them fully on the can)
- Next, drill holes along the lines. This is where it got hard and I almost gave up. Tin cans don't accept holes easily, they are hard and round and the drill bit keeps slipping! Argggh. I stopped at one point because I was getting so frustrated and decided to go back to it later that day. This time I used a guide hole punch first for each hole, and then drilled the hole where the tiny guide hole was (make the holes in the indentations). I still had to use quite a bit of strength for each hole and the drill still slipped sometimes, but with my husband's help (he had to finish the last letter for me) we managed to finish - with my arm throbbing.
- Lastly I touched up the cans with another thin coat of spray paint to cover the scratches from the drill.
- Add votive candles and you're set!
If you don't want to bother with spray paint and drills, I have another, much easier option for you. The paper bag luminary:
- Buy orange or black treat bags at your craft store.
- Buy a Halloween themed hole punch.
- Punch along the top of each bag.
- Add a candle in a deep glass or add a battery candle for safety and - tataaaa - last minute Halloween decoration.