By Thirteen for Halloween on Oct 10, 2008 | In Art & Craft Projects
I first heard of this technique through Martha Stewart, but am sure it pre-dates her. Tin punching has been around for centuries. Here is my first Jackolantern made with a can:
How to make your own:
- Fill a large clean can with water and freeze it. I used a jumbo sized soup can, but want to try out one of those huge #10 cans soon.
- When frozen through (wow, that’s cold) : Punch your design with regular Nail and Hammer. I prefer to wing it, but you can draw a design on the can beforehand if you desire. Stencils could also be used. Don’t worry about marking the can, we’re going to paint it anyway.
- Let the ice melt and dry your can.
- I used white spray paint on the inside of the can to increase the brightness of the design.
- I painted the outside with black spray paint because I just want the design to show up in the dark, but you could paint it orange or other colors.
- Put a candle or flickering electric tea light in the can.
Here’s what it looks like in the light:
The awesome thing about this is that you can use it with your outdoor decorations year after year, unlike a molding rotten real pumpkin jackolantern. Have fun!
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