home: made [ lanterns ] 

home: made [ lanterns ] 

It’s not just the larger items of furniture for the garden to think about as the warmer weather arrives but the little accessories too. 

For lighting in the garden it’s good to think about solar or battery powered options to avoid the need to get electricity outside although whilst renovating a house it’s always good to plan ahead and get outdoor sockets fitted.

For use with battery powered lights or candles we love these pretty home made tin can lantern lights. Fairly simple to make with tools including a hammer and nails or bradle or similar. 

We found this simple tuturial on Inhabitat.com that step by step guides you through the make. It also mentions a useful tip to freeze your tin cans before using to help avoid denting and for ease of punching the design out. 

Designs can be pattern-based, outlines of butterflies or birds or you could even do letters and spell out a name or phrase. These would be great at an outdoor wedding with the names of the bride and groom or simply ‘love’ or ‘happiness’. 

Punch design pattern templates to follow if you’re not confident with freehand can be drawn on first and you can also download and print patterns to follow. 

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