Upcycled Maple Syrup Can Lanterns



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Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting

Earlier in the month I had the pleasure of scavenging the Route 11 Yard Crawl.  One of my last finds of the day was a set of 4 extremely rusty tin cans. Being that it was late the vendor made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Four for a dollar.  I had no idea what they had been used for in their previous lives, but now I had to have them.

Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting

Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting

Took those rusty cans outside and gave them a quick spray of an exterior spray paint.  While I love me some rust, even I thought they needed just a bit of color.  I had this maroon color already on hand.

Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting

I then took my handy palm sander and  gave the whole can a quick sand.  To my surprise  “maple syrup” appeared on two of the cans.  It really was not noticeable before with all the rust.  I thought they were paint thinner cans. Who knew?

Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting

Now with my handy dandy cutting tool, dremel, I cut a couple of slots in two sides of my tin: wide enough to get a pair of tin snips in.  I cut about an inch away from the edges and into the corners as pictured.  With gloves, I folded back the edges of the tin to give a nice rounded edge and a half inch border around the lantern.

Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting

To hold a candle , I picked up this set of 4 claret glasses at Walmart the other day.  At $1.25 a glass, it brought my total to $1.50 per lantern.

Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting

 

First tried hanging one of the lanterns on my bird feeder pole.  Not too bad, but I thought hanging them all together would make a bigger impact.

Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting

Here they are on my arbor. Can’t wait to eat dinner tonight under my new lanterns….  Oh wait, it’s supposed to rain.

Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting

 

Upcycled, Recycled, Repurposed Maple Syrup Can Lanterns/ Lighting

 

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