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punched tin lanterns

Photo: Scott Phillips

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I was invited to  a backyard barbecue at a friend’s house where I was surprised to find inspiration for a blog post. Our host has turned his formerly dull backyard into a mini urban oasis brimming with edible plants and lit by lanterns he made himself.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera with me to photograph his handiwork, but I found something similar (including a tutorial to make your own). You can set them on tables, hang them from trees or under umbrellas. These lanterns cast such a lovely glow in the evening and the candles themselves are protected from the wind by the tall sides.  Plus, if you have a mosquito prone yard, they’d make a beautiful holder for citronella.

If glass is more your speed, we’ve got ideas for that too!

2 Responses

  1. Lili@HGTV says:

    Absolutely! If you do, we're going to need pictures :)

  2. Jean Mahan. Alaska says:

    Love the punched cans. Another-Last year I bought the big cans of pop corn at christmas and punched along the designs. Used a hole drill bit and cut a hole low in the side of the can, bought light sockets with electric cords, put in place and added a low whattage bulb. Looked great and great gifts.

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Lili ZarghamiLili is Editorial Director of HGTV.com. Her personal obsessions include looking for just the right sofa, ogling real estate listings, and reading floor-plans. She has an admitted "chair problem," collecting...

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