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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!

3 Responses

  1. Lili@HGTV says:

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

  2. Anna@HGTV says:

    I wonder if I could do this with vintage tin cans. I have some old ones from before the day of paper wrappers. When the art was painted on.

  3. 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.

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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