After I posted about my Jack-O-Lanterns from a Jar last year, Debbie left a comment explaining how she used to make Luminaries for Halloween and of course I had to try it!
The process is fairly simple...you empty and clean how ever many cans you want. Draw a Jack-O-Lantern face on them and use a nail and hammer to punch holes along your lines. When you light a tea candle inside, you get something like this:
Adorable right? All it takes is a little patience and stuff you probably have on hand such as empty cans, a hammer and a nail.
Remove the label from the cans and draw your jack-o-lantern type faces on them. Then fill with water and freeze (this will prevent the cans from bending while you hammer them).
Once the cans are frozen, hammer a nail along your marking to make little holes for the light to glow through, kind of like dot-to-dots.
Debbie also suggested making two holes on either side of the top of the can and stringing wire through them so you can hang them up...if I had a tree to my name I would be all over this! Paint them or cover them with Mod Podged fabric and they look adorable day and night!
Happy punching! If you make these, please link to your luminaries in a comment so we can all see how cute they turn out! I’m republishing this post from last year because I learned how to do it right and took new pictures.