Are you looking for an inexpensive craft that will brighten up your holiday décor? Add some warmth to your Christmas season with this beautiful lantern candleholder.
What You Need
To create your lantern candle holder craft you will need a few items from around the house. There is no need to make a trip to the craft store for supplies. This craft helps to encourage recycling.
After enjoying a large pot of hot chili, keep your large V8 metal can. Any large metal can will do.
You will also need a metal coat hanger and a candle from around the house. The candle should have a flat, wide base. Tapered candles do not work as well for this craft.
Head out to the garage and grab a nice, sharp nail. You will also want to bring in a hammer and wire cutters.
Extra notions or decorations can be used to embellish your lantern, but choose these items wisely since they will be near a flame. Whether you decorate with paint, stickers, or bells is completely up to you. Check your craft box for supplies and ideas to inspire your creativity.
What to DO
Before you begin, gather all items together in your work area. Children are encouraged to help with this project, but adult supervision is essential. Make this a family project for all to create and enjoy.
Brainstorm about the design you want on your lantern. Do you want just one Christmas tree design? Maybe you would prefer to vary the design with candy canes or a simple present with a bow. Let your imagination and skill guide you. Simpler designs offer an elegant look to your Christmas lantern.
Your large, metal can should have one end removed. All paper wrappers should be removed and any adhesive discarded. Clean the can thoroughly and allow It time to dry. While the can is drying, pencil out your design on a sheet of paper about the size of your can. Tape the paper around the can and use this as a stencil for your design.
Holding the can carefully but firmly, use the nail to poke holes in the can. You must poke the holes from the outside of the can towards the inside of the container. Your design should resemble a dot-to-dot picture when completed. Remove the paper stencil and admire your work.
Now, poke two holes near the top of the can. One hole should be on the right and the other on the left opposite each other. These holes may need to be made slightly larger to hold the wire hanger handle.
To make the handle, measure the approximate length of handle you wish to create. Using the wire cutters, carefully cut the wire hanger to leave a piece of wire slightly larger than your preferred handle size. The extra length can be used to attach the handle.
To attach the handle to your Christmas lantern, slide one end of the wire from the outside of the can towards the inside. Bend the end of the wire until it is held securely in place. Next, insert the other end of the wire into the opposite hole from the outside towards the inside and secure.
Embellish your lantern however you wish. Festive stickers, pretty lace, or sparkly glitter would look wonderful on this craft. Add bows, bells, or whatever finishing touches you wish, but do keep in mind that the container will be holding a lit candle. Be cautious of flammable materials.
Allow time for any glue to dry and set. Trim any loose strings and check for sharp edges. It is time to place your candle inside your Christmas lantern. Placing the candle inside the can and light it. The glow from the flickering flame will light up the design in your lantern.
Your Christmas lantern craft makes a beautiful centerpiece or table decoration. Carry it with you when you go caroling this year. Let your Christmas lantern craft brighten your holiday season this year.