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    Tin can lanterns

    Having made Christmas cakes last week in tin cans, I thought I'd wash them and use them this week to make lanterns but looking online, there are quite a few methods: filling with water and freezing, painting, using nails or compasses .... has anyone done this successfully and how did they do it? My main concern is how the cubs can safely hammer nails into the can without it rocking around. All advice appreciated - thanks!
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    Not that easy to do ! Last week many of our explorers found making holes in cans difficult to start making hobo cookers.

    Making a small impression/dent in the can first in the correct place to stop the nail jumping about helps. Beware sharp edges I managed to cut a finger making my demo.

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    A piece of round wooden pole to go in the tin? Could be long enough to clamp the end to a workbench.

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    Freeze water in the cans - but this bows the bottom of the can and rather obviously melts if they are too slow.

    Wooden post in the can.

    Make paper templates with the pattern to be made and glue them onto the can so that they can see where they are to put the holes.

    Use SHARP nails.... Heavier hammer... and make a clean decisive strike - one tap should make the hole.
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    We did it by freezing water in the can (didn't encounter the problem with the bottom bowing). Then got the Cubs to use small hammers and a two inch nail, to punch relatively simple patterns, quite quickly.

    One way could be to have them make a template the previous week, using a maximum of, I don't know, maybe 25 holes, so they could get it done before it all gets too wet.

    Didn't have any problems with the cans rolling round while they tried to punch the holes.
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    Another option is to make fairy houses...

    Tall fruit juice cartons, like Tropicana - other brands are available - cut out windows and doors, paint the outsides grey and when you put a glow stick or an led candle in them they look like little houses (in the dark of course).

    Floating Candles - toilet roll tubes, drip hot glue from the top to run down the tube like melted wax. Fix an LED tealight inside and string them up with fishing line.

    All simple things to do.
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    Thanks everyone, looks like I've got to find room in my freezer for 15 tin cans!

    I also like the sound of the fairy houses, will definitely make them next year.

    Thank you for your help!!
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    Part of the trick is the right nails. Id go for roofing nails - nice sharp point, and a big head so unlikely to hit fingers.

    To stop the nails slipping, you could wrap the can in masking tape. Also means you can draw the pattern on the tape once wrapped

    If you can get some fence stakes a similar diameter to the cans, then that might work well instead of ice
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    Quote Originally Posted by MollyBloom View Post
    Thanks everyone, looks like I've got to find room in my freezer for 15 tin cans!

    I also like the sound of the fairy houses, will definitely make them next year.

    Thank you for your help!!


    If you are looking at doing something different with light - take a look at this FB Group.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/974837012650515/
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