Punched Heart Lantern

For a Valentines (or any time) Celebration, Rustic Style

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Punched tin is a country kind of craft, giving your garden, home or porch a bit of the primitive.  This year, celebrate Valentines Day (or any day) with a bit of rustic flare.

Punched Heart Lantern

I've used nails to do punched tins and make lanterns, sconces and other interesting decor, but honestly?  It hurts your hand.  So I went out on a limb and bought some proper punches. 

These are made from a really hard steel, so they won't bend and dull the way nails do.

Hearts are a primitive kind of shape, and lend themselves to much more than just a Valentines motif; they are perfect for a lantern that can be used all through the year.

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So, your tin can is cleaned and ready to go. 

Fill it with water and put it outside in the winter so it freezes, but you could put it into the freezer in your fridge if it doesn't get cold enough where you are.

Once it's frozen solid, set the can on its side cradled in between two pieces of wood to keep it stable, and start punching your design. 

It's easy to get off track, so use a Sharpie felt pen to dot where you'll punch with the metal punch.

Once it's done, throw it in the bonfire for a few minutes to thaw the ice, and give it an aged appearance.

Rinse off the soot, and your lantern is ready to use, with a tea candle or a small battery operated tea light.  Make several for a very rustic and beautiful centerpiece for your dining table, or lining the porch.

Supplies for Tin Punch Crafts

As with all rustic crafts, stay safe.  Some of the tools are not that easy to work with.  Wear gloves to protect your hands from sharp edges.

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