Easy Summer DIY: Upcycled Tin Can Lanterns
Turn your trash into glittery treasure.
The season of late-night porch sitting and outdoor parties is finally here, and it's time to give those decks, patios and porches a summer refresh. But instead of dropping hundreds on new outdoor lighting, brighten up warm summer nights with sparkling luminaries you can make for a fraction of the cost. Watch the video below to learn how:
If you love to upcycle, or are just looking for a fun and easy summer project you can knock out in under an hour, add this one to your list. The final product is so gorgeous, your guests won't believe you made it yourself. I mean, seriously, how pretty are these?
A few old tin cans, a hammer and nail, and a little imagination are all you need to create romantic outdoor lighting you can enjoy all summer long. Group them on a side table, along a deck railing or add handles for hanging.
Get the Full Tutorial: How to Make Tin Can Luminaries
When a neighbor tore out a deck and left the pieces on the curb, RMSer Chicago Recycler had the materials for her porch redo. She built this table out of the 2x12s (top) and 4x4s (legs), using scrap 2x4s for the supporting structure, and she gave it an antique mahogany stain. She also built the benches at each end, using a nailhead finish to secure the cushion fabric. To dress up the blank wall, she built a faux fireplace out of the scrap wood.