What you will need:
Step 1: Collect a range of various sized tin cans and carefully detach the lids. Be sure to clean the cans of any remaining food remnants and soak to remove the labels.
Tip: Apply some Goo Gone to the sticky stuff still on the can and it should come right off!
Step 2: Fill the cans with water and freeze.
Tip: I got a little too excited and started on my cans before completely frozen, so I recommend leaving them to freeze overnight to ensure they are fully frozen!
Step 3: Remove one can at a time from freezer and place on a towel. Using a marker draw out a dotted pattern of your choice. Be creative, anything from hearts, monograms, to table numbers will look beautiful!
Step 4: Using a hammer and nail punch out the pattern.
Tip: Begin nailing at the bottom of the can; as you get towards the top ice tends to start chipping away. Also, ice will start to melt around the edges so you may need to put the can you are working on back in the freezer for a bit and begin on another can.
Step 5: Once you have completed the patterns, place the frozen cans in the sink to thaw and wash off any visible marker.
Tip: Running hot water over your can will help speed up the melting process!
Step 6: Add a votive to cans and light!
Tin lanterns, or "pierced wear" were hugely popular during the Colonial era. Sometimes even referred to as "poor man's silver" due to the inexpensiveness of the material. So for a present day bride on a budget, history will attest that this is a fabulous bargain as well as a gorgeous table topper!
Source: Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics