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Tin-Can Jack-o'-Lanterns

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2002


Create a new Halloween tradition by punching robotlike faces into cans. Add votive candles, and the heads come to life. Place in window, or stack as a centerpiece.


  1. Clean empty coffee or soup cans and remove labels.

  2. Fill can with water, and freeze.

  3. Steady frozen can on a bag of rice, and punch holes with an awl and hammer.

  4. Defrost and dry.

  5. Paint exterior with oil-based enamel; if holes get blocked, poke with a toothpick.

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