It can be hard to see in the dark--but little by little, the light is coming back. In the mean time, you can make a light, and be a light with basic tools and recycled materials. Here’s what you'll need:
- Tin cans (Any size can works; large like the ones you see at Costco, or small like tuna cans. Just make sure they are clean, dry, and have no sharp edges.)
- Candle stubs or votive candles
- Sand or fresh kitty litter
- An awl or thick sharp nail
What design would you like the candlelight to make? A pentagram? A crescent moon? Whatever picture or symbol you choose, keep it simple! The design must be reduced to a bunch of dots. After deciding on your design, draw it on the can with a black medium point marker.
Place the awl or nail on one of the dots. Tap the hammer slowly and carefully to puncture the side of the can. You don’t want to bend the can, so you may have to insert a block of wood, but a stiff piece of Styrofoam will help the can keep its shape.
Once your can in punctured in your design, pour at least one inch of sand, small gravel or litter into it.
Center your candle (NEVER leave a burning candle unattended!) and share your light!
by Charlotte Bennardo