i have been reading this forum on and off for some time now but haven't posted much because i didn't have a digital camera.
but now i do so - yay! - i can share some random stuff i've done. i'm excited about it.
so anyway, first off - here is a lantern i made out of a soda can. i was going to make a bunch of them and hang them from the skylight over our dining table but my roommate nixed it (after initally approving of it! grrr!)...
basically what you do is, you fill the can (not all the way though) with water and freeze it. then you cut the sides of the can with an exacto knife or box cutter. to hang it, you have to leave the pop tab on and use that to attach some picture wire. to be able to put a tea light in there, you have to hollow out a little niche for it because the bottom of the soda can is convex on the inside. i just stuck a screwdriver through the top of the can and banged it out. it doesn't look too pretty but once the candle is in there, you don't see it anyway so it doesn't matter.