These vintage inspired punched “tin” ornaments are so easy to make. I’ve been meaning to post this project for ages. I love history and learning about how people lived. Isn’t it inspiring how resourceful and creative people can be. The early Americans were no exception, because glass was so expensive and not very durable, tin was used to make lanterns. Because tin wasn’t transparent like glass, holes were punched in the sides to allow the candle to shine through producing a beautiful display of spotted light. Often times elaborate patterns were made. These lanterns were my inspiration for this project. Although not necessarily tin, these metal tops make perfect sized ornaments. Furthermore, the edges are already smooth.
I hope you spend some quality time with the kids making attractive Christmas tree ornaments using salvaged materials.
These ornaments and many more were done free hand. My girls sure liked making them.
You will need a small hammer, a selection of nails, and a board or other hard surface to work on.
You will also need “tin” tops and ribbon or thread.
1. Collect the tops and bottoms of cylindrical packaging from chips, crescent rolls, biscuits, dinner rolls, etc…
2. Get a pattern or draw your own on paper (or use no pattern at all). When I make some patterns, I’ll post them here.
3. Hold or tape in place the pattern you are using. The pattern should be centered on your “tin” top.
4. Use a hammer and nail to make holes. Make sure you have a board (or an old cutting board) underneath so as not to ruin your table. Use a workbench if you have one.
5. Add an extra hole in the top for stringing a ribbon or cord through to hang on tree.