What you will need:
An empty metal can (my boys eat Olives like there is NO tomorrow so I have lots of those lying around, but ANY can will do and I think it would be super cute to do them in lots of odd sizes. I am totally doing tuna cans for halloween with just polka dot holes... wow this was a long aside)
A small nail
A large nail
A printed template or drawing of Halloween items (I found mine on Martha Stewart.com)
Play "It's the Great Pumpkin" Charlie Brown special to occupy cuties and get you in the spirit
Rinse out your can making sure to be careful not to cut yourself. (I love using the can openers that remove the top of the can at the glue so there are no sharp edges) Make sure the label is completely removed.
Fill the can with water just under the brim and place in freezer
Leave in the freezer until completely frozen through (the can will probably dent on the bottom but never fear you can beat it out later ha!) Once your can is frozen through tape your template to the can. I taped mine all the way around to make sure it stayed right in place.
Using your small nail and hammer
hammer little holes following the outline of your template all the way around.
Once done you can decided if you wold like to feed ribbon trough the top. If so using your large nail make holes evenly around the top. Take your can and hold it under warm water until the ice is melted. Dry your can being VERY careful not to cut yourself on the holes you now created (sharp sharp edges). If your can bulged at the bottom use your hammer to make it nice and flat again. If you made holes for a ribbon go a head and feed your ribbon through now.
That is it! Now all you need is a tea light candle. Pop it in and using a LONG match stick light your luminary up.
I swear it is so much cuter then my pathetic night photography shows. I placed them along the walk of our garden and was just dying.
I am so excited to use them on halloween. One word of warning, the metal heats up from the flame so blow it out and let the can sit for a minute or two (really it cools down that fast) before you take it inside or toss it in a garbage can! Have fun!