Lights, Duct Tape & A GIVEAWAY!

I recently made a light for my Rockaway Beach friend. It's one that I've made before and can actually provide instructions for. So without further ado, I present you with my tin can pendant light.

Materials:
1- 28 ounce printed tin can
1- pendant light kit (IKEA and Pier 1 Imports sell them)
1- light bulb

Tools:
Awl
A pair of tin shears
masking tape
Black marker

TIPS:
When opening the can, do so from the bottom. This will ensure that the printing on the outside of the can will be read upside down.



You can create a design by drawing on the can freehand with the black marker. But you can also print out a simple message onto a piece of letter size paper using a word processing application (like MS Word) via computer. These instructions below assume that you do the latter.

 


Instructions:
1. Tape your design onto the front of the can. Be sure it's secure and won't move or fall off.

2. Using your awl gently but firm poke holes into the can as if you were creating an embroidery pattern. Be sure to space the holes approximately 1/8-inch apart.

3.  Take the light kit. Unscrew the bottom piece from the light socket. Center the socket on the top part of the can. Trace the outline of the socket onto the can.

4. Using the tin shears cut out the outline of the light socket. Be sure to not make it bigger than the outline. You should have a round hole large enough to push the threading of the light socket through, but it should stop at the wider ridge above the threading.

5. Place the light socket inside the hole at the top of the can. Take the bottom piece and screw it in place from inside the can. This should secure the can to the light socket.

6. Screw in bulb.

7. Hang it up!

I've made a few different lights and you can see them in the picture gallery section of my website. It's not the most original work, but I like to make lights. My motivation is usually this: I see something I like and say to myself, "I can make that!" I think most of us crafters do that.


DUCT TAPE NEWS...DUCT TAPE NEWS...DUCT TAPE NEWS...DUCT TAPE NEWS...

Okay, now on to DUCT TAPE NEWS!

I am giving away a free copy of my book TAPE IT & MAKE IT. (Cue to the hootin' and hollerin'...)

But I'd like to know if anyone out there crafts with duct tape, too. Or maybe you have a kid that can't get enough of the sticky stuff. I WANT TO KNOW! So leave a comment and let me know. I'll announce the lucky recipient of my book on Monday, October 1.

LEAVE ME A COMMENT! GET A COPY OF MY BOOK--FOR FREE!

And keep crafting with duct tape because it's simply the best material around.