Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Tin can debate

So I am still working on edits to my new craft book (What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?), this week I am debating which kind of tin can makes the best tin can lantern. The book is meant to be used by kids, but with adult assistance at times for things like punching holes in tin cans with a hammer and nail. Even though this part of the activity will be done by grown-ups, I still want it to be as easy and painless as possible. So I am testing out different kinds of cans to see which ones are the easiest to punch holes in. These were my contenders (yes I actually bought SpaghettiO's, and yes my boyfriend was totally psyched and took them for lunch today)...



Any guesses as to which one was the thinnest, and thus easiest to nail through?

8 comments:

gloria estefan said...

Anna, I didn't know that book is a craft book. Very exciting!

meghan

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. These days, many cans that hold fruit have pull tab lids. Wonder if that would be easier for kids?

dP

Anna Alter said...

Yes those pull tab ones are great for making holes!

Grace Lin said...

i bet the spaghettios was the thinnest tin. That stuff is so preservered it doesn't need much to keep it that way...

Libby said...

I also guess Spaghettios (which by the way I am surprised Bruno likes).

The lantern looks really pretty: How did you make the handle?

I love this book! I am going to make these lanterns myself.

linda said...

I would guess the organic beans. I don't know why. I love that lantern!!!

alvina said...

I guess Goya, just to be different. And also, I have a feeling the Spaghettios can is actually pretty thick, because it's smaller. Don't know why I think that.

Love the lantern!

Rita said...

Man, I love that you had to do this as research!