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Upcycling – a portmanteau word combining up and recycling - is all about transforming (seemingly) useless waste and materials into new items.

Using this “make something new out of something old” principle, you can not only mend, repair and throw less away, but you can also fashion new objects that are creative and original. It’s all the rage at the moment. So, here’s a great upcycling idea for you to try out. Have fun!

To turn a tin can into a lantern

you’ll need the following:
• an empty tin can
• a nail
• a hammer
• a tea towel
• a paintbrush
• paints
• a tea light
Optional: ribbon to hang up the light

Let’s get going!

First of all, wash the tin can in hot water and dry thoroughly. Fill it with cold water and put it in the freezer compartment. Once the water is frozen, take the tin out of the freezer and place it on a tea towel spread over a stable surface. Then using a hammer and the nail, make a pattern of holes in the tin (the ice will stop the tin from bending and losing its shape).
If afterwards, you’d like to hang up your light, you can make two extra small holes opposite each other in the upper rim of the tin.

Once you’re happy with the hole pattern you’ve made, get rid of the ice and carefully dry the tin. Now you can paint the tin, preferably both inside and outside as this will create a really lovely light in the dark. After the paint is completely dry, you can place a tea light inside the tin. If you want, thread both ends of a piece of ribbon through the two holes in the top rim and tie a knot very tightly on both sides to hold the ribbon firmly in place. And now you can hang up your light!

Nowadays, practically all foodstuffs come in packaging – paper, cardboard, plastic, glass or tin cans. So that these materials can be reused, we sort them and then place them in the correct recycling bin.

We’re recycling!
To get started, let’s take a closer look at all this packaging! It’s well worth doing this because a treasure trove can be found in amongst this packaging which can be used to make some fantastic things.

Regulus Junior-Club

Regulus Junior-Club caters for children aged 6 to 12 who are interested in nature and enjoy exploring nature in a group.

There are still some places left at the Kockelscheuer for the following activities:

Mir berengen Vullen
(8 to 12) on 27/02/2020
(8 to 12) on 10/03/2020
(6 to 12) on 24/03/2020

Register to take part:

Regulus Junior-Club /
natur&ëmwelt a.s.b.l.
5, route de Luxembourg
L-1899 Kockelscheuer
Tel. 29 04 04-1

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