Did you have a tuna fish party and now have a whole pile of cans to recycle? Stay thy villainous hand! Thou shalt not heft those trusty vessels into the recycling bin! If you just made a record-size bowl of tuna fish salad for your favorite coworker's birthday lunch potluck at the office, you are in luck. You are in luck like you just won the lottery. OK, if you won the lottery you could just go to Crate&Barrel and buy whatever you want, and you wouldn't need to fashion survivalist crafts out of tin cans that smell a bit like cat food. I kind of like the smell of cat food. Am I gross?
Now! Let's have some fun with tuna cans. Because if I let a day go by without telling you how to make useful housewares out of garbage, the sky would probably fall into the ocean with a terrible thud. Eat your tuna, kiddos, because the cans it comes in are precious little gems that can literally light up your life, as you are about to see.
The Tuna Can Lantern: Didn't I just tell you that a tuna can could light up your life? It can when you make a lantern out of it! Tuna can lanterns look like fancy outdoor party lighting (I swear you could decorate a yard in Montauk or Provincetown with one, and nobody would be the wiser). A tuna can lantern is a glass hurricane lantern cover on top of a tuna can, which is mounted on a pole of some kind. When you paint the tuna can and the pole a nice sophisticated color, suddenly the tuna can stops looking like tin that cooked fish came in, and starts looking like something straight out of Pottery Barn. You can only imagine the romantic effect that a yard full of tuna can lanterns would produce, especially if they still smell a little like tuna and therefore start attracting cats. Picture your pathways illuminated by hurricane lanterns, the candles flickering in the evening breeze, as neighborhood cats loll languorously around your fence. Thank you to DIY Philadelphia remodeler and blogger Diane of In My Own Style for this idea.