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A DIY For Your Holiday Lighting, Using An Essential Pantry Item

December  1, 2017

The words "hassle-free holiday trick" are music to our ears. We partnered with Delta® Faucet to announce their newest addition to the kitchen, ShieldSpray™ Technology. It makes holiday cleanup easy by keeping the splashing contained, so we're free to entertain more. And we're celebrating by sharing our favorite make-ahead sauces that'll add that something extra to all your holiday dinner parties.

We stock pantry items for many reasons—fewer trips to the market, easy weeknight dinners, reliable ingredients we always know are there. And when you're finished, say, with a can of tomatoes or beans or olives or whatnot, it's more than customary to toss them in the recycle bin once you are finished emptying them. But what if you saved a few and reused them in a slightly unusual way?

It's a two for one trick: Fewer cans going to wherever cans go when they're emptied and put on the curb, and you get an easy mood-lighting source without investing in something you'll only use once or twice a year.

Mood lighting via very clean ex-tomato sauce can? Check! (Thanks to a faucet that has a good amount of force, like the Delta Faucet with ShieldSpray™ technology.) Photo by Mark Weinberg

Here's how to do it: After you've emptied its contents, wash out your can, take off the label, fill it with water, and place it in the freezer overnight. The next day, grab your can and a friend and get to work. Get a hammer and nails and prick the can all over, making tiny constellation-like holes, so you'll get some sparkle at dinner.

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Just before the evening gets going, put the can-cum-votive down, add a lit tea light to it, and watch the table sparkle. We'll show you how to make your tomato can into a votive; just follow along in the video above.

We partnered with Delta® Faucet to celebrate their newest addition to the kitchen, ShieldSpray™ Technology. It allows hosts seamless cleanup (be gone, stubborn food specks) without making an even bigger mess (thanks to an innovative shield of water that surrounds the water jet). And all that means more time with guests—plus less time soaking, scrubbing, and shirt swapping.

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