I love this idea - and I have a big bite that could easily do this. Tin Can Lanterns for table centerpieces. Cheap, recycled, and easy enough to make. Throw a little heat-proof spray paint and ribbons on them to add a little color.
Upcycled Craft Ideas for Valentines Day. Learn how to make an adorable tin lantern from an upcycled tin can! These easy DIY lanterns are made from just two recycled craft supplies: a tin can and a wire coat hanger. Perfect for rustic wedding, Valentines Day or a romantic décor. The Art Of Up-Cycling: repurposed tin cans to lanterns.
DIY Tin Can Lanterns - one advantage over mason jar lanterns: can put holes in the bottom to let rain water drain out. Less light, though. A combo of the two, with some jars kept in the shed for parties, would be nice.