I’ll say this at the outset: Yes, the tin will only cast light downward, as it is not transparent nor does it have a hole in the top. But look at how charming this is!
I love old cake tins like this but often struggle to find a use for them – I only have so many cakes on the go at one time. This is a great way to use it without having to damage it very much, so it could go back to cake duty some day. Learn how to make one at Lilliedale.