Tin Can Lanterns

These tin can lanterns are so cute and are great to either just arrange around the house or you could hang them outside to decorate your garden. They are also great for this time of year with Halloween coming up. You could do a ‘spooky’ design onto your can instead of making a mess with pumpkins. So this is how you make them.

1. You need to start off with your tin can and make sure that it’s totally clean and you have all the sticky stuff off. I found this a total pain to do, but stick with it.

2. Once you have a clean can you need to start to draw your design onto your can with the dry wipe maker. An alternative is to draw your design onto paper and fasten onto your can with some tape.

3. Once you have your design on your can you are ready to start making some holes. Stuffing your can with old cloths or tea towels helps with it keeping its shape. Get your nail or pointy thing and hammer and carefully start making holes. You might even be able to just push your point through the can without hammering depending on the thickness of your can. I started off mine by hammering but in the end i found it easier to just push it threw. Make as many holes as you want to get your desired look. Bear in mind that the thickness of your nail will be the size of the hole so you could use different thicknesses for different results. Make sure you make two holes opposite at the top of the can if you’re planning on hanging it later.

4. Once your tin can has the amount of holes you want you could now paint it and let it dry. Then it would be a good time to either loop some wire or string through those holes you made at the top or leave your lantern with no handle.

5. Pop a tea light into your tin can and voila you have a tin can lantern!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. redrocker
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 00:19:04

    That’s actually pretty kewl. Good instructions too.

    Reply

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