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Tin Can Lantern DIY

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I’ve been wanting to make one of these tin can lanterns for a while now, but I was always slightly intimidated by the project because it seemed a little bit difficult. I was wrong  – this DIY is way easier than I thought it would be and the tin can lanterns are a beautiful way to light up your room or add something special to an outdoor space or summer party.

tin can lantern

What you need: a tin can (I used a coffee can, but you could make smaller versions using soup cans too), a screwdriver and hammer.

tin can lantern

Fill the empty can with water and freeze it. You definitely want the water to be completely frozen so I recommend leaving it overnight. The reason for this is so that when you hammer the holes into the can, it doesn’t get dented and lose its shape – having the solid ice also makes it easier to make the holes.

tin can lantern

tin can lantern

Secure the can – I just placed it between my feet and it worked perfectly – and hammer the screwdriver into the can where you want the holes to be. You can make holes randomly or follow a pattern, whatever you want!

tin can lantern

When you’re finished making the holes, place the can in a sink or tub where it can thaw and empty out the ice/water.

tin can lantern

I love the idea of doing this with a bunch of cool looking vintage tins. But if you don’t like the exterior of your can, you can paint it a solid color – I decided to paint mine green.

tin can lantern

The lantern is now ready to use! Place a candle inside and put it in a dark place to create magic :)

tin can lantern

tin can lantern

tin can lantern

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Comments

Lydiah -July 18, 2012, 10:47AM

Creative Genious

Mallissa -August 25, 2012, 1:24PM

i had so much fun making this!

here’s mine: http://partofmyheartisart.tumblr.com/post/30180024751/home-made

Sara -November 1, 2012, 7:11AM

You could put battery candles in them to use as nightlights, thinking of doing this

melyssa -February 18, 2013, 9:38AM

Thank you for this idea! I included it in a recent roundup of DIY projects on my blog, The Nectar Collective. Too cute and makes me feel summer vibes for some happy reason. :)
http://thenectarcollective.com/2013/02/diy-roundup-vol-2/

Maisie -June 24, 2013, 10:29AM

Another great little idea for garden parties or even for your bedroom! A great way to recycle your tin cans!

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