Summer Lantern Tutorial

I love summer and I love that I finally have a backyard to have parties in!  I made these tin can lanterns for a 4th of July party and they looked so lovely that I thought I would write a tutorial to share with you all.
So follow the tutorial below to get started making your own lanterns for your own outdoor summer party!
How to make Tin Can Lanterns from soup cans (Grow Creative)

recycled tin cans
bailing wire
spray paint ( I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint)
tea light candle

Step 1:  Remove labels and glue from the cans.  I’ve found WD-40 to be very helpful with removing the glue.

Step 2:  Fill cans with water and stick them in the freezer.  Leave them in until the ice is solid.  This helps the can hold its shape for the next steps.

freeze water in tin can

Step 3:  Take your frozen can out of the freezer. Using a hammer and nail, pound a hole near the top of the can.  Flip the can over and make another hole straight across from the first hole.  These will be used for the handle later on.

How to make Tin Can Lanterns from soup cans (Grow Creative)
Step 4:  Make your design.  Use the hammer and nail to start punching out a design in your can.  You can draw it our before hand or wing it.  Either way, they turn out nicely.
punching holes in a tin can
Step 5:  Once your design is all finished, let the ice melt out of the can and dry it out.
Tin Can Lanterns

Step 6:  Upon turning the can over, you’ll notice a big bulge in the bottom.  This comes from freezing water in it.  But, it can be fixed!  Just pound it down with a hammer so that it sits flat.

Step 7:  Time to make a handle.  Cut a 12 inch strip of bailing wire and curve the end of it to form a hook.  Stick the hook through one of the top side holes.

Step 8:  Twist the hook around to secure it.  Make a hook on the other end of the wire.  Stick it in the side hole on the other side and twist it around.  There’s your handle!

Tin Can Lanterns
Step 9: Time for some spray paint!  Paint several coats on to cover the entire outside of the can and handle.
How to make Tin Can Lanterns from soup cans (Grow Creative)
How to make Tin Can Lanterns from soup cans (Grow Creative)

Step 10:  Once the paint is dry, insert tea light candles and light them up! You’re all ready to go!

How to make Tin Can Lanterns from soup cans (Grow Creative)


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Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist, published jewelry designer and Bead maker. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and the ever popular Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives. HUGE De-stash Sale going on now. ALL proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
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One Response to Summer Lantern Tutorial

  1. Kokopelli says:

    Lovely tutorial! But be careful and choose tins big enough. I had one going up in flames last year. Not sure if it was the paint or spilled wax. It can easily be put out by pouring water inside. But they look great.

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