Nancy at Craft Your Happiness
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Chinese Lanterns From Soda Cans


Cut upcycle soda can lanterns using LED lights! ***CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICS, A VIDEO & MORE DETAILS***
NOTE ABOUT SHARP EDGES: These typical soda cans are now made from VERY thin soft aluminum. It would be incredibly hard to get cut on it. Our hands were in and out of the sliced cans and we didn't get even a scratch.
chinese lanterns from soda cans, crafts, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Soda cans (with tab still attached )
Spray paint
Tea Lights, Timer/Battery Operated
Utility knife
Raffia etc. for hanging
chinese lanterns from soda cans, crafts, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
You can measure around the can and make tiny marks where you will cut. You can also just eyeball it and cut, which is what I did. Make sure to keep the tab on!
chinese lanterns from soda cans, crafts, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Fill the can with water to about 1/2″ from the top and freeze. If you fill it too full it can split the can. Because the can's are so thin you need the frozen water so that you can easily cut the slits in them.
chinese lanterns from soda cans, crafts, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Make cuts with a knife about 1/2″ apart and about 1″ or so from the top and bottom.
chinese lanterns from soda cans, crafts, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Spray paint your can. You're now ready to shape it!
chinese lanterns from soda cans, crafts, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Carefully push down, making sure the cuts go outward.
chinese lanterns from soda cans, crafts, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Slide in a tea light if you're using one.
chinese lanterns from soda cans, crafts, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
***THERE IS A VIDEO OF HOW TO MAKE THE CAN ON OUR POST LINK BELOW***
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  • Maureen
    on Sep 15, 2016

    Do you cut your fingers spreading the strips to insert the candle?

  • Adelheid Olivier
    on Sep 15, 2016

    The candle won't stand upright because the bottom of the soda can is curved.

    • Michael
      on Oct 19, 2017

      you can flatten out the bottom of the can by putting a screwdriver thru the drinking hole and tapping it down. Not too hard so you don't punch through.

  • Jill Bierenbaum
    on Mar 28, 2017

    can you string them and hang them? How hard ids it to take the tealight in and out?

    • Yep you can string them. It is a bit tricky getting the lights in and out I have to admit. You have to bend a couple of the bars and shake them out.

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