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.
Soda cans (with tab still attached )
Spray paint
Tea Lights, Timer/Battery Operated
Utility knife
Raffia etc. for hanging
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!
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.
Make cuts with a knife about 1/2″ apart and about 1″ or so from the top and bottom.
Spray paint your can. You're now ready to shape it!
Carefully push down, making sure the cuts go outward.
Slide in a tea light if you're using one.

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  • Royce and Annette
    on Jan 27, 2019

    YES IT IS A WONDERFUL IDEA, THANK YOU VERY MUCH  Annette and Royce Gorseth in Spokane, WA

  • Made Rodcas
    on Mar 16, 2020

    I really love this my Uncle does this here in Puerto Rico for many years and he even makes lanterns out of them for candle holders...

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