How to Light Up Your Yard With Stunning DIY Lanterns

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Hey there, fellow crafters!

Today, I am thrilled to share an exciting recycled tin can craft idea using empty tuna cans. We'll turn these humble containers into eye-catching outdoor lanterns that can be customized for each season. You can see more of my crazy creations here

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So, the next time you make tuna salad remember to save the cans for this cute outdoor lighting idea.

Wash the empty tins

1. Clean Empty Tuna Cans

Once you have your tuna can, simply clean it using soapy water to remove any food particles or residue.

Remove the label

2. Remove Label and Residue

Next, peel off the label from the can. Once washed, it should come off easily. If there is any sticky residue, you can use a small amount of Goo Gone to clean it up.

Recycled tin can craft ideas

3. Decorate the Upcycled Cans

Once the can is clean and pristine, it's time to unleash your creativity and decorate it.

There are endless possibilities for customization, such as spray paint or using versatile elements that can be changed with the seasons. Get imaginative with options like ribbon, duct tape, or any other materials that inspire you.

Wrap painters tape around the tuna tin

I used painter's tape. It was simple and easy to attach to the cans and it can be removed easily later when I decide to change the design for the next celebration.

Press the painter's tape down and smooth it out

Once I applied the tape, I gently pressed it to ensure a smooth and seamless finish. 

Embellish the can with stickers

Afterwards, I placed star stickers around the tin to enhance its decorative appeal.

Remove the brush of a broom so you are left with just the pole

4. Assemble the Lantern

Now it's time to take this tin can craft to the next level and transform it into a lantern.

For outdoor use, I bought a broom from the Dollar Store and separated the brush part, keeping only the pole section for the upcoming step.

Hammer the pole into the ground

I wanted to make sure the pole was securely in the ground so I used a rubber mallet to hammer it in.  

Add a dollop of hot glue

With the pole in place, I added a substantial amount of hot glue to the bottom of the can.  

Stick the can to the pole

Then I placed the can on top of the broom handle and held it in place until it was secure.

If you would like your creative lighting solution to be a little more durable, you could use silicone or E6000 to hold it in place.  

Seasonal outdoor decorations

Next, I slipped a glass candle holder into the tin.  

Add a tealight or LED candle

I used a real candle on the inside but you could use a battery-operated one if you are somewhere where you can’t have a flame.  

Place a vase inside the recycled tin can base

For my second one, I used a bud vase, placed it inside the tin, and I used a battery-operated candle in this one.  

Tin can craft - how to repurpose and empty tuna can

This particular area beneath our Cottonwood tree is the place my children enjoy hanging out. Introducing these homemade lanterns will not only add extra lighting to this space but also create a magical ambiance that they will truly appreciate.

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Sustainable DIY projects - Tuna tin turned homemade lantern

Tin Can Craft Tutorial

These recycled tin can lanterns offer a truly unique and eco-friendly approach to DIY outdoor decor. By repurposing empty tuna cans, you can craft one-of-a-kind DIY lanterns that will add a touch of charm to any space.

What sets these outdoor lights apart is their adaptability to different seasons and holidays. With a simple swap of decor, you can effortlessly transform them to match the festivities throughout the year.

Start crafting your own sustainable garden lights today and illuminate your outdoor oasis with style and charm. Get inspired, get crafty, and let the magic begin!

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