Tuna Can Lanterns

6 Materials
$20
30 Minutes
Easy

Make some changeable lights with something you can grab during your next trip to the grocery store. You can see more of my crazy creations here

For this project, you're going to need a tuna can… or two.  

Once you have your tuna can, go ahead and use some soapy water to clean up the can. Make sure all of the food particles are removed.  

Next, remove the label. After it's been washed it should come off pretty easily. You simply peel it off and you can clean up any of the sticky stuff with a little Goo Gone. 

After the can is nice and clean, it’s time to decorate it. You can do a lot of different things like spray paint it. One of my favorite things to do is use something that I can interchange depending upon the seasons. You could use ribbon, duct tape, or anything else you’d like.  

For my can, I used painter's tape. It was simple and easy to attach to the can and it can be easily removed later to change them up.  

Once I had the tape on, I pressed it to get it nice and smooth.  

Next, I added some star stickers around the tin.  

To use my can outside, I took a brook from the Dollar Store and removed the broom part. I just need the pole part for the next step. 

 

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

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

Then I placed the can on top of the broom handle. If you would like it to be a little more durable, you could use silicone or E 6000 to hold it in place.  

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

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.  

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

This area is right underneath our Cottonwood tree and my kids love to sit out here so this will provide some extra lighting in this space for them.  

In addition to this, it'll be used all season long and I can adjust the tuna cans for the fall, winter, or any holiday.


I hope this inspires you to create some lighting out of tuna cans for your yard as well. 


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