DIY Tin Can Lanterns

by Kristin
3 Materials
30 Minutes

DIY tin can lanterns are easy to create and leave gorgeous light patterns for outside areas. Perfect for a summer backyard bbq, Halloween night to light the pathway or Christmas time to add to your twinkle lights.

Clean your cans and take the label off, let them dry.

Draw your pattern on the cans using a sharpie.

Get a bit with the sharpest edge, I carefully drilled over each dot, creating a hole. Make sure you wear your safety goggles.

You can leave the can as is or paint them. I gave each a coat of paint using a foam brush.

Head to the blog for more tips and inspiration

Suggested materials:
  • Tin Cans
  • Drill
  • Paint
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  • Thea Thea on Apr 17, 2017
    I froze water in the cans and used a hammer and different sized nails to punch in a pattern. Works like a hotdamn!

  • Mcgurnb Mcgurnb on Oct 25, 2021

    Oh yes I am 👍