Tin Can Solar Lantern Tutorial

by Kirstin
I love the rustic charm of tin can lanterns. Budget-friendly and super simple to make, their warm light brings a relaxing ambiance to any outdoor party. While flickering candlelight is perfect for a special occasion, I really wanted tin can lanterns that glow all summer long. I quickly decided that making them solar powered was the way to go. I've written a tutorial for anyone interested in making their own solar tin can lanterns.
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Step 1. Wash can and mark design.
Step 2. Drill holes with power drill.
Step 3. Disassemble solar path light.
Step 4. Drill hole for the LED bulb in bottom of can.
Step 5. Make a handle out of steel wire.
Step 6. Affix solar light to the can with epoxy adhesive.
Step 7. Apply silicone caulk around the solar light.
Step 8. Charge it up in the sun.....
....and wait for nightfall.
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Sandra Hinckley Sandra Hinckley on Feb 09, 2019

    What size can fits light?

  • Norma Norma on Feb 09, 2019

    what did you use on top of the can. I might have missed what it was but I do like the idea and would like to make some. Thanks.


  • Felicia Corage Felicia Corage on Apr 19, 2019

    How do you change the battery? All solar lights have a rechargeable battery inside and they come with the cheapest battery possible. Just a suggestion but if you switch out the cheap battery for a more expensive longer lasting one, it will last longer!

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