Tin Can Lantern

Convert a tin can into a beautiful lantern. It is easy!

by Craftbits (shellie wilson)

What you need

Tin cans (soup cans or other)
Universal oil-based primer
Oil-based enamel paint
Pin hammer
Galvanized wire (4-6 in.)


Clean can by soaking in hot, soapy water. Making sure to remove all of the label and glue.

(optional painting)

Apply a coat of primer and let it dry.

Apply a coat of paint and let it dry.

Fill the can with water and place in a freezer until solid. (this will ensure you don’t dent the tin).

Use a hammer and nail to punch out holes, creating a freehand design around the can.

For a handle, punch out two holes on either side of can.

Using a pair of pliers, bend wire through holes and secure.

Place a candle inside and hang in a safe place.

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