Tin Can Lantern DIY

by Johnnie Collier

Repurpose Tin Cans

Impress your guests and Illuminate your backyard event with these adorable tin can lanterns from Grow Creative.  It doesn’t get much cheaper than free.

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1 Jennifer August 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

What kind of paint did you use to paint the cans? I would assume most are flammable. Thanks a ton. Super cute. I think I will do for Halloween. ;-)


2 SavedByLoveCreations August 13, 2012 at 9:28 am

This is a project I featured, meaning it isn’t mine. She doesn’t say what she used, but I would recommend Krylon indoor/outdoor. I have done tin can lanterns with that, no problem. I even spray painted my tea kettle a robin egg blue color. I have boiled water in it daily on a gas stove for over 2 years… it is flawless still!


3 missy August 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm

What did you use for poking the holes?


4 SavedByLoveCreations August 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I would use a hammer and small nail.


5 tanya September 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Make sure you put water in the tin can and freeze it to avoid dents on the can, then use the hammer and nail to make your design.


6 Rachel Brooke October 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

So you fill the entire can with water so that the inside is a complete cylinder of ice? Just wanting to clarify that I am understanding this right.


7 Gary October 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Fill it with sand and pack it down before using hammer and nails. Ice may break your cans.

8 missy August 28, 2012 at 4:57 am

Thanks! :)


9 Gisele September 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

A much faster way is using a drill with a small drill bit


10 Pam September 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

What type of wire do u use?


11 SavedByLoveCreations September 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I would use 18 gauge craft wire, or even wire coat hangers.


12 Kristie September 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Thanks for the idea! I’m going to start saving my larger cans. I’m using craft wire that I already have and buying some paint to use for my daughter’s birthday party…she’s having a dress up party for Halloween. And to be on the safe side…as no candles I’m going to use those glow sticks they have in the Dollar Tree.


13 Emilee October 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

Cans are in the freezer now, these are so adorable!!! I’m doing a few for steps and porch for trick-or-treaters. :)


14 Tayyaba hassan October 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Beautiful and simply classic


15 Mary Acott January 16, 2013 at 10:36 pm

I made these years ago after seeing in the “Good Things” column in Martha Stewart Living. She did say to freeze them, which I did, and it worked great, it does not break the can! Hers weren’t even painted, so neither were mine, and eventually they rusted a little (which would look okay in some rustic garden atmospheres). I want to make them again, but painted … love that idea, especially with the right paint!


16 Charles Golden February 13, 2013 at 3:48 pm

You can also print a pattern from your computer on a piece of paper that you can cut to the diameter of the can. Then place dots where the pattern neeeds to be “punched” with the nail and tape it around the can. Works for non-artistic types like me.


17 Abby April 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

Any advice on getting the sticky glue off the cans?


18 SavedByLoveCreations April 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Warm water and vinegar works well for me. I fill my sink with it and maybe a drop or 2 of dish soap. I hope that helps!


19 OneMommy May 21, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I’ve been saving cans for a different craft… and now I guess I’ll save some more! These are cute! PInning it!


20 Hurricane Candle Guy July 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I knew I have been saving my campbell soup cans for a reason! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!


21 Lucy169 December 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

I’d really like to make these and paint them pastel colours, what kind of paint should I use as I’m assuming the tins will get a little hot…
Many thanks
Lucy x


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