Tin Can Lantern DIY

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.


  1. 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. 😉

    • SavedByLoveCreations says:

      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!

  2. What did you use for poking the holes?

  3. Thanks! :)

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

  5. What type of wire do u use?

  6. 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.

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

  7. Tayyaba hassan says:

    Beautiful and simply classic

  8. Mary Acott says:

    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!

  9. Charles Golden says:

    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.

  10. Any advice on getting the sticky glue off the cans?

    • SavedByLoveCreations says:

      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!

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

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

  13. 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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