Decorate your space with Tin Can Lanterns

21st May 2021

Decorate your space with tin can lanterns, which can be a stunning way to light up your outdoor space this summer. This is a cheap and easy alternative to buying new items to decorate your home and this repurposing project can be easily made with items found at home. Follow few simple steps to make your own tin can lanterns.

You will need:

  • Tin Cans
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Tape

Tin Can Lanterns

Follow these simple steps

  • Make sure you have thoroughly cleaned your cans from its contents as well as the label. Fill the cans with water and leave them in the freezer overnight (this will help when piercing the cans)
  • Next you need to decide what picture you want to be illuminated. For this project we have decided to go with butterflies. You will need to draw the outline of the shape on a paper which is big enough to be wrapped around the can.
  • With your marker, make a bold outline where your holes need to be pierced.
  • Grab a frozen can from your freezer and wrap the paper template around your can and fix it in place with some tape. Don’t worry if your can has slightly deformed in the freezing process.
  • Now it’s time to bring out the hammer and nail. Use a towel to hold the can, take your nail and tap it a few times around the outline of your desired shape. The ice will give your nail some resistance, so it doesn’t bend the aluminium.
  • As you pierce your pattern around the can, the paper may start to rip cause of the condensation so be careful to stick to your outline.
  • Once ready from your pattern, you have to let the ice melt. It is up to you if you want to paint the can or leave it with the metal finish!


Source: DIY Tutorial: Tin Can Lanterns, 2012, https://www.boho-weddings.com/42939/diy-tutorial-tin-can-lanterns/ [Accessed 18 May 2021].

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