DIY Patio Light

Looking for a way to spread some more candle light around your patio or yard to balance the light and provide more ambiance? Here’s a lovely DIY solution to your problem – a DIY patio light you can make easily!

Here’s an article on How to do a DIY patio light from In My Own Style. Try this and enjoy your patio longer at night!

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I used a tuna can, wood screw, copper adapter, and an old paint stick. If you don’t have an old paint stick, you could use an old broom stick – just cut the broom part off, or even buy a dowel. The copper adapter was the most expensive part of this project – $3.00, but I like the way it looked. If you want to be really thrifty you could use a soda bottle cap on top of the stick. The adapter or cap adds a nice transition between the can and the stick and provides support.












Here’s the instruction:

Drill-hole-in-paint-stick_thumb1.Using my Craftsman rotary drill that my hubby got me a few years ago for my birthday, I drilled a hole in the top of the paint stick.



It should look like this: Paint-stick-hole_thumb







Create-hole-in-tuna-can_thumb2.Used an awl and hammer to make a hole in the center of the tuna can.







How-it-goes-together_thumb3. Assembly order:  The copper adapter fits over the paint stick perfectly. Take your stick to the plumbing section at the hardware store and try a few different sizes out for the perfect fit. Every stick will be a bit different.


Candle-Lantern-assembled_thumb4. Screw the screw into the stick.






Tuna-can-screwed-on_thumb5. The top will look like this.








Place it in the ground. The lantern is complete – just needs a coat of paint. Once I removed the hurricane and candle, I sprayed the whole thing right where you see it in the photo – EASY!


All Done!  If you have lots of wind – a hurricane such as the one I used will help keep the candles from burning out.

However, if you can’t find a hurricane when you are out thrifting – you can use a small vase. It looks nice, too.


You see, there are lots of variation to choose from. A drinking glass works well also. You may even have an old set of glasses to make a matching set of lanterns to place around your entire yard.


There you go – a lovely piece of DIY patio light you can enjoy all night long!

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