How to create DIY Tin Can Lanterns

Do you love to hold parties at your patio? Extend the fun and the laughter even at night – place lanterns on your patio. For late night fun, this stylish tin can lanterns could add extra glitz to your patio.

Here’s a DIY tin can lantern tutorial from Grow Creative.


To start this project, gather all the needed materials first.


recycled tin cans
bailing wire
tea light candle or mini LED candle
spray paint : Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint in Blue Ocean Breeze and Green)


Step 1:  Remove labels and glue from the cans.

canStep 2:  Fill cans with water and stick them in the freezer. Leave them in until the ice is solid. This helps the can hold its shape for the next steps.




side+holeStep 3:  Take your frozen can out of the freezer. Using a hammer and nail, pound a hole near the top of the can. Flip the can over and make another hole straight across from the first hole. These will be used for the handle later on.



can designStep 4:  Make your design.  Use the hammer and nail to start punching out a design in your can. You can draw it out before hand or wing it. Either way, they turn out nicely.




can iceStep 5:  Once your design is all finished, let the ice melt out of the can and dry it out.





hammerStep 6:  Upon turning the can over, you’ll notice a big bulge in the bottom. This comes from freezing water in it. But, it can be fixed!  Just pound it down with a hammer so that it sits flat




make a hookStep 7: Time to make a handle. Cut a 30 cm strip of bailing wire and curve the end of it to form a hook. Stick the hook through one of the top side holes.




tie+hookStep 8:  Twist the hook around to secure it.  Make a hook on the other end of the wire. Stick it in the side hole on the other side and twist it around. There’s your handle!




can paintingStep 9: Time for some spray paint! Paint several coats on to cover the entire outside of the can and handle.





Step 10:  Once the paint is dry, insert tea light candles and light them up! You’re all ready to go! Your tin can lanterns are up and ready to use!

tin lanterns

Wouldn’t this look nice on your patio? This project is simple, quick and easy to make and could make your patio look awesome at night. It could light up your patio, allowing you to enjoy your patio even late at night!

For all your patio needs, contact CPR Outdoor Centre. We offer patio installation services and we would love to hear from you. Call us today and you’ll start to love being outdoors and doing more outdoor projects too.