People have been making lanterns from tin cans for a very long time. Plain or painted, these punched tins will add a little extra glow to your back yard this summer. Imagine filling your yard with luminaries for an evening BBQ or an outdoor movie screening. So wow your guests this summer and start saving those tins!
All you need for this project is a washed tin can that has been filled with water and frozen solid, a few nails, punches and a hammer. Freezing the can with water will all the can to keep it’s shape while you punch all the holes. I chose a few different sizes of nails. Don’t forget to wear safety glasses… just in case!
Print out one of the patterns I have provided (links at end of post) for you or create your own. Tape it to the can, place the can on a thick towel and start hammering. You’ll be surprised at how easy the nail will go through!
*If you want to hang the tins, put two holes at the top of the tin on opposite sides so the tin can be tied with hanging wire.
When finished, run the tin under some hot water to remove the ice block from inside the can. Be careful as the inside will have sharp burrs sticking out.
Place tea lights inside. Battery operated tea light candles are an excellent choice especially if hanging in trees or using near dry plants or fabric.
Large apple juice cans are a great choice as they allow you lots of room to do big designs. Soup and bean cans work well for smaller designs. Find the patterns I used, and more, below!