How to Make a Tin Lantern | DIY Lantern

by Friday, March 28, 2014

How to Make a Tin Lantern | DIY Lantern

These tin lanterns are not only extremely easy and kid friendly, but you can make them under $5. Better yet, you can make them with items from around the house! Lanterns work great as garden decor, centerpieces and gifts! Take a look at this quick tutorial to see how you can add a little light to your life:

Step 1:

How to Make a Tin Lantern | DIY Lantern

Gather your supplies! These tin lanterns can easily be made with items around the house, although it isn’t all that expensive either:

  • Hammer
  • Towel
  • Marker
  • Nail or screw
  • Tin can or tin bucket
  • Candle or LED light
  • Water

Many folks reuse their soup cans for this project, but we decided to use some inexpensive tin buckets from the dollar section at Target! Whichever you decide, fill with water and freeze. Freezing is essential! The ice helps  tremendously when trying to poke your holes later.

Step 2:

How to Make a Tin Lantern | DIY Lantern

 

After the water has frozen, lay the tin on a towel and wipe clean. The tin may create a thin layer of frost on the outside, which you want to dry as much as possible.

Step 3:

How to Make a Tin Lantern | DIY Lantern

Using a marker, draw your design on the tin. We just did polka dots, but make sure you outline your design with dots, like a dotted line. I would avoid a permanent marker, in case you make a mistake – a dry erase marker works great!

Step 4:

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Grab your nail and line up with dots. With the tin laying on its side, hammer nail into tin. I found that 3 good taps made a small hole, and 5 good taps made a larger hole – depending on what look you’re going for. We did a mix of both!

 

How to Make a Tin Lantern | DIY Lantern

Step 5:

How to Make a Tin Lantern | DIY Lantern

Wipe clean again to erase any remaining marker residue.

How to Make a Tin Lantern | DIY Lantern

Repeat steps 3 thru 5 with other side of the tin!

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You’ll probably have some ice chipping off and flying around throughout the process, but I promise it is well worth it!

Step 6:

How to Make a Tin Lantern | DIY Lantern

Place a candle or LED light in the base of the tin and light it up!

 

 

How to Make a Tin Lantern | DIY Lantern

Voila! You now have a super cool, inexpensive – if not free – DIY lantern!

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2 years 5 months ago

1) No frost problem, if you draw your design before you put the water in and freeze it.
2) a tree limb, large dowel, 2×4 trimmed to fit, etc. will work in place of the ice. After all if you need to make one, you may not be able to freeze water.
3) I would not use a drywall screw (black oxide) as they are brittle and when they break have very sharp edges that can lacerate your fingers. Deck screws (gold) are better but, a genuine 16 penny nail or larger is best.

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