Help your kids make a tin can lantern with these easy step by step instructions. Once it’s complete use it as an outdoor decoration.
|Tin Can Lanterns (Photo credit: Elin B)|
Instead of going out to buy decorations for your patio table, let your kids make them! Help your kids make a tin can lantern. It’s fairly easy and your kid will be so proud of themselves. You could put a citronella candle in it to keep mosquito bugs away.
Tin Can Lantern
Tin cans (soup cans or other)
Universal oil-based primer
Oil-based enamel paint
Nail Galvanized wire (4-6 in.)
Clean can by soaking in hot, soapy water. Making sure to remove all of the label and glue.
Apply a coat of primer and let it dry. Apply a coat of paint and let it dry.
Fill the can with water and place in a freezer until solid. (this will ensure you don’t dent the tin.)
Use a hammer and nail to punch out holes, creating a freehand design around the can. For a handle, punch out two holes on either side of can. Using a pair of pliers, bend wire through holes and secure. Place a candle inside and hang in a safe place.