DIY Tin Can Garden Lantern

I made myself a set of garden solar lanterns over this weekend and thought I’d share my how to.

What you will need:

  • Clean tin cans
  • Masking tape
  • Stanley Knife
  • Garden Wire
  • Solar Lights
  • Glue
  • Paint

How to:

Make sure your tin cans are clean, nothing worse than cold baked bean juice all over your hands.

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Use the masking tape to measure your can round the top and mark equally all the way around with a pen, my cans were 24cm round so I marked every 2cm. Once your can is marked and taped, cut down the can using a stanley knife, please be very carefully when doing this part.

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Nest you want to bend our your cut sections, again, be very careful when doing this.

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The next step is optional, paint. I painted my cans as I wanted them to be blue. I just used emulsion as eventually I want them to look old, if you used metal paint however the colour would last a lot longer.

For the solar lights I bought a set of cheap stake lights and took the tops off. You then want to glue these to the bottom of the can.

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Once the lights are glued in you then want to add some wire so the lantern can be hung, I used garden wire.

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And that’s it, once it’s all dry you can hang them wherever you like!

Let me know if you make any of these.

See Ya!

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