Tin can lanterns are artful, useful, and simple to make. You can use them as decorations on your patio, backyard, or porch. They are even useful during summer barbecues, since you can add a mosquito repellant candle to keep those pesky insects away. It's also easy to gather the supplies to make this lantern. The next time you have a can of Chef Boyardee or even a large can of pineapple juice, you can make a lantern out of it once you’re done! It’s recycling, it’s cheap, and it’s a great craft to practice with your children.
To start, make sure you clean the empty can and pull the label off, removing all the glue. Use the marker to make a pattern of dots of varying sizes. Fill the can with water and freeze it until completely solid (approximately two days). The freezing ensures that the can won’t dent when you hammer in the nails.
If you plan on setting your lantern down on a table for decoration, especially outside, you may want to add sand to the bottom of the can to keep it grounded.
You can paint your lanterns for festivities. If it’s a holiday, you may want to paint the lantern the colors of the holiday or you can even paint characters representing the holiday.
You can get creative. Try hammering a pattern that creates an actual shape or figure when the light shines through it.