An Easy Way To Make Cheap Candle Lanterns

Posted on: 17 April 2015

If you would like to add lighting to your backyard without spending a fortune, you could make your own candle lanterns to hang. This option is not only affordable, but it is also easy to do. Homemade candle lanterns can be made from things you probably have on hand, and they are easy enough for anyone to make. While there are many different ways to make your own candle lanterns, here is a great idea if you are new to crafts.

The materials you will need

Making your own candle lanterns is easy and cheap if you make them with old tin cans. These can be old vegetable or soup cans, or any type of tin cans you have around the house. The other materials you will need are:

  • A hammer and a nail
  • Wire and pliers
  • Spray paint

Once you have these items, you can begin making your candle lanterns.

How to make them

The first thing you should do is clean the cans. You will need to remove the labels and glue from them. The easiest way to do this is to let the cans soak in hot, soapy water for a few hours. When you do this, the labels will easily come right off.

Next, you will need to take the hammer and nail and begin hammering holes in the can to form a design. To do this, simply place the nail on the can and hit it with the hammer. You can make as many holes as you would like, and you can do this in a pattern, or you can simply make random holes in the can.

Once you are done with this step, make two holes in the top of the can– one on each side. These holes are used to attach the wire, which will be the handle. The wire should be around 10 inches long, and you can place it through both ends and lock it in place with a pair of pliers.

The final step will be painting the lanterns. You can use any color of paint you would like, and make sure you paint the inside and outside of each can. Once the cans dry, you can place small candles in them, hang them in your yard, and light them with a candle lighter.

If you don't have time to make your own candle lanterns, or if you think you would not be able to do this project, you could order some online. There are stores that sell cheap lanterns online, and you can pick from a wide variety of types, sizes, and styles.