Tin Can Luminarias

These easy-to-make tin lanterns are the perfect accent to scatter around a porch or patio for a charming, folk art touch.

Upcycle empty soup cans into shimmering outdoor lanterns with this easy DIY project.

What You Need

  • 26-ounce tin cans
  • Bottle opener
  • Work gloves
  • Hammer
  • Sharp nail
  • Terra cotta saucer
  • Votive candle


1. Remove labels, tops, and bottoms of 26-ounce tin cans. Use an old-fashioned beer can opener to make triangular holes around the perimeter of the top and bottom of each can. Wear work gloves and be careful with sharp edges.

2. With a hammer and sharp nail, carefully punch additional holes in a pattern on the surface of each can. Aim for a simple, stylized pattern. Work with a spare can or two for practice, if desired.

3. Place each can in a terra cotta saucer with a votive candle inside. For a taller, fancier base, hot glue a pair of saucers bottom to bottom.


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