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How to make tin can garden lights


These funky lanterns are easy to make and won't break the bank. Made from metal food cans, protected from the elements with spray paint, they'll last for years to come brightening up any area of your garden. Spray lots of lanterns all the same colour for a simple look, or go for lots of bright colours to create the party mood.

How to do it


Slowly drill evenly-spaced holes through the side of the can, carefully controlling the drill speed. Make two holes opposite each other for the wire handle at the top of the can.


Working outside, spray the cans with car paint. When the cans are dry attach the handles from galvanised wire, bent around a can to create the shape. Push each end through the holes, bending to make them secure.

Our tip

Make sure the rims of the cans are smooth before you decorate them.

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Jennifer S 04/05/2012 at 15:14

I love this tin can garden light idea! I included in a post on my blog, you can find it here: