Christmas Lanterns from Food Cans!

November 23, 2015

do you love to do recycled crafts and upcycling ‘rubbish’ and adore anything which involves getting your tools out and twinkly candle bulb! This is a craft for older children, adults or both together!


You Will Need

  • washed and dried ring pull tins

  • acrylic paint

  • an electric drill fitted with a small drill bit

  • glitter glue

  • ORBIK LED BULB see below our suggeste bulb













and last you need a holder for your bulb we have two option for you



Related article: Choose a light bulb with the right fitting



you can buy this on your local hardware 



  • Pencil your design outline onto your clean tin and drill holes. They work well as baubles on the ends of Christmas tree branches, the points of a star and the features and buttons of a snowman but your imagination is the only limit. then gently hammered a dent in before starting to drill so the drill bit didn’t slip but be careful not to hammer too hard and squash the tin. lay the tins on their sides on my workbench between the slats so they didn’t roll about.

  • Paint the tins with acrylic paint and allow to dry completely before adding a second coat. Used  lovely festive red and green here but you could adapt it to suit your Christmas colour theme…purple and silver maybe? you design it traditionally or modern style

  • Once the paint has dried completely lightly pencil on your design again if you need to and then go over it with glitter glue.

  • Allow to dry, pop in a night-light and hey presto, Christmas lanterns!




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