Make Eye-Catching Luminaries Out Of Tin Cans!

by Adeline

Luminaries or lanterns make good outdoor party lighting because it brightens up the place and set up a serene ambience when the sun goes down. Instead of hunting them down in shops, you can actually DIY it on your own by using tin cans and some paint. With a good hole puncher, you can even personalize the designs on your luminaries.

Here are the steps to upcycle your tin cans into beautiful luminaries.

What you need:

  • Tin cans
  • Acrylic craft Paint
  • Mod podge outdoor or any spray sealer
  • Crop-A-Dile Punchers in 1/16th or ¼ inch widths or hammer and nails
  • Silver wire
  • Flat nosed pliers
  • Wire cutters or scissors
  • Paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Cellophane tape


  1. Paint the cleaned and dried tin cans using acrylic paint.
  2. Once the paint is dry, coat the outer surface of the tin with Mod Podge Outdoor or a spray sealer for waterproofing.
  3. Let it dry.
  4. Punch holes using Crop-A-Dile punchers. If you don’t own any punchers, you can make holes by hammering a nail through the tin.

Crop-A-Dile punchers

To punch patterns:

  1. Draw your designs on a piece of paper (measured by the size of the tin can).
  2. Stick the design around the tin can.
  3. Punch the holes following your design.

If you don’t know what to draw, design templates can be downloaded here.

To make the handles for hanging:

  1. Measure and cut a length of wire to form the handles.
  2. Be creative with the shapes of the handles instead of the usual loop.
  3. Use a flat-nosed plier to wrap the wire around itself on the sides of the cans.


Tadaa! Your luminaries are ready to be used! Place a candle or battery-operated light inside the luminaries and watch them light up the venue. Now you get to place your self-made luminaries on the table or hang them up!

Ways to use:

Place on tables

Light dark patches in the garden

Hung up on branches

Light pathways to the venue

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