How to Make Tin Lanterns
Tin Lanterns are summertime crafts that even you teens can enjoy crafting.  Plus it is not very heavy which is great for Full time RVers!

Step 1: Gather Materials 
Empty Tin Cans
Nail (or punch)
Tea Light Candles

Step 2: Prepare Cans
Remove food label and clean.  Fill with water and freeze overnight.  The ice will help the tin from denting when hammering. Dry the outside of the can.

Step 3: Draw Design
Cut paper to the size of the can.  Draw a design.  Tape to the can.

Step 4: Punch out Design
Using a nail or punch and a hammer, tap out the design.  Remove paper when complete.


Step 5: Thaw Ice
Run the can under water until the ice thaws enough to slip out.  Dry with a towel. 

Step 6: Add Tea Lights & Enjoy

What kind of summer crafts do you like to do with your teens and children?  If you make your own Tin Lantern share a photo on Instagram and tag out Live Today Like It Matters Instagram account.  


  1. Well these are just so cute! I seriously never would have thought of the ice idea - genius!
  2. I love this idea Sarah! They look so beautiful, especially when the light shines through!! :-)
  3. These are so fun and creative! Thanks for sharing!
  4. Such a cute idea to add some outdoor lighting to your campsite. Love it!!
  5. Sarah, this is such a fun summer project. I love that you repurposed your tin cans to create something new. love it.
  6. Morgan Youngblood  06/06/2021 04:18 PM Central
    Sarah, I love how these turned out! Such a cool, crafty way to add ambiance to the campsite. I also just really like how into crafting your kids are, love following all their DIYs in your stories :)

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