First Time Decorating Your Patio? How To Reuse Soda Cans As Lanterns

Setting up your patio for the first time is a fun activity, and the more creative you get, the more unique your space will become. Hanging candle lanterns are an awesome choice for your patio as they provide a beautiful ambiance. Add to that ambiance with creative soda can lanterns, that you can make yourself. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

  • soda cans in any size
  • dishwashing soap
  • a towel
  • thin-tipped marker
  • a razor blade or utility knife
  • tea light candle, one per can

Step 2: Clean Out the Cans

Using soap and water, wash out each can so there is no sticky residue. Dry the outside of each can with a towel so they are not slippery to hold. If you want to be completely sure they are dry, set the cans upside down to air dry, or wait to dry the inside of the can with a towel after step five.

Step 3: Draw the Cutting Lines

Using your marker and a steady hand, draw an “I” along the middle of the can. There should be one centerline that runs half to three-quarters of the length of the can, or 2.5 to 3-inches on a standard 12oz can.

On the top and bottom of your centerline make two parallel lines running about 2 inches long each, completing the “I.”

Step 4: Cut the Lines

Using your razor blade or utility knife, cut along the lines you created. Be sure to approach this step slowly and carefully, so you don’t cut yourself. If you are worried, you can wear a pair of work gloves, though the bulk may make the cutting process more difficult.

Step 5: Pull the Side of the Can Open

You will see that the cuts created two flaps. Pull the two flaps outward so they hang open. You can also slightly curl the sides out as well by rolling them out inside themselves like a small scroll.

Step 6: Insert the Candle

You will see that the bottom of the can has a little lip, just the right size for a tea light candle to fit in. Insert a small candle into each of your cans and viola! You just up-cycled soda cans to make the most creative lanterns on the block.

Now that you have created your soda-can lanterns, use them anywhere on your patio that you need a little extra lighting and a creative feel. Perhaps the best part about these lanterns is that you can reuse them with minimal cleaning and easy storage. If you don’t have the time or energy to make your own lanterns, check around online for hanging candle lanterns for sale.