Create a Simple Chinese Lantern

This is a great little project to do with the kids, plus you are recycling your cans.

You will need: 

  • Any size or shape of empty drink can
  • Stanley the Knife
  • Pliers
  • A small length of wire ~10cm

lantern

Also needed:

  • A tea light
  • Matches or lighter

 

Time to create our lanterns:

  1. Mark two lines around a clean, empty can, about 2.5cm from the top and bottom.
  2. With a sharp craft knife, make vertical cuts between the lines, about 1.5cm apart.
  3. Make a cut across the bottom of two adjacent strips to make an opening for a candle.
  4. Gently press down on the can to make the strips bend in the middle.
  5. Insert a tea-light through the opening, then tuck the cut ends of the opening strips inside the can.
  6. Attach a hanging loop.

 

TIP: You can also spray paint the can before cutting, if you like, to make it your favourite colour.

 

And there you have it, your lantern is already to go.

 

Sam

xx

 

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