Coffee Can Lanterns

MaggieMakes - Coffee Can Lanterns

I’ve often admired lanterns like these and even saved up a load of tin cans this summer to give making them a go, but life kind of got in the way what with my roller coaster year of upheaval and the cans ended up in the recycling bin and the idea stashed away for a rainy day. Well today is that rainy day and I’m determined to give these a go at long last.

I want to share this lovely tutorial with you from Karen at Maggie Makes as I think it’s one of the best ones out there. I’ve seen lots of tutorials to make lanterns like these where you have to fill the cans with water and freeze them or fill them up with wet sand and freeze them – this is to stop the cans from distorting when you punch holes into them. I think this is what has always put me off as it’s so time consuming and requires freezer space – I’d rather just get down to the nitty gritty and get on with it.

Karen’s tutorial does just that and it’s perfectly illustrated over at Design*Sponge and here are the results:

MaggieMakes - Coffee Can Lanterns

MaggieMakes - Coffee Can Lanterns

MaggieMakes - Coffee Can Lanterns

You can even download the three designs pictured above to get you started which is great!

Go and get banging! I’ve just realised that all the cans in my recycling bin have been squashed, so I’m going to have to wait until I use some tinned food again before I can give this a go – damn! Soup for lunch anyone???

2 thoughts on “Coffee Can Lanterns

  1. Stephanie says:

    I know that this post is very old, but I’ve been searching everywhere on the web for these specific templates. Since the Maggie Makes domain name is for sale, the link to the templates from Design Sponge doesn’t work and no one over there has responded. I’ve also tried looking for cached versions and haven’t had any luck. Does anyone here have the PDF that they’d be willing to share?

  2. Milomade says:

    Hi there – I just did a search to see if I’d downloaded them myself, but couldn’t find any on my old computer – it’s a shame they’re no longer available. I recently made some of these and will be putting a tutorial up on my blog sometime soon, but I found it difficult to find patterns, so I just did freestyle designs. I did find this blog post though – http://www.projectwedding.com/forums/update-calli-s-diy-coffee-can-lanterns-pics-instructions?page=2 with three designs – maybe you could send them an email or message and get them to send you a template.

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