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How to Turn an Empty Can into a Lantern | The Allstate Blog

How to Turn an Empty Can into a Lantern

Finding the outdoors a bit too dark? According to howtosurviveit.com, you can light up your campsite, backyard or even a tailgate with this cool lantern made out of an empty soda can. It will maximize the brightness of your candle and protect it from the elements, too. [info_banner] What you’ll need: Empty soda… Allstate https://i0.wp.com/www.allstate.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/setting-up-a-tent_Getty_cropped.jpg?fit=1200%2C800&strip=all&ssl=1
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Finding the outdoors a bit too dark? According to howtosurviveit.com, you can light up your campsite, backyard or even a tailgate with this cool lantern made out of an empty soda can. It will maximize the brightness of your candle and protect it from the elements, too.

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What you’ll need:

  • Empty soda can
  • Knife
  • Tea light candle
  • Safety gloves
  • Matches

1. Cut vertically down the center of one side of the empty can, leaving around 1-2 inches at both the top and bottom of the can still intact.

2. At both the top and bottom of that vertical cut, make two more perpendicular cuts across, forming a capital “I”.

3. Open the can up where you made the cuts, which will create two flaps that can be pulled back, revealing the inside of the can.

4.  Place a small candle inside the bottom of the can and … let there be light!

5. Use the tab at the top of the can to hang the lantern on a branch or by a string. Important: Be careful when handling, as the lantern gets hot, and make sure to blow out the candle when you’re finished!