Tin Can Crafts – DIY Burlap Lantern

Tin Can Crafts - DIY Burlap Lantern

Tin can crafts are so fun to make and this DIY Burlap Lantern is no exception!  I love making great items to decorate my home or give as gifts from every day items like empty cans and bottles.  This Burlap Lantern is easy and inexpensive and does not require a lot of supplies.  You can use a string of Christmas lights, a battery operated candle, or other light to give this lantern a warm glow.  


Tin Can Crafts – DIY Burlap Lantern From An Upcycled Tin Can


  • tin can (I’ve used a baby formula can and this particular one is actually paper and very easy to work with)
  • nail or ice pick for punching holes
  • burlap ribbon (choose ribbon that is as close to the height of the can as possible
  • twine
  • buttons
  • glue gun and hot glue

Tin Can Crafts – DIY Burlap Lantern From An Upcycled Tin Can



  • Begin by carefully punching holes into the tin can.  This can be done with an ice pick or with a nail.  Since the can is going to be completely covered, you will not need to create a fancy or intricate pattern but will want the holes to be evenly spaced.
  • Once the holes have been punched, cut the burlap ribbon to a length that will cover the can and allow approximately 1/2″ overlap.  Carefully attach one end of the burlap to the back of the can with hot glue, wrap around the can and secure the other end with hot glue as well.
  • To create the flower for the top of the can, cut a length of burlap ribbon approximately 12″ long.  Fold it in half and thread a piece of twine through at the folded edge.  Gather the burlap ribbon onto the twine and tie it off to form the flower.  Hot glue the flower to the top of the can.
  • Tie a twine bow and attach it to the burlap ribbon flower with hot glue.  Add a couple of colorful buttons to the center of the bow to finish it off!  

Place a light (not a candle) inside your lantern and enjoy!  This could also be created as a hanging version.   

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  1. says

    Robyn, this is such a great and creative way of using an old tin can! Love the look of burlap! Thank you so much for sharing this fun project with us at the Show Stopper this week… love it!

  2. Alicia Morris says

    Thank you for this sounds easy always looking for crafts to do with the grandkids will try tis one we have a lot of cans

  3. says

    I love this! I’ve made a can like this before, but cut out shapes like hearts and stars for my daughters to carry around with a battery-operated candle. Never thought to wrap them up in burlap! So cool!!! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from the Craft Frenzy blog hop.

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