Picture of Beer Can Lantern || DIY Tutorial
Price: 1 – 5$ || Time: 1 – 3 h || Difficulty: Medium – Hard “Crafty and patience”

We are in this tutorial going true how to craft a beer can lantern. The beer can is rather easy to prepare.. The hard/time consuming part is to cut the negative from the aluminium foil! But do not be afraid.. the time spent is well worth! :)

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Step 1: Watch this first! :)

This is a tutorial video I have made! It was my second video ever, so some scenes are a little bit unnecessary long.

If you can not watch the video true the "picture frame", then you can follow this link instead!


Step 2: Requierd items

Picture of Requierd items

You will need:

  • Aluminium Foil
  • Aluminium tape
  • Regular Tape
  • Scissor
  • Cutting board
  • Scalpel/knife
  • Negative for your motive (we will make this!)
  • Small Rubber Hose
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun


  • File (with a round side)
  • Sandpaper Pliers (for metal)
  • Drill and screwdriver
  • Spray paint
  • Beer Can

Step 3: Preparing the foil

Picture of Preparing the foil

A negative can be made in for example Photo shop or Gimp:
Start of by finding a picture that you want to use, a picture with strong contrasts is recommended. When you have chosen, start of by change the colour to "grey scale". Then "Posterize", chose level 2. The amount of levels is equal to the amount of colours in the picture. So level 2 means black and white! :) Print this!

"1."Remove any extra material and place your negative on the foil. Make sure that the foil is still larger then the size of hole you want in your can.

"2."Apply a second layer of aluminium by using aluminium tape. This is to make the foil more stable and less likely to lose its shape while cutting and using the lantern.

"3."Use some clear tape to attach the negative to your foil. I also using clear tape over the whole picture, to give the paper a extra stiffness.

This is great, it's amazing what you can do with a beer can, some aluminum foil and some rubber tubing!

Yes indeed! An eaven easier way is to just use the aluminium foil instead of a can. Seams to work fine, but is not as stable :)

Yeah, I would be worried that just aluminum foil would be too delicate, but the can gives it stability :)