Picture of Coffee Can Lantern

This is a very simple way to make a great lantern, when you don't want to bother with propane, can't afford one, or you're jut trying camping out for the first time, and don't know if you're going to like it, and don't want to spend alot of money on expenisive camping gear.

You will need.
1.A metal coffee can
2.A Hammer
3. Nail
4.Large or small candle (depending on the size of your coffee can)
5. Petroleum jelly
6. Bolt cutters, or anything that will cut through a metal can.
7. wire (optional) if you want to carry it or hang it from something.

1.take your metal coffee can and poke a few holes in it with the hammer and nail, so you can fit your bolt cutters in enough to snip the can.
2.Cut a rectangle shape out of the center of the can. Making sure you don't cut the can completely, so you can close it for future use. (see picture)
3. place a big blob of petroleum jelly in the bottom center of the can (it helps the candle stick and prevents it from falling over)
4. Insert the candle, and lite, and you've got yourself a homemade lantern made out of things you already have in your house

Before you do the jelly and candle step make two holes on either side at the top with the hammer and nail, and insert the wire so you could use it as a handle. or for hanging.

Lorddrake4 years ago
I have always just lit a candle and dripped some wax where you want the candle to stay, then place the candle down before the dripped wax hardens.

I never tried securing a candle using petroleum jelly, how well does it hold?
Kristina23 (author)  Lorddrake3 years ago
sorry it took so long to reply. it surprisingly holds really well, and its really easy to clean off. my grandma told me about it, and i thought she was crazy at first, but it works :)
sboutik4 years ago
good luck
jwells144 years ago
good luck
duboisanny4 years ago
good luck (marc-antoine N.)
oglick4 years ago
nphilavong4 years ago
sde jongh4 years ago
Good luck
dflores94 years ago
lseward4 years ago
Good Luck
lfiallos4 years ago
good luck
jmiller694 years ago
lluck4 years ago
good luck!
lseward4 years ago
Good Luck
duboisanny4 years ago
good luck MArc-Antoine
sginter4 years ago
good luck to ya
tbtt4 years ago
goodluck :) x
aamenta14 years ago
Good Luck!
blowe34 years ago
sburwell14 years ago
good luck
nlanglois4 years ago
voted and good luck.
lpeach4 years ago
jbeukman14 years ago
Good luck
jkathan4 years ago
Good luck :)
jwilcox84 years ago
best of luck you to my friend
cwilson314 years ago
good luck
tclifford14 years ago
Great idea
smacdonald64 years ago
very cool!
cahner4 years ago
love this idea
Kristina23 (author) 4 years ago
i couldn't find my camera :(...I had this picture from when we went camping...I'm looking for it and as soon as i find it there will be more :)
SeamusDubh4 years ago
needs more pictures.