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Tin Can Lanterns

Tin can lanterns make a very versatile craft project for Cub Scouts. You can make the holes in any pattern you like – a star for Christmas, a snowflake for winter, a ghost for Halloween, a heart for Valentine’s day.

Webelos and Bears can probably do this project themselves with some adult supervision. Younger scouts will need more direct help from the adults.

If you are not sure what a tin can lantern is, see the printable copy of the instructions for a diagram.

Tin Can Lanterns


  • clean empty can
  • black marker
  • hammer
  • nail
  • votive candle


  1. Using the marker, draw a pattern on the can in dots.
  2. Hammer through every dot
  3. Place the votive candle inside the can.
  4. With an adult, light the candle.


  • It might help to draw a practice design on paper first.
  • Remind the Scouts that they should only light the candle with adult supervision
  • Use different sized nails to get a more complex design.


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