Spicy Candle Lanterns

Spicy Candle Lanterns

Pep up your patio with these funky luminarias that give new meaning to the word "can-do."
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  • One empty, clean and dried 8-ounce can of Mexican chilies
  • Can opener
  • Sandpaper
  • Hand drill
  • 4 jump rings, 3/8"
  • 3 pieces of chain or coiled color wire, 8" each
  • Dangling charm
  • Glass votive holder
  • Votive or tea-light candle


step 1 Sand the edges of the empty and clean can at the ridge to remove any sharp points.
step 2 Drill three holes at the top of the can (just below the ridge) in a triangular fashion, in order to attach the chains. Drill two holes close together at the bottom of the can. Attach a jump ring to each hole at the top and one through the two holes at the bottom.
step 3 Hook one chain strip to each jump ring. Gather them at the top and connect with two jump rings. Add a dangling chain to the bottom jump ring.
step 4 Insert the glass votive holder and candle into the can.
step 5 Hang and light.
Images courtesy of La Casa Loca: 45 Funky Craft Projects for Decorating and Entertaining ® Rockport Publishers, 2003.
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6/16/2011 , 
Judith  W.
If you cannot find citronella candles, pick up some lavender oil candles which work just as well in repelling the mosquitoes.
9/13/2010 , 
Cheryl  N.
You can find the mexican cans at a mexican grocery store or in the isles of mexican food at grocery. I used a variety of cans, soup vegetable, fruit and these were adorable in my back yard for a cook out. Afraid of catching things on fire? Just place the cans in your garden or on tables, do not have to hang. If hanging the tea light flames are not tall it just glows inside the cans. You can also use battery operated candles that give the same soft glow of real candles.
8/5/2010 , 
katrine  w.
i'd love to do this project, but where can you get those chili cans? they're gorgeous.
7/22/2009 , 
tess  Y.
I like to use citronella tea lights but have not been able to find them in stores this past year - does anyone have any idea where you can pick some up or even order them online?
7/9/2009 , 
The idea sounds great but I would be worried about a fire starting. They are going to be hung somewhere and that, most likely, will burn.
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