Homemade Camping Lights


More and more families are discovering the joy of camping as a fun and frugal way to spend time together. Making your own camping equipment is a great way to get supplies without breaking your bank account. Lanterns and lamps are a staple at any campsite, and there are a number of ways to make them out of discarded objects.

Coffee can lantern

  • Use a hammer and nail to punch holes in the sides of a coffee can. Make sure that the holes are more than two inches above the base of the can. Put about one inch of petroleum jelly in the bottom of the can. Stand three or four candles up in the jelly. Light the candles, and the light will come out of the top as well as the holes in the side of the can. When the candles burn down, the jelly will continue to burn for a couple of hours.

Soda can personal lantern

  • Use a craft knife or box cutter to cut a series of slits in the side of a soda can. Make the slits go from about 1/2 inch from the top to 1/2 inch from the bottom, and about 1/2 inch away from each other all the way around. Push the top and bottom of the can together gently, using a pencil to help pull the sides out. This will make a sort of Chinese lantern-looking can. Cut away two of the bars to make an opening for the candle, use a little melted wax to secure the candle to the inside of the lantern. Light and set on picnic table.

Juice glass collection

  • Bring a collection of juice glasses from home and put a votive candle in each one. Curve the shiny side of aluminum foil around half of each juice glass, and extend the foil higher than the rim of the glass. The reflective surface of the foil will help to increase the brightness of each candle.

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