How to Make a DIY Camping Lantern in 5 Easy Steps

So you’re taking your first camping trip, and you want to know how to make a DIY lantern? Sure, you could go out and spend $50 or more on one, but why spend the money when you can make one yourself with just five easy steps?

Camping isn’t as hard as people make it sound, so follow these instructions to create your very own camping lantern. It might not be as pretty as an expensive, store-bought option, but at least it will get the job done without breaking your bank account!

Lantern on the fire
Lantern on the fire

Step 1: Gather your materials

In this step, you will need a small globe or jar. I used an old spice jar, but you can use any type of globe that is about 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide. You will also need some wire mesh and some string. Finally, you’ll need some thumbtacks to hang the lantern.

Step 2: Create the base of your lantern

Single lantern
Single lantern

The first thing you need to do is cut the top off of the water bottle and discard it. Cut off the bottom of the plastic cup. Cut up one side, but be careful not to cut all the way through, because you will use this piece as a handle for your lantern.

After cutting both handles, turn your plastic cup upside down and place it inside the water bottle. If your cup doesn’t fit snugly, use tape or glue around the edge of the inside rim. You can also add some sand or beans at this point if you want your lantern to be heavier so that it won’t blow over as easily during high winds or heavy rainstorms.

Step 3: Wrap tinfoil around your materials

Take the tinfoil and wrap it around your glass jar. Take care to make sure that the tinfoil is wrapped tightly enough so that it will not come loose but also not so tight that you cannot see through it. If you want to add color or texture, try using different types of foil, such as aluminum or copper.

Step 4: Tape it all together

Place the battery holder and LED light on the top of the tissue box. Tape both sides of the battery holder and LED light securely onto the tissue box with heavy-duty tape. You want to make sure that these pieces are taped securely so that it doesn’t fall off when you’re moving them around.

Cut five pieces of wire, each about 6 inches long, and strip them at one end of each piece. Connect one wire from the negative side of your battery pack to the negative (-) terminal on your battery pack by wrapping one end of this wire around the screw on this terminal. Connect another wire from this same terminal to one leg (either one is fine) on your LED light by wrapping this second wire around this leg.

Step 5: Add your tea light candle and enjoy!

Lantern on the stick
Lantern on the stick

Place your tea light candle inside the bottle. You should be able to easily slide it in and out of the opening. Seal the top with hot glue, but not too much so that air can still get through. Fill up your bottle about halfway with water, again making sure that you don’t fill it up all the way, or else your tea light won’t be able to burn properly.

Once you’ve filled it up halfway, place a rock on top of the opening and let it sit overnight so that the water is able to seep into all parts of your lantern and make sure that none of it leaks out. The next day when you go back to check on it, check for any holes where the water might have leaked out and seal them up if necessary. Now once this step is complete, all that’s left for you to do is add some decor to your lantern! Get creative!


After reading this blog post, you should know how to create your own camping lantern. I hope that you have learned something new about the process and enjoyed these instructions! Remember that there is no wrong way to do it and if you don’t want the step-by-step instructions, just make your own design. You now have all of the knowledge necessary to create your own camping lantern!

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