How To Make a Survival Lantern

The other day the wind was blowing extremely hard. Rain was blowing against the windows and smalls trees were toppling over. Then we heard a loud *crack* right before the TV and lights went dark. I won't lie, I was a tiny bit excited to use all of my gadgets.  But I wasn't fully prepared.  After about 6 hours our battery lantern started to flicker. I needed to find a better way to light up the living room.

This is the homemade DIY survival lantern.

Tools needed.

  • Candle
  • Empty can
  • Knife
  • Plate

Step 1 - Gather all of the items you'll need. The empty soda can, candle, and sharp knife are crucial.

Step 2 - Use your knife to start cutting off the ends of the can. Don't cut them all the way off.

Step 3 - You will want to cut the lid 3/4 of the way off.  Remember to leave a little bit on each end.

Step 4 - Now cut down the middle of the can so you have two flaps that you can pull apart.

Step 5 - Make sure to tuck the lid opener under so it doesn't mess with the ballance of your lantern.

Step 6 - Drip some wax inside the can and place your candle in the center.

From here you can adjust the flaps as needed.  You can have a wide glow or leave the flaps more closed for a better focused beam.

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