DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Tin Can Ghost Outdoor Decoration
We like to use acrylic paint for most of our projects. It is fairly
easy to find and inexpensive – we usually buy ours from the dollar store
in the neighbourhood but we also sometimes get it at the craft store or
Amazon. I like that it comes in small containers in a zillion colors so
I can shop for the colors I need for each project without feeling guilty
about waste. Acrylic paint is waterproof so it can sit outside. It is
cleanable if you wipe it up while it’s still wet. It dries fairly
quickly so children don’t end up sitting around waiting for the various
stages of the project.
- clean can (we used a coffee can, but you can use a can of any size… just
make sure it has no sharp edges)
- white and black paint
- paint brushes
- white plastic garbage bag
- hammer and nail
- yarn or string.
- Turn the can upside down. This is very important as the bottom of the
can is going to become the top of your craft and we don’t want to paint the
face on backwards.
- Paint the outside of the can white.
- Let dry.
a ghost face onto the can.
- Cut the plastic garbage bag into strips.
For a small coffee can, we made our
strips about 3/4 inch wide by 24 inches long.
- Tape or glue the plastic strips to the inside of the can so they hang
down. Duct tape works well if you live in a humid climate.
- Use the hammer and nail (or a hole punch) to put two holes in the top
of the can (what used to be the bottom) and pull the string or yarn
through these holes so that you can hang your ghost.
Printable version of these instructions