We’ve seen all those cool potion jars and tins that you can buy in stores and we like them. So, when I was offered some empty tin oatmeal cans from by boyfriend, I thought…those would make cool cans for painting Halloween stuff on, like ‘Eye of Newt’, or ‘Spider Legs’. This led Soph and I to some creative painting and these cans are the result.
I recommend this for older kids, probably 8 or older, but it’s mostly a free-form adventure. As you’ll see in the instructions below, I did use some templates for stenciling the ‘label’ on my can, but for the most part, Soph and I just did our own thing and you can too!
And, here are the steps that we took to make ours:
Step 1: Sand the Cans –
First we sanded the cans a bit, just to rough them up before spraying on the base coat. We did rinse and dry them well too, after sanding, to get all the dust off.
Step 2: Spray the cans with the base coat –
Make sure you do this outside and set them on newspaper if you don’t want paint everywhere. I did this step, but Soph sprayed some of it. We also did two coats to cover the words from the cans, but that probably wasn’t necessary due to our decorative painting. We used a white base coat, but if you want your can a different color, or black, use a spray base coat in that color.
Step 3: Prepare any templates for Stenciling –
Since I wanted the label part of my tin can to be rectangular, I used a stencil that I made using my Fiskars plastic templates and cutter. Then I secured it to the can using the sticky part of a post it to ensure the tape wouldn’t pull the paint off or leave sticky stuff.
Step 4: Paint the stenciled areas –
After I secured the stencil onto the can, I used a sponge to paint that section of the can. If you are stenciling more, complete as much of it as you can. You may have to wait for areas to dry if stencils sections are close together. Since we I just did the one area, I painted that and let it dry and was ready to go on to the rest of the painting. Soph didn’t use any stencil’s so she skipped this step.
Step 5: PAINT! –
Use your creativity and paint up your can as spooky as you can. I went with a Bleeding Heart theme, even making it look like the can is dripping blood 😀 Soph chose a spider theme and lots of sparkliness. You could do whatever you want, just use your imagination!
If you make your own Halloween Tin Can, we’d love to see it, share it with us…or any craft you’ve made…over at our Show and Tell Linky Party!