December 2, 2010

Repurposed Tin Can Santa . Christmas Idea #2

We moved our little candy cane to day #2 on our felt advent calendar.
Today’s countdown craft is going to show you how to repurpose empty tin cans into Santas. I like to use different sized tin cans which I always have on hand after I make a batch of chili.
  • Empty tin cans – take label off and wash
  • Red spray paint (or mod podge and red acrylic paint)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Gold sparkling cardstock (Michael’s has it!)
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot glue gun

Step #1 – Take your clean tin cans and spray paint them with red spray paint. If you don’t have any on hand then you can paint the cans with mod podge and then a couple coats of red acrylic paint.
Step #2 – Paint a black band around the cans. For a more perfect band you could use black ribbon.

Step #3 – Cut out gold rectangles from the gold paper which are the width of the black band and hot glue them onto the black band. I cheated and used my cricut. (Mickey Mouse font cartridge – ticket shape)

Step #4 – Fill with tissue paper and use as decorations.

I even went a little further and used my crop-a-dile to punch two holes in the tin cans. Then I took some steel wire with gingerbread buttons to create a handle. They would even make cute luminaries. (Without the tissue paper!!)

Tomorrow I am showing another version of this so - come on back now ya’ hear?
I’m going to link up over at the CSI Project, Tatertots and Jello, and The Shabby Nest

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