Tin can jack o’ lantern

It won't cost you much to make this tin can jack o' lantern - it looks great on a porch and is perfect for fall!Hi there all you Mod Podge fans! I’m so thrilled to be visiting Amy’s awesome blog today! If you’re wondering who this person is that’s talking to you right now, I’ll tell you!

RSCN9210My name is Courtney and I’m the author of Scraps and Scribbles. I’m married to my wonderful husband of nearly 5 years and am a stay-at-home mommy to one busy little boy. My days are spent playing cars, cleaning up Kix from all over the carpet and squeezing in a craft or two (if I’m lucky!) You can find out more about me if you’d like over at my blog.

I love Halloween. It’s always been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up, we always made a big deal over Halloween-partly because it’s also my dad’s birthday and partly because my whole family just loves it. Now that I have a family of my own, I wanted to be able to show off that Halloween spirit a bit. I dug out all of my Halloween decorations this past week and put them up. But I really don’t have many. So I made some.

It won't cost you much to make this tin can jack o' lantern - it looks great on a porch and is perfect for fall!This Mod Podged pumpkin can is my newest creation! He sits by my front door to welcome our guests. Here’s how to make your own pumpkin can.

Supplies:

  • One large, clean aluminum can
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Fall or Halloween patterned fabric
  • Old wire hanger
  • Black craft paint and black spray paint
  • Freezer paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Sticks, leaves and pinecones

DSCN9431Wash and iron your fabric before cutting. Measure the height and circumference of your can. Using those measurements, cut out a piece of fabric to go around your can. I added on a half inch to each measurement so I’d be able to fold under the raw edges when I attached it.

DSCN9432Then, using my handy freezer paper, I made a stencil for the pumpkin’s face. Draw the face onto the paper, waxy side down and carefully cut out.

DSCN9433Then iron it onto your fabric, again, with the waxy side down. Using your paint brush and black craft paint, paint the design onto your fabric. I used FolkArt paint #661, Metallic Sequin Black – it’s got a bit of sparkle in it.

DSCN9435While the paint dries, prepare your coat hanger. This is going to be the handle for your can. I bent mine into a zig-zag shape, then spray-painted it black. (Sorry the shadow makes it sort of hard to see. We’ve had a lot of overcast days here lately.)

DSCN9436Once the face is dry, it’s time to attach it to the can. Here’s where the Mod Podge comes in! But there is a little step in between. Using a nail, screwdriver, what-have-you, punch two holes, one on each side in the can for the hanger to go through so you can attach your handle later.

DSCN9438Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to one end of the fabric strip and stick it down on the can.

DSCN9437Then work around the can, Mod Podging the fabric on as you go.

DSCN9439It looks a little fuzzy because the Mod Podge is still wet. Let it sit for about 30 minutes or until completely dry.

DSCN9443Once it’s completely dry, it’s time to attach the handle. Using the holes you’ve already created, punch holes through the fabric and insert the ends of the hanger. I added a little scrap of fabric as a bow on the handle for some extra flair.

It won't cost you much to make this tin can jack o' lantern - it looks great on a porch and is perfect for fall!Fill with sticks and pinecones and you’re done! I hope you all come by Scraps and Scribbles and say hi! I’d love to meet you! Thanks for letting me visit today, Amy! I had a great time!

Comments

  1. ashley says

    Courtney,

    Hi! So… I’m new to many things crafty and have a question

    you said,
    “Then iron it onto your fabric, again, with the waxy side down”

    And my question is.. does freezer paper somehow adhere to the fabric when you do this???

    or you just didn’t want any wrinkles in the freezer paper?

    thanks in advance!
    ashley