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! Use a large recycled can.
My 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, starting with this tin can jack o’ lantern!
Tin Can Jack O’ Lantern
- 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
I added on a half inch to each measurement so I’d be able to fold under the raw edges when I attached it.
Then 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.
While 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.)
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.
Once 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.
Fill your tin can jack o’ lantern 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!