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Easy Jack o Lantern Can Decoration

Kids will have lots of fun creating these Jack o Lanterns to decorate the window sills at Halloween and it is a wonderful recycling craft as well! In fact, the more of these that get made, the merrier.

Halloween Craft for Kids - Recycling Craft - Jack o' Lantern Pumpkin Can Craft

 

 

 

 

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Supplies Needed:

- clean and empty cans of all sizes (try to use a can opener that cuts both the lid and can without sharp edges
- gesso (recommended but not necessary)
- acrylic paints in the colors of orange, black, green and white
- a wine bottle cork
- orange mesh ribbon
- green natural raffia
- hot glue gun or thick designer craft glue
- a pencil

Ages 7 and older

Instructions:

1. Paint a coat of gesso on the can if desired and let it dry.
2. Paint the can with 2 coats of orange acrylic paint and let it thoroughly dry.
3. Paint the can lid and the cork with green acrylic paint.
4. Use the pencil and draw the eyes, nose and mouth on the can. Paint then the facial features with black paint. Once dry, add 2 white dots on the eyes.
5. Use the hot glue gun or the craft glue and glue the cork onto the center of the can lid.
6. Cut 2 or 3 pieces of green raffia about 12 cm long and lay aside.
7. Cut a piece of mesh ribbon about 10 cm long. Gather the piece in the middle and tie it off with the raffia to look like a bow. Split the raffia if possible to make the strands thinner.
8. Glue the raffia and ribbon now in front of the cork. Place the lid on the can with the bow in the front.

 

 

 

Halloween Craft for Kids - Recycling Craft - Jack o' Lantern Pumpkin Can Craft
These pumpkins look great in a group. Younger kids can create these as well but parental supervision is recommended when using the hot glue gun. Another alternative would be to use a strong craft glue.

 

 

 

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A Selection of Halloween Kids Crafts

Halloween Art - Paper Mosaic Jack o' Lantern

Easy Jack o Lantern Can Decoration

Paper Mach Glass Pumpkin

Recycling Crafts with Cans - Frankie the Friendly Frankenstein Monster

Wine Cork Witch

Wine Cork Fairy

Pom-Pom Jack o Lantern

Pom-Pom Black Cat

 

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