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DIY Tin Can Ghost Windsock

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We’ve reached the point where I’m turning kitchen recyclables into Halloween stuff (this isn’t even the only project I’ve got this year using tin cans). My husband is just happy I’m not buying anything. This project is in the kid-friendly Halloween category. There is a bit of a wait with all the paint drying but you can put this together in an afternoon.

Get ready for Halloween with this DIY tutorial for a ghost windsock with ribbon and paint for a spooky friend straight from the recycle bin

My original plan was to make these glow but after several failures I decided they were fine in their natural state. The faces look a bit off from solid black thanks to a few coats of glow-in-the-dark paint. Problem is the paint does’t glow very well unless it’s a really thick layer. Anyway, enough of my failure on to the crafting.

Tin Can Ghost Windsock Supplies:

  • Large Tin Can, clean with label removed
  • Hammer
  • Awl or Screwdriver (an awl will work best but use what you have)
  • White Spray Paint
  • Black Paint
  • White Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Twine or Strong Fishing Line
  • Paperclip

Instructions:

  1. Paint the cans white. You may need 12 more layers depending on how cheap your paint is (we went with the 98 cent one and paid for it in time)
  2. Use the awl and hammer to punch a hole in the top of the can. If you’re me and you have no idea where anything is find a small, sturdy screwdriver and push on it until it pops through the bottom of the can. It’s easy on the small ones, trickier on the #10 cans
  3. Trace in a ghostly face and fill it in with black paint. Or just go for it and free hand. As you can see from my two ghosties I have exactly on free-handed ghost face in my creative repertoire
  4. Cut ~24 inch lengths of ribbon, I didn’t measure and intentionally left them all slightly different lengths. Cut the bottoms at an angle to keep them from unraveling, you can also seal them with a lighter but I don’t have that kind of time (or a lighter)
  5. Glue the ribbon all around, start in the back so if you have to overlap your last piece it’s not as noticeableGet ready for Halloween with this DIY tutorial for a ghost windsock with ribbon and paint for a spooky friend straight from the recycle bin
  6. Cut a 12 inch length of fishing line for the hanger and tie it in a loop. Thread on the paper clip as a stopper
  7. Pull the loop through the top of the can and hang your ghosty

I hung mine in the garden and they look really good with the constant breeze. I haven’t put up the spiderwebs yet so they’re the only bit of Halloween outside at the moment.

Get ready for Halloween with this DIY tutorial for a ghost windsock with ribbon and paint for a spooky friend straight from the recycle bin

If you’re on the wilder side you can also use them to make a fashion statement.

Get ready for Halloween with this DIY tutorial for a ghost windsock with ribbon and paint for a spooky friend straight from the recycle bin

I’d absolutely love to see your own spooky creations, share them on my facebook page, tag me on instagram @AleciaCSNY or use the hashtag #ChickenScratchNY

Find more ghastly ideas on my Halloween page and my Halloween Pinterest Board

 

Get ready for Halloween with this DIY tutorial for a ghost windsock with ribbon and paint for a spooky friend straight from the recycle bin

Comments

  1. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    What a great idea! I can’t believe Halloween is just around the corner.

  2. Such a fun and easy craft. With a few tweaks you could make a floating Frankenstein head too.

  3. Those came out so cute! I love the ghost faces you have created. I look forward to seeing more of your yard as you continue to get ready for Halloween 🙂
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  4. what a brilliant idea. So easy that even a DIY challenge girl like me could pull it off.

  5. I love how simple this craft project is and how cute! I only have small cans, but I think a bunch of small ghost cans hanging in our front yard would be awesome.

  6. Oh My Gosh, this is so cute. I love making decorations with items I have in my home. You have inspired me to make a few of these. I think I will hang them in my trees in the front yard

  7. Great idea to up cycle an older item. Plus it’s a simple cost effective decoration. Too many decorations are way costly
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