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.
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
- 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
- Paint the cans white. You may need
12more layers depending on how cheap your paint is (we went with the 98 cent one and paid for it in time)
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- Glue the ribbon all around, start in the back so if you have to overlap your last piece it’s not as noticeable
- 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
- 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.
If you’re on the wilder side you can also use them to make a fashion statement.