When it comes to decorating for Halloween, in a year when money is a little tight, you can’t get much thriftier than an empty coffee can! If you can turn that can into a nice decoration you’ve saved money plus created something you can use year after year. No matter what size coffee tins you have they can easily be turned into jack-o-lanterns, witches, ghosts and other Halloween characters.
Start with clean, dry coffee cans to make any character you choose. Slightly sand one of the cans to prepare it for painting. Use paint types that are especially made for painting metals for best results. Paint the can green for a witch, white for a ghost or even orange for a jack-o-lantern. If you don’t want to paint the cans to make the characters you can wrap them in paper or fabric.
For a jack-o-lantern, cut a circle of green felt or cloth, and glue it to the lid. Do this whether you’ve painted the can or wrapped it with material. The circle should be large enough to come down over the sides of the lid and should be cut in a jagged manner around the edges. Glue it in place, cut facial features from black felt, and glue them onto the front of the can. If you want, cut a piece of a stick and glue it to the center of the lid to make a stalk. Instead of a piece of green fabric you can also attach fake leaves to cover the lid.
To make a ghost cut a black mouth and two eyes from felt. Glue these to the front of the can. Cut a large circle of white fabric and drape it over the can lid. Glue in place.
To make a witch cut pieces of yarn and glue them to the can lid. Purple yarn looks great but you could also use black. Cut short lengths to make bangs for the witch and longer pieces of yarn to make longer locks on the sides and in the back. The long hair can reach as far down as the bottom of the can.
Cut the witch’s eyes and mouth from black felt, teeth from white felt, and use a green pom-pom for the nose. Attach a witch’s hat you’ve made yourself or one you’ve purchased.
The coffee can characters look great nearly anywhere in the house. Make large ones to use as centerpieces or smaller ones to decorate a mantle. Make all sorts of different designs by the way you decorate the cans and the embellishments you use. The characters aren’t really spooky but they sure are cute!