Tin Can Animal Crafts

For many households, tin cans are in abundance. Their size and shape is perfect for creating animals, using felt, paint, etc. This is a guide about making tin can animal crafts.

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Tin Can Frog
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Finished Tin Can FrogThis big mouthed little frog is a great place to store your eyeglasses, iPod, or phone. It is a fun craft for kids to make or as a silly gift for a friend. He is sure to make you smile wherever he is. Finished Tin Can Frog

Approximate Time: 1.5 hour

Supplies:

  • tin can (soup can size)
  • green paint
  • white paint
  • black paint
  • paint brushes
  • sm. round wooden craft heads
  • hot glue gun
  • pink fur
  • red fleece
  • scissors
  • stiff green felt

Instructions:

  1. Lay your can on the piece of pink fur as a guide for cutting a strip of fur that will line the can. Cut fur to size. Then trace around the bottom of the can on the backside of the fur to make a circle for the inside, bottom of the can. Set cut fur aside.
  2. Cutting Pink Fur Cutting Fur Circle

  3. Using green acrylic craft paint, paint the can and wooden heads (for eyes). Allow to dry.
  4. Apply hot glue to the backside of the fur circle and adhere to the inside, bottom of the can. Now fit the strip of fur for the sides into the can.
  5. Adhering Fur Circle

  6. Run a line of hot glue down the inside of the can to adhere the edge of the fur. Now apply hot glue near the top edge, all the way around the can, adhering the fur as you go. Then apply another line of hot glue down the side and adhere the end of the fur.
  7. Gluing Fur Lining

  8. Next, cut out a long slender tongue from the red fleece that is a little longer than the can so that it hangs out. Apply hot glue to the back and adhere it along the seam of the fur.
  9. Cutting Tongue

  10. Using white paint, paint the whites of the frog's eyes. Allow to dry. Once dry, use black paint to paint the pupil.
  11. Painting Frog Eyes

  12. Gently squeeze the opening of the can to make the mouth wider and flatter.
  13. Squeezing Can

  14. Using hot glue, adhere the eyes to the top of the can.
  15. Eyes and Tongue

  16. Next, on a piece of paper draw a front leg and a back leg. Trace each of the twice onto the green felt.
  17. Tracing the Legs

  18. Cut them out and hot glue the to the bottom of the can. I recommend laying them out and "testing fitting" them so that you apply the glue on the correct side of the felt.
Finished Tin Can Frog

By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA

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Does anyone know about patterns for tin can people and animals?

By Ginny from Wellington, NV

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I checked the thriftyfun archives and I found this. Just click on the link (or copy and paste) and it should take you there. My husband made a couple of these a few years ago and they turned out real cute. Good luck.

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf43267298.tip.html

Margaret from Denton, Texas

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