How to Make a Tin Can Unicorn Planter
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August 21, 2018
This is a cute project using an old tin can and a cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper. A bit of paint and glue will transform your junk into a mystical creature, carrying your pretty flowers. You can also use this as a pencil or makeup brush holder!
I used spray paint to hurry things up and get an even coat, but you can use acrylics. I used holographic gift paper for the tail to up its magical look. You could also use any colour gift tissue or yarn.
Total Time: 45 minutes plus paint dry time
Yield: 1 unicorn
- 1 cardboard tube from toilet paper
- gold paint
- white paint
- black permanent marker
- holographic or rainbow gift paper
- hot glue gun with glue
- Cut a long cone shape out of the cardboard tube.
- Cut the pointy tip off so it's a bit rounded.
- Cut out 2 identical ears, a little smaller than half the length of the horn.
- Paint the horn gold.
- Paint the entire can and two ears white. Allow to fully dry.
- Use the black marker to draw diagonal lines on the golden horn.
- Draw lobe details on the ears.
- Add a big dab of hot glue to the bottom of the front side of the horn, then press into the inside of the can.
- Glue the ears on either side. Press to secure.
- Draw an eye under each ear. I went with closed eyes with long lashes.
- Cut about an 8x2" strip from the gift paper.
- Fold it in half then cut thin strips up to the fold, stopping half an inch from the fold.
- Fold it in half horizontally and secure closed with a dot of hot glue.
- Now hot glue the base of the tail on the inside of the can, opposite the horn.
- The tail will dance in the wind when placed outside. Looks magical!
- Fill with flowers and enjoy. :)
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