Friday, October 3, 2014

Halloween Party Favor: Mummy Candy Cans

Courtesy of H. Camille Smith and Layla Palmer

Hi Friends,

Adorable treat cans make upcycling look good! Kids will love making these cans as much as they will devouring their sweet contents so start saving your empty tin cans now so you'll have plenty of raw materials for this kid-pleasing craft. These little mummies are not only cute, they're functional, too. Filled with candy, the upcycled tin cans wrapped in cheesecloth make a great Halloween party favor or surprise for your favorite trick-or-treater.

Materials Needed:
  • empty tin can in any size you wish
  • black spray paint
  • cheesecloth
  • scissors
  • googly eyes
  • craft glue
  • pliers

Spray-Paint Cans
Clean and dry empty cans. Use pliers to press down any stray pieces of metal around the can's inside rim, then cover the outside of the can with a coat of black spray paint.

Cut, Fold and Wrap Cheesecloth
Cut a 5-foot length of cheesecloth and fold it over two times (Image 1). Apply hot glue to one end of the cheesecloth's length, then secure it to the tin can's back side (Image 2). To create the mummy's bottom lip, pull down on the cheesecloth and use a dab of hot glue to hold it in place (Image 3). Continue wrapping the fabric all the way around the tin can from bottom to top, then back down to the bottom again. Use hot glue to secure the fabric's loose end on the can's back side (Image 4).

Finishing Touches
To make room for the googly eyes, pull the cheesecloth apart and attach the eyes with hot glue (Image 1). To create a safer edge around the can's rim, fold a bit of fabric over the rim, securing it with hot glue. Finally, fill with candy and distribute to Halloween party guests or trick-or-treaters (Image 2).

Enjoy your cute Mummy Candy Cans...

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