Tin Can Jack-o’-Lanterns

24 Oct

We had a visit from Silas & Sydney’s grandparents recently, and they brought with them this fun Halloween project.   For the how-to on this project, check out this link from Relish Magazine where we saw the idea ourselves.  Or, check out Martha Stewart’s take on the Tin Can Jack-o’-Lantern.

Although we didn’t fully follow along with the directions from the links above, we still came out with a fantastic end result.   {Just a heads up, this project requires A LOT of adult assistance.}

My Kids Make Tin Can Jack-o’-Lanterns, and yours can too! Find a tin can and start MAKING:

Silas drew jack-o’ lantern faces on a piece of paper, then attached  the paper to the tin can.

Then, began hammering the outline of the faces into the can  using a nail.  A piece of wood, the width of the can, was placed inside the tin can to give support during the hammering.  {The links above suggest filling the cans with water and freezing overnight to make hammering more stable}

Once all the holes were made, wire coat hangers were used to create a handle for the jack-o’-lanterns.

Silas and Poppi then had fun with the orange spray paint, and voila….. Jack-o’-Lanterns!

And here is our lantern, outside glowing for all to see:


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5 Responses to “Tin Can Jack-o’-Lanterns”

  1. Nana 25. Oct, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    What a clever idea.
    Great job Silas and Poppi

  2. Poppi 25. Oct, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Wow…don’t I feel honored to make onto the My Kids Make site. Love the picture of the completed project. Well done.

  3. nonna 25. Oct, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    Great job hammering Silas! You were very good at it and patient! I love them lit up!! xo

  4. Betsy & Curtis 27. Oct, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Aww, that’s so great that Poppi got to do this project with Silas! They came out great!

  5. becky 09. Nov, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    On Halloween night we put our lanterns hanging from the trees in our yard. Got a few of those flameless candle things(they have the battery and flicker like a candle). They looked cute in the tree. Definitely is cooler with a candle in it, but the thought of a candle in a tree was a clear no-no.