Step 1: Getting Started Tools and Supplies
You may need help from family and friends to collect enough cans.
Supplies you'll need are:
- Drink cans
- Fabric scraps
- Needle & thread
- Glossy acrylic paints for "bodies," assorted colors (Depending on how your dressing your people)
- Flat Paints for flesh tones - beige, browns, pinks etc...
- Tacky glue
- Glue gun (remember don't let the kids use without supervision)
- Yarns, cotton balls etc... (Anything that would make hair. Use your imagination. Almost anything will do.)
- Googly eyes assorted sizes
- Permanent Markers for outlining
- Old lip-sticks for cheek color (blush)
Step 2: Remove Tabs and Bend Cans
To get the shape of the body, bend the cans slightly underneath the can opening.
Your can person will look as though they are bending at the waist with their mouths wide open.
Step 3: Painting
Paint clothes on each can according to your theme. Theme ideas could be boy scouts, girls scouts, sports, choirs-singers, and other endless ideas.
Paint the top of the cans a flesh tone.
If you would like to add hands, be sure to paint them in. We'll add fingers with a marker later on.
Step 4: Add Details
You can also add on some props if you would like. I added some flags to my little scouts. Just poke a hole into the can, and add some tacky glue to hold the flag in place. Doll or Action Figure accessories would make good props for your can people.
You can use a hot glue gun on these cans, but you have to be careful. The metal will pick up the heat really quick, and the cans could get too hot to touch. Tacky glue works really well.
Step 5: Sewing a Cape, Robe, or Skirt
- Gather Stitch
Tie the gather off at the end, and then glue it onto your can like another accessory.
Step 6: Adding Hair
- If you'd like a bald can, then don't add any hair.
Step 7: Facial Expressions
If you feel you've messed up just repaint and start again.
For ideas of expressions look at comic strips, or coloring books. Look anywhere simple people drawings can be found. You might even try watching a cartoon with your kid.
Try looking at http://www.billybear4kids.com/Learn2Draw/face/cartoon.shtml for ideas.
Step 8: The Eyes Have It!
The easiest way to put the eyes on is to dab (with a cotton swab) a little glue on the can where you want the eye to go, and then put the eye on the glue.
Tacky glue works better than the hot glue gun for the eyes. The hot glue will leave tell-tale bumps or strings, so stick to tacky glue.
- Hint: Tacky glue is thicker than regular white glue. It gets "tacky" when air hits it so it won't run when you are trying to glue small things. Regular white glue will work, but be careful or it will run all over theses cute little faces.
Step 9: Keeping Helpers Busy
There's plenty to do to make these cans ready for the celebration. Simple details are what make them so much fun.
Step 10: Ready to Celebrate
Step 11: At the Celebration
Step 12: All Done
Hope you enjoy making your celebration fun and memorable!
Remember that you don't need a celebration to make your can people. A rainy Saturday is enough reason to have fun with Can People.