Recycle and turn concentrated juice cans into noise makers for the little ghouls this Halloween. These noise makers are a great craft to do with kids before Halloween.
Editors Note: Drill should be used by a responsible adult.
SuppliesAleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
For each: 6-oz. juice can with lid, washed and dried
Drill with 3/8” bit
10” length 3/8” diameter dowel
Assorted nuts and bolts
Paintbrushes – ¼” flat, fine-tip
Acrylic paints: orange, black, yellow, green, white
1 yard each 1/8” wide satin ribbon: white, orange, black
For cat noisemaker:
small star rubber stamp (or see designer tip below to make your own)
For each, center and drill hole for dowel through 1 side of can. Dip 1 end of dowel into glue and push into hole until end of dowel touches opposite side of can. Apply additional glue to dowel on outside of can. Let dry.
Put handful of assorted nuts and bolts inside can. Glue lid onto can. Cut or tear newspaper into 1” squares. Glue newspaper pieces to cover entire can, overlapping pieces slightly. Let dry. Using photo as guide, paint entire can and dowel desired base color.
Click on Printables and print out patterns.
For cat noisemaker: transfer pattern to can and paint 1 cat on each side of can. Let dry. Pour small puddle of yellow paint onto waxed paper. Dip sponge into paint, dabbing excess off onto waxed paper. Dab sponge onto star stamp and press onto can. Repeat to stamp stars on can where desired. Let dry. Use toothpick to outline each star with dots of white paint. Let dry.
For ghost noisemaker: transfer patterns to can and paint 1 ghost on each side of can and 1 jack-o-lantern on each end of can. Let dry. Use toothpick to outline each ghost with dots of orange paint. Let dry. Use end of paintbrush to paint dots around each end of can with yellow. Let dry.
For each, handling all ribbon lengths as 1, tie ribbons in bow around dowel just below can. Tie knots in streamers.
Heidi’s Designer Tip: Whenever I can’t find a simple rubber stamp design that I like, I simply make one from a scrap of craft foam cut into the shape I desire and glue it onto a pencil eraser. If you are making a larger stamp design, just cut from craft foam and glue onto a piece of foamboard. This makes a quick and easy custom stamp that you can use over and over.
Heidi Borchers hails from the first family of crafting. As daughter of Aleene Jackson, inventor of Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Heidi's creative design projects have delighted worldwide crafters for over 30 years. Heidi’s specialty is eco-crafting and she is the author of hundreds of craft books. She is co-host of Inspired at Home Radio, a live weekly talk-radio show featuring ideas for living a creative life. www.inspiredathome.com