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Totem Pole

September 25th is Native American Day. Here is a chance to recycle those tin cans into this fun totem pole and teach young people about our Native American heritage.


Tulip® Fashion Glitter™
23553 Orange Jewel
23556 Purple Jewel
23558 Turquoise Jewel
Tulip® 3D Fashion Paint
65410 Clear Gellies
Aleene's® FunCraft™ Foam Glue
Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®
Paper, large piece for work surface
3 tin cans, in descending sizes
Craft foam shapes, geometric shapes
Craft foam: 1 sheet each pink, green and purple


Remove lid. Empty cans of contents. Make sure there are no sharp edges. Wash and dry cans.
Place large piece of paper on work surface to catch excess glitter so it can be returned to container and used again. With bottom of can up, apply glue using brush in bottle of Tacky Glue Brush-On. Apply glitter. Repeat for all cans. Let dry.

Click on Printables for Patterns.
Referring to photo, tape patterns to desired color of craft foam and cut out.
Cut craft foam geometric shapes into other shapes to make eyes, mouths and other areas. We cut larger hearts into ovals and triangles. Use your imagination.
Glue faces on cans. If two pieces are to be glued together, squeeze FunCraft Foam Glue onto one piece and wait for it to dry before putting them together. Let dry.
On faces, squeeze out dots, lines and outlines with Gellies. Sprinkle with same glitter that is on can. Let dry a few moments and tap off excess. Let dry.
Apply FunCraft Foam Glue to edges of pieces that will attach to can. Let glue dry and attach to cans. Make sure embellished face pieces are dry. Refer to photo for placement.
Apply a small amount of Brush-On glue around bottom and top of two cans and stack. Let dry.

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