Recycled Tin Can Pumpkin

DIY Recycled Tin Can Pumpkin

It's amazing what you can make with a tin can and some paint like these DIY recycled tin can pumpkins.

There's a free pattern for the faces so you can make these yourself and they would be great to make with the kids and create some memories. 

Upcycled tin can pumpkins, hand-painted, Halloween pail, upcycle

Today, I have the oh so simple instructions for making the pumpkin cans from Saturday's post. The pumpkin cans were made over a few years ago and have withstood the test of time for Halloween decorating year after year.

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How To Make Recycled Tin Can Pumpkins

There will not be visuals other than the completed project for this but if anyone would like a template for the face {eyes, mouth, nose, etc.}, just click here.  

Supplies:Can(s)-any size {make sure you don't leave any rough edges from the lid}Acrylic paint-orange, black, yellow, white and gold, paintbrushes and sponges

Optional: Drill (this is the one I have and use) and drill bit to make holes in the sides for a handle or a nail and a hammer {I have used both and the drill is easier but not necessary}, wire for handle or ribbon

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Step One: Moisten your sponge and squeeze it out well

Step Two: Dab the orange paint rather heavily over the can - the heavy dabbing will leave a textured effect but you could spray paint the can or brush the paint on depending on the end results you desire

Step Three: When the paint has dried, you can now draw the eyes, eyelashes, nose, mouth, and tooth or transfer the template features onto the can

Step Four: Using the black paint, paint the eyebrows, the eyes, eyelashes, mouth, outline of tooth and nose

Step Five: When the black paint has dried add the yellow and white highlights to the eyes and nose and color in the tooth.

Step Six: Add the gold sparkle {looks like an asterisk} to the tooth

Step Seven: When completely dry, drill the holes for the handle and insert your wire or ribbon.

Complete! If you would like to seal your work of art, you can use a spray paint sealer or brush on the sealer and this can be done between steps six and seven.


If you make the project, please let me know by tagging me on Facebook or Instagram with your photo and I'd love to give you a shout out. 

hugs, mb new logo March 2016

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  1. How cute!!!!! Seen your comment on Alice's site. Now I'll be regular on yours. Thanks for sharing.

  2. These are so adorable! and I thought you used a rub-on or something for the face..I didn't realize you had painted it! makes it even more special - thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Hi Marybeth...I followed the like from Alice's blog to see the pumpkin cans- they're too cute! What beautiful work you do- I'll definitely check back to see more!

  4. Rose fr FineCraftGuild dot com says:

    Hey, these are cute!

    I can see how you use them over and over again, each year in a slightly different way.

    I've been saving tomato cans... and while they were going to be xmas candle holders.... perhaps we can dedicate 3 to the noble cause of Halloween!

  5. They are so cute! Thanks for sharing, I paint as well. Found you through the Countdown to Fall Party!
    Following on FB

  6. debbiedoos says:

    Now that was thinking outside the box! love these cutie pies.

  7. Ricki JIl treleaven says:

    These are so cute!!! They have put a (crooked) smile on my face this morning!

    Linking from Debbidoos,
    Ricki Jill

    1. Thanks, Ricki ~ love that {crooked} smile! : )

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  9. Felecia Cofield says:

    Hi Mary Beth! I love these cute pumpkins! I would love to have the template for the eyes, nose, and mouth please! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Felicia,

      I emailed you the template and I am so glad you liked them~ thanks so much for stopping by!

      Mary Beth

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