Did you catch our upcycled tin can Frankenstein? We had so much fun with them we decided to make one to deck the
halls porch with. Free or practically free DIY’s are the best right? That is why we love this Upcycled Tin Can Reindeer! After you have gobbled up those green beans don’t toss out the can, hit it with a little spray paint and it can turn into hundreds of different things, lending a little cheer to your front porch. This time we created a few reindeer to keep an eye out for Santa. The beauty of this project is that it is so open- use any size cans you have on hand, make one or all 8 (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen ,Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and of course Rudolph). Go ahead and finish your can of pinto beans or mixed fruit, I’ll wait, then we can get started on this fun and festive DIY!
UPCYCLED TIN CAN REINDEER
clean, empty cans
sticks and twigs
pom pom or buttons (noses)
black paint pen
brown spray paint
hot glue gun/sticks
Clean your cans well, dry thoroughly. Give them a quick wipe down with alcohol to remove oils and residue-this will prepare the surface a little better for paint.
Spray cans lightly with a coat of brown paint, allow to dry for 5 minutes. Spray 1-2 additional times, waiting 5 minutes between each, until cans are well covered. Dry after final coat for 3-4 hours.
Use hot glue to attach large googly eyes and pom pom noses.
Draw on a mouth with paint pen.
Now, for the antlers, head outside and find small limbs that have as many “branches” on them that you can find, you will need 2 for each reindeer you make. (if you cannot find any that have more than 2, just hot glue on a couple small ones to create the antlers. Secure them to the sides of the can with a generous amount of hot glue.
Finally attach your reindeer together by gluing twine to their sides to act as the reigns.
We know you love making fun upcycled crafts and gifts and this Upcycled Tin Can Reindeer is tons of fun! Not only is it simple to make, it can be personalized so simply with your favorite embellishments. Just throw a little name plaque by each reindeer and add a fun Santa to the mix for your own unique reindeer & sleigh themed decor! This one is easy enough the kids can help you out with it too!
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