The first thing you do is wash, dry, and spray paint (red) any size can you want. Other materials you will need are:
- acrylic paints (flesh, black, white, pink)
- small paint brushes
- white cotton fabric
- artificial holly leaves & berries (cheap ones will do)
- small red pompom
- small gauge wire (I used stem wire from the floral dept. at Wal-Mart)
After the paint is dry, it's time to begin the "fur" for his "hat" and his beard. I cut the cotton fabric in strips of various sizes, depending on size of the can. Here I am beginning on the fabric that will go above the face. I folded and glued a strip and then used hot glue to attach it to the can.
Next I begin the beard. Strips of various sizes are cut, then folded over. I don't worry about the strips being cut straight. I fold the top of each folded strip into a point...don't know why, just the way I started and it's worked!
I begin on the right side (I'm right-handed) and hot glue the strips all around the face, making it as full as I like.
Next comes the moustache. A longer strip is folded in half, then tied to make a knot in the middle. I snip the folded end and hot glue it under the nose. He's beginning to look right cute, I think!
I finish him up by gluing three holly leaves and berries to one side and a red pompom to the other.
The final step is to make and attach the handle. The floral wire is very easy to work with.
I use an ice pick to make a hole on each side. (My husband just watched me do this and told me what I was doing was very dangerous! He's probably right. He suggested I use my drill to make the holes....but I'm too lazy to get it out...maybe next time.)
As you can see I then push the wire from the inside to the outside. I use a pencil and wrap the wire around it and this keeps the wire from slipping back out.
They are a little time consuming to make but not difficult at all. I usually spray paint several cans at once and then after drying complete two at a time in about an hour.
Filled with candy, cookies, or small treats, I think this little guy can make some cute Christmas gifts. If you try one, be sure to send me pictures!