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Tin Can Creatures

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This is a project I’ve been working on here and there for over a month now, I’m sure my husband will be glad these cans have finally found a home outside.

  • tin cans
  • DecoArt Patio paint
  • sponge brushes
  • colored floral wire (find it at the Dollar Tree)
  • ice pick
  • rubber mallet
  • googly eyes
  • hot glue gun
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First I started off by painting the tin cans with the Patio paint. We made a ladybug, bumblebee, dragonfly, and mystery bug.

Tin Can Creatures - 2 @mvemother #recycledcraft #yard #tincan
Next I used the ice pick to put holes in the cans, be careful and use a vise if you have one. Put the holes near the bottom of the can. You just need one for the wings and one directly opposite it for the post to stick them in the garden.

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Getting the wings right on these little buggers was a challenge. I’d love to tell you how to do it perfectly but each bug’s wings went in differently. I do recommend keeping the wire in the spiral shape as much as possible.

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Add a tail for your dragonfly and be sure to pull his wings out so they are more oblong than circular. THE EYES, DON’T FORGET THE EYES!

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Now, originally I planned on putting theses on pvc pipe but it was way to big so instead I used sticks I found in the yard! Just wedge that baby in there!

Ta-Da! Aren’t they cute?

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Right now they’re hanging out in my Calendula bed. (YES, I know I waited to long to put the seeds down, I’m just hoping they hang on for the fall.)

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