I’ve been intrigued by this old-school carnival “Knock Down the Cans” game, which uses recycled materials, since I first saw the Halloween Cans on Pinterest two years ago. So I finally sat down to follow through on doing it this week. The Pinterest link is broken, so I just went with the images and did my own thing.
- Save and clean at least six 28 ounce cans.
- Decide on your painting scheme, and apply the whole base coat in that color until you no longer see the can. (Like I said, it took me 3 to 4 coats.) Definitely use acrylic paint;tempra will flake off. Be sure to let it dry completely between coats
- Orange for pumpkins
- White for ghosts
- Green for Frankenstein’s Monster
- Purple (or lavender) for Dracula
- (not pictured) Black for Cats
- (not pictured) Brown or Red for Owls
- Add decorative details… let it dry.
- Spray finish in Rust-oleum Crystal Clear Enamel (note: if you don’t do this finishing spray, the cans will quickly chip, and the color won’t be as bright… trust me: you want to do the finishing spray).
Total time: 2 – 3 hours, paced over the course of a few days. Cost: $0 (because I had all the paint and finishing spray on hand).
I plan on using this game at a Halloween party we have with family friends before trick-or-treating, but decided to test it out one afternoon that my boys had a friend over. This old school fun was a HUGE hit! Definitely worth the time to create.