Mummified Can

By Noreen Doll.

Craft a mummified can for Halloween.

Mummified Can by Crafty Journal

Find an old faded white or ecru T-shirt or an old sheet to make mummy bandages. If they are too white you can coffee dye or tea dye them to look ancient.

I tried both coffee and tea dye, but I used a very light shade, and I used some of each on my mummified can.


Old or dyed T-shirt or sheet

2 Wiggly Eyes

1 Tin Can

Metal Spiral from an old spiral notebook

Mod Podge

Sponge Brush



1. Tea dye or coffee dye the fabric if you need to make it look more ancient.

2. Cut the fabric into strips. If you use a sheet, you can tear the sheet and have lots of interesting threads on the edges.

If you use a T-shirt, cut the strips so they don’t curl.  I folded it in half to cut more quickly.

You can vary the width of the strips, and they don’t need to be perfectly straight and even. You are going for a raggedy look.

Attach Bandages to the Mummified Can

3. Paint the bottom third of the can sides fairly generously with Mod Podge.

4. Start with one end of a strip and lay it near the bottom edge of the can, and start winding the strip around the can.

Don’t try to be neat and even, but cover all of the can.

Continue winding the strip until it ends.

Add more Mod Podge or start another strip of fabric as needed, continuing until you reach the top of the can.

5. Start spreading Mod Podge over the top of the strips and wind more strips around the can, criss-crossing the other strips.

If some of the ends don’t want to stick to the can or lay perfectly flat, don’t fuss. It adds to the mummified can look.

You may want to add some more Mod Podge over the top of the last layer of bandages, but let edges stick up and look messy.

6. Let the bandages dry. A hand held hair dryer can be used to help dry. Keep the dryer moving over the surface of the can.

Finish the Mummified Can

7. Punch a hole on opposite sides of the can (where ears would be) near the top edge.

If you don’t have a punch, you can use a hammer and nail. Be sure to put a block of wood inside the can where you will be making the hole, so the can doesn’t collapse.

8. Remove the spiral from a notebook (that you aren’t going to be using again).


Stretch the spiral out, not trying to keep it neat and even.

9. Bend the stretched part of the spiral over the top of the can to see how long you want a handle to be. Cut the wire.

10. Put the ends of the handle through the holes in the mummy can and curl them into a small spiral to hold them in place. See the photo in number 7.

11. Glue or hot glue the wiggly eyes in place. Put them close together, and make one slightly higher than the other.

Treats may be added to the mummified can, or you can just use it as a decoration.


If you don’t have a notebook spiral to use, you can wind a piece of wire around a pencil or dowel and then stretch it slightly out of shape for a handle.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. I love, love, love this idea. I hope to make it with my granddaughter tomorrow. Thanks for sharing. It’s soooooo cute.

  2. Liking this very much. I want to make one, now. I like to leave comments when I see something unusual or interesting. I think this is both. Linda

  3. Simple and inexpensive! Love it! Also love that you recycled spiral notebooks! Way to go!

  4. Very cute! I’ve mummified some glass jars like this and put tealight candles in them! They make great evening table decorations for Halloween!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. Super cute, I love it! Stopping by from Sweet Sharing Monday, great project!

  6. super cute & clever, has me thinking a tealight may be kinda cute in it, woudl that show much light?glow?! would love for you to share in my first link party :) Impatiently Crafted Sundays :)

  7. Very fun. They might even be fun hanging with battery operated candles inside. The light would only project up unless you made some holes in the bottom of the can too but it could be interesting. I’m inspired and motivated. 😀 Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.

  8. What a great idea.. I love innovatiions! Maybe you could make holes where the eyes are and have glowing eyes.

  9. This is so cool! I love it! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays! :)

  10. This is so cute, and I love how you repurpose the spiral notebook wire. I always have a few of those around from my children’s previous years in school.

  11. Very pretty! :)

  12. Totally love this idea. I must admit I am a sucker for anything that looks like a mummy with googly eyes. lol…
    love it.
    Here from IMM blog hop

  13. This is absolutely adorable! I LOVE the crooked eyes!

  14. Oh too cute! I loved stopping by:) Thanks for linking up To Whimsy Wednesday!
    Smart! School {House}

  15. The Mummy is FABULOUS!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

  16. Oh my goodness! What a cute project!! I’m hosting a new We Share Wednesday Link Party and would love for you to join in!

  17. This is the cutest thing ever – how adorable!!!

  18. Cute–great idea to use an old shirt!

  19. This is so cute. I would love for you to add it to my link-up.


  20. What a super clever idea! This is soo great! I would love to have you share this at my link party!

  21. CUTE! I’m going to try these, thanks!!

  22. Hi, I found you bowdabra, and my son would not let me leave this page until i promised to make this with him this afternoon.

    What a wonderful idea.


  23. That was fun to know! Hope you both have fun with it.


  24. This is fantastic! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. SO fun! Thanks!

  25. Fun, simple, came out great! Love these. Do come share your creative wisdom and inspiration with us and link them up at (HALLOWEEN) TIME FOR A PARTY, at !

  26. Thanks for linking up last week, you are being featured today.

  27. Super cute and so simple!!

  28. Very fun! And a great craft for things everyone already has. Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday. I hope we see you again this week.

  29. LOVE THIS! Super cute way to recycle the can, but I LOVE the idea of using the spiral from the notebook even more. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  30. This is so cute! Thanks for linking up! I’m featuring this tomorrow!

  31. haha! so fun. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  32. So so cute! Just put a smile on my face!

  33. This is absolutely adorable. I love it. Thank you for sharing it at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  34. Happy Halloween! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your adorable Mummy Can on my blog tonight! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  35. I love your crafts! You always do a great job!

    I would love it if you linked THIS one up with us this week too!!

  36. Great craft idea for Halloween and for kids too! Creative!

  37. So cute! What a clever idea, I love those googly eyes!

  38. This is such an adorable project! I would love to try this with the little ones.

  39. This is just too cute!!! love it!

  40. This is jus adorable! Great idea!

  41. I love recycling ideas like this. We’re making toilet paper roll mummies with gauze in my kiddo’s class room next week.

  42. Hi, this is an adorable and creative Halloween decoration that you made. I saw it on i gotta create. TFS.
    Julie @

  43. These are darling…and brilliant reusing the spiral wire! Thanks for sharing this creative project with us at Twirl and Take a Bow on Tuesday! Please join us again any week! ~Tammy

  44. This is a really cute craft! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  45. This is so cute! I might have to do this with my pre-school kids! I’ll be featuring this on Saturday!

    Thanks for linking up to the Block Party!


  46. I agree, this is a super cute idea! Who can resist a Halloween mummy! LOL.

    I would love it if you’d stop by.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  47. Tee shirts make the perfect bandages – great to know! Your mummified can turned out so great :) Thanks for linking up at Link It or Lump It!

  48. Adorable! Great recycle and love the goggly eyes:) Pinned!!! I posted DIY Pumpkin Pillow Cover to the DIY Dreamer party.

  49. This is so adorable and I love how even the handle is something recycled so I don’t have to run out and buy anything or spend money. Great job.

  50. This is the perfect craft for little ones and very frugal too. Love it!!

  51. How fun!
    I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Inspire Us Tuesday.

  52. How Darling! Found your craft through CreativeWays Linky. Would love if you linked up with us!

  53. This is so cute. I think it would be great for kids to make for Halloween decor. Stopping by from Thrifty Thurs.

  54. Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing.

  55. Hi Noreen, This is super cute for Halloween decor. Thanks for sharing your idea @DearCreatives Inspiration Spotlight party.

  56. Cute!

  57. So cute – love you used a tin can and your tutorial is great. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  58. Thanks so much. Super cute idea and terrific instructions!

  59. I love this! Pinned. Hugs! Lou Lou Girls

  60. So easy and cute! Love this!

  61. This is so cute & is being featured on my blog today as part of “Tuesdays with a Twist” blog hop.

  62. I absolutely love this and so did the rest of us at Mommy Needs a Timeout Thursday. So much that we chose you to be one of our Top 3 links! You will be featured this Thursday. Thanks for linking up,
    Twin Tested, Pin Approved

  63. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Saturday Spotlight post this week!
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!

  64. Thank you so much for the feature!

  65. Thanks so much for the feature! I appreciate it!

  66. Thanks for sharing this mummified can on Fabulous Friday last week.. so cool
    Hope to see you next week

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