By Noreen Doll.
Craft a mummified can for Halloween.
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
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.