Upcycled Tin Can Christmas Nesting Dolls


This is a fun and simple project that can be used as a decoration or as a fun gift wrap for a small gift.
Supplies you will need
Printer and printer paper
Free Template below
Scissors
Tape
Glue
4 Cotton Balls
1 Empty 24oz can
1 Empty 15oz can
1 Empty 10oz can
1 Empty 6oz can
Safety can opener
Step 1 - Cook some tasty dinners, wash, remove labels and save your empty cans. Be sure to use the safety can opener that allows you to put the can lid back on top of the can.
Step 2 - Print out the templates available at the link below

Step 3 - Carefully cut out template pieces and assemble according to template instructions.
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Step 4 - To finish Santa Hat unroll one cotton ball almost to the end. Cut off small end piece and glue to tip of hat. Gently pull on the remaining piece of cotton until it reaches around the bottom of the hat. Attach with glue. Make two folds in hat and glue to 24oz can lid.
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Step 5 - To finish Mrs. Claus. Glue one cotton ball to center of 15oz can lid. Take a second cotton ball and gently pull it into a circular shape to cover the entire lid of the can. Secure it in place with glue. Glue one more cotton ball on top to make a hair bun.
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Step 6 - To finish Reindeer. Glue circular cut out to top of 10 oz can lid. Attach the antlers so that they will lay down inside the can lid when the cans are nested.
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Step 7 - To finish the Elf. Do not attach the elf's hat to the 6oz can lid as it fits inside the can when the dolls are nested.
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  • Jewellmartin
    on Aug 3, 2017

    Thank you for showing the exact size can needed for each step. And for providing the templates. Can the templates by printed in outline/coloring book form so I can have my grandchildren color them? That would keep them engaged for an hour or two.
    • Currently I just have the colored version. But thanks for the suggestion I will look into making a coloring book version.

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