Magical Floating Tin Can and Free Printable
We enjoy celebrating Halloween but tend to keep our spooky décor low-key. I would love to do stuff outside, but we stay really close to a Primary School, and in some places here in South Africa, Halloween is synonymous with witchcraft. So small and inside it is. But that’s okay because I get to make fairy graveyards, skulls with weird hairdos, and Spider Girls 😀 Or this magical floating tin can filled with ghost breath.
Isn’t it cool?
And Sergeant Skullie looks like he approves too.
All in all, this easy Halloween idea can be finished in less than an hour and it’s sure to make friends and family do a double-take when they see that floating tin can spilling ghost breath all over the place.
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What you need
- Clean empty tin can
- Pot or container
- Large pebble
- Galvanized wire (14 or 16-gauge)
- Packet of Halloween cobwebs
- Free Ghost Breath printable
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Hammer and a nail
How to create a magical floating tin can
This is not the first time we made something float, but unlike the floating teapot, I didn’t have to wait for the glue to dry 😉 To make the magical floating tin can, use a hammer and a nail to make a small hole towards the top rim of the can. I used a tin can with the lid still half attached so made my hole directly underneath the open portion.
Cut a piece of wire at least 40 cm long and insert one end into the hole.
Use pliers to twist the wire around itself. The most difficult thing about getting the tin can to float is bending the wire. I normally use jewelry wire for our crafts because it’s easy to work with. Unfortunately, it’s not strong enough to suspend the tin can. Galvanised wire, on the other hand, worked, but you need to put a little elbow grease into bending it.
Bend the other end of the cut wire so it kinda twirls around itself as shown below.
Place the twirled end inside your pot or container ……
and weigh the twirled end down with a large pebble.
Play around with the
position slope of the tin can.
Once you’re happy, put a big dollop of glue on the inside of the can to keep the wire in the right position.
Print out the free Ghost Breath printable and cut it to fit around your floating tin can.
Glue the Ghost Breath label down.
Take some white cobwebs and wrap them loosely around the wire. Glue a small amount inside the floating tin can and drape more downwards into the pot or container to hide the large pebble.
And that’s it.
Doesn’t it look so freaky?
Here’s a piccy from the top of the floating tin can.
I staged the floating tin can with the famous Sergeant Skullie.
He’s resting up against a black vase filled with dead branches. So appropriate for Halloween and so easy to do too. Just grab a can of spray paint and some branches and spray away.
To complete the picture, I added a few handmade runes….
And draped some hessian/burlap on the wall. What do you think? Would you add a floating tin can with ghost breath to your decor?
If you like the idea of creating a magical floating tin can, don’t forget to pin it for later.
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26 thoughts on “Magical Floating Tin Can and Free Printable”
That is so cool Michelle! I love the tin can label! Too bad yall can’t decorate your yard and house like they do here. I bet yall would have the coolest and scariest yard around.
😀 I would so love to decorate all our big trees with ghosts and gigantic spiders and webs and stuff, but for now, they’ll just have to live on in my imagination.
That can label is awesome. I want to print it out and frame it. SO cool.
I believe there’s a big letter-sized version in the free printable if you like to frame that one 😉
Believe you me… when I show my son this Halloween vignette with that floating can, my son WILL be making one this weekend! I even have a little cauldron pot that would be perfect! I can’t wait to show him because this is so epic!
So happy to hear that Donna 😀 And just like his Mom, I bet he’ll put a unique spin on his floating tin can.
Wow, this is such a cool, creative and clever Halloween decoration. You always come up with the best ideas.
Thanks so much, Claire. I had lots of fun making this one.
You are so clever!
Thank you, Marty 😉
I love this. Sometimes I miss decorating for Halloween so may pick things up on sale to do next year.
Halloween crafting is always so much fun. I hope you get into the spirit 😉 again
My grandkids will love this idea! I am excited to show them. Thanks for sharing your creativity, Michelle.
You’re welcome, Meegan.
What a genius idea. I am so impressed with the can and the smoke. amazing.
Glad you like it, Maria. It’s always fun coming up with new ways to add a little fright factor to our decor.
That is adorable! Pinned for Halloween!
Thanks so much, Susan
Wow, that is so cool Michelle! Sad that it can only be enjoyed by you guys. Halloween isn’t near what it used to be back in the day when I was a child. We’re lucky if we get 10 trick-or-treaters. Now it’s more an excuse for the adults to party. Pinned 🙂
It’s never really been a big thing here. I have seen that some of the security estates put something together for the kids, but it’s controlled and there’s lots of adult supervision and I’m assuming partying afterwards too 😀
So cool! I never really gave it any thought that other areas of the world didn’t embrace Halloween in the same way; so glad you decorate inside though because your displays are always fantastic Michelle!
Yeah, Halloween is starting to take off in some suburbs, but it’s better to be safe than sorry for now.
What a cute idea. Very spooky. xo Laura
Thank you, Laura
How are you , my friend???
LOVE this great display! Thanks for sharing!!
Hello Debbie, so lovely to see you again and you’re welcome. I’m so happy you like the floating tin can.