Jack-’o’-Lantern Man

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

This whimsical creature will be sure to bring a smile to trick-or-treaters–create your own with a few easy steps.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, decide how long your want your creature’s boots to be, and cut 2 pieces of 2×4 the same length.

Nail your cans onto the ends of each piece of 2/4 to form boots.  Use a couple of nails in each can, driving them through the wood, and through the bottom of the can.  Turn the boots right side up, and use the handle of the hammer to bend the ends of the nails sticking up though the inside of the can down in opposite directions, to keep the tin can from sliding off.


Spray paint the boots black.  Let dry.


Mix your plaster of Paris in the disposable container, according to the directions on the package.  Pour into the boots, and let sit until firm enough to hold the dowels upright–I kept

Insert the dowels as straight up and down as possible into the plaster.  Let the plaster harden.


Cut two, slightly smaller than 1-inch wide, holes into the bottom of the pumpkin bucket.  I started the holes by scoring a star-like shape of lines, and then trimming from there.  The buckets are somehwhat prone to cracking, so cutting in small chunks works well.


Cut an oval of cardboard that will hide under the base of the bucket.  Cut holes for your legs, spacing them as far apart as you desire.  Insert the tops of the legs into the holes in the bucket, slide the bucket so the bottom is flush with the cardboard,  and use hot glue to secure–use a lot of hot glue on the cardboard itself, and around the legs outside, and inside, to secure the bucket firmly to the legs.


Paint the legs white.  Let dry.


Use your tape to make stripes on the legs.


Use your gold paint to paint buckles on the boots.

Leave Jack as is, or add even more bits and bobs to embellish him further.

Happy crafting!


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