Art Lesson Plan: Tin Can Stilt Walkers


  1. 2 cans same size (48 oz. tomato/apple juice cans) Have parents cut off one end and rinse out can.
  2. punch-type can opener to make 2 holes below the rim, straight across from each other
  3. 6-8 feet of rope or very heavy string.


  1. Put the 2 holes in both cans.
  2. Thread rope through the 2 holes.
  3. Stand on the can and adjust the rope so that you can hold one rope in each hand. Then knot the rope at a comfortable length.
  4. Practise walking and keeping your balance.

This project is one of Ten Easy Environmentally-Friendly Arts and Crafts Projects:

  1. Coasters: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
  2. Pencil Holder: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
  3. Magazine Holder: for siblings, friends, parents
  4. Shell Butterfly Magnet/Brooch/Barrette: for siblings, friends, parents… (symmetry)
  5. Bird Feeders: for anyone
  6. Twig Picture Frame: for anyone
  7. Handprinted Card: for anyone
  8. Tin Can Stilt Walkers: for anyone
  9. Goldfish Bowl: for anyone
  10. Pop Bottle Terrarium: for anyone

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