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Cool Coffee Can Stilts!

Coffee Can Stilts are simple to make (with a little help from mom and dad) and are a great way to recycle something you may otherwise throw away!

Materials for Your Coffee Can Stilts

  • two 1-pound coffee cans
  • drill, screwdriver or awl
  • yarn
  • decorations


Turn each coffee can upside down, so that the lid is on the bottom.

Using the drill, screwdriver or awl, make two holes in the base of the can (this is where mom or dad should step in!). The holes should be on either side of the can.

Thread the rope through the holes to create loops (these will be the handles). For a cool, decorative effect, you can twist or braid several yarn strands together instead of using rope.

Tie the yarn or rope off inside the cans. You should aim for the loops to be at your child's waist height when standing on the cans.

Decorate the cans using paints, glue, stickers, glitter... anything your child likes!

The cans are now ready for your kids to try on for size - they will soon be walking tall and seeing the world from a whole new perspective! 

Would you like to print out an Instruction Sheet for this craft activity?

Click on the download button to get your copy of the instruction sheet for my coffee can stilts.  The pdf will open in a new tab and you can either save it or print it from there.

Please do feel free to share this sheet with anyone who might like to engage their kids in this activity!

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Want to Show Off Your Kids Creations?

If your children would like to share their fantastic creatures with the world, then we'd love to help them do so!

Just take a photo, then visit our main Crafts for Kids page and scroll down - you'll find a form to upload your photo and the name of their creation.

We look forward to receiving it!

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