009. Canimals!!

The idea behind this project is to transform an unassuming tin can into an assuming canimal. I’m going to show you how to put a face on a can. That’s all — nothing crazy…or is it?! The outcome is entirely up to you, and I’ve provided an assortment of facial features that can be mixed, matched, and altered, if you’re so inclined.

This project is a little different from most of my others, in that you’ll have to do some creative cutting and shaping of the individual features to fit them to the particular can you’ve chosen.

PDF Specs

  • 54 pictures
  • 10 instruction pages
  • 4 plans pages


  • Freebie!

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  • Note: You may not need all of the tools listed below. Some of the following tools are optional, depending on what you decide to do with your features!
  • Vise
  • Soldering iron
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • Wire cutter
  • X-acto knife
  • Dull kitchen knife or glass cutter
  • Fine-point marker
  • Punch (for pupils)
  • Pinking shears (for teeth)
  • Rolling pin


  • Tinplate
  • Tin cans intact (not aluminum!)
  • Solder & flux
  • Brass or copper wire (for whiskers)
  • 1/4" dowel, 8" long (for forming over)
  • Spray adhesive
  • 1" PVC pipe, 8" long (for forming over)