How to make stilts out of cans

Who would have thought that one day we would walk on a tomato jar. This is no idle nonsense, today we will learn to to make beautiful stilts out of tin cans to disguise ourselves as giants or simply to improve our balance.

Stilts with cans

The idea is very old and simple, but the movement is a bit more complex: it requires coordination between arms and feet, as the hands have to make the feet and arms move. stilts with a lanyard. The key is practice, so let's get down to business.

You will need:

- Two metal cans about 10 cm in diameter (condensed or powdered milk, tomato, etc.)

- Markers or permanent markers.

- Scissors.

- Drill.

- Rule.

- Brushes.

- Thick cord of two metres or more.

- Acrylic paint in the colours of your choice.

Before we start, we wash the cans. When they are clean and dry, mark a line on the base of the tins that divides them approximately into two equal halves, as shown in the photograph. Mark it with a permanent marker.

Painting on stilts.

At the edge of both ends of the line, already in the body of the canAt about two centimetres from the base, we mark a point. Then pierce the four points (two on each tin). Take care not to press too hard so as not to dent the cans.

Making a hole in the stilt.

Once the holes have been drilled, we will paint the cans. Remember that painting on metal requires acrylic paint (which accepts non-porous materials). Do not dilute too much water in the paint, because the thicker it is, the more it will adhere to the metal.

While the paint dries, take the cord and cut two pieces of one metre each (or one and a half metres, depending on the height of each one). Try to cut them straight and dry, to prevent the cord from fraying. Then we put them inside the jars and pull them out through the holes we have made. Finally, tie the two ends of the cord together, tightening them well. Make sure that the cords of both cans measure the same so that when you hold them with your hands they are at the same height.

Tucking the cord through the stilt.

We already have the stilts. Don't use them to go to sleep so as not to disturb the neighbours 🙂 .

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