How to make elephant's feet with tin cans

Move over Dumbo, your troop can stomp like an elephant with these easy-craft jumbo stilts

Our crafter Gemma Chandler shows you how to save the environment AND keep your mini me's entertained with this easy-to-make recycled tin can craft!

Your little ones will love donning these circus-themed elephants feet to stomp about in and make a grand entrance. This fun craft is perfect for 5-7 year olds.


You will need  

  • Large empty tin cans
  • Black marker pen
  • Hammer and nail
  • Grey paint
  • Pencil
  • Pink paint
  • String


Step 1 

Mark a point on opposite sides of the closed end of the can with a pen. Ask an adult to hammer a nail through at these points, to create 2 holes.

Step 2 

Paint the outside of the cans with grey paint and leave to dry. Draw some toes on the bottom of each can, and paint with pink paint. Leave to dry, then outline the toes with black pen.

Step 3

Cut 2 lengths of string measuring around 150cm each (depending on your child's height)and thread the ends through the holes in each side of the can. Tie knots inside to hold the string in place.

Craft: Suzie Attaway

stockists:Dash Of Soot Absolute Matt Emulsion, £4 for 60ml, The Little Greene Paint Company (0845 880 5855 DecoArt Crafters Acrylic in Bubblegum Pink, £1.50 for 59ml Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400 Circus Tent, £15, Tesco Direct (0800 323 4050 Hoops, £4.95 each, Dotcomgiftshop (0208 746 2473 Jumbo Elephant, £12, Wilko (0845 608 0807

Jessica Dady
Senior Content Editor

Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.