Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Day #2 of Bird-Day Week: Angry Birds Can Toss Game

I have thrown quite a few parties, but most of them have been for little girls. This week our party will be for boys...lots and lots of little boys. Very active little boys. I need activities. Lots of activities. Not coloring and art projects like I do for my daughters parties...I need lots of hands on...active...activities. So today I spent the day painting cans. What? Hold on, there is a point here. I painted tin cans for one of the Angry Bird games. Take a look:

I think these turned out really cute! I started with cans of vegetables. They had a pull top lid, so the can was left with a smooth, clean edge after it was opened.

I started spray painting the cans, which gave a nice smooth finish, but the color just wasn't right. If the color isn't right, it just doesn't look right. I took our Angry Bird stuffed animals to Michaels and used them as my color palette to compare to the new line of paints from Martha Stewart.

These paints are awesome. The colors come out nice and thick, so they cover well. You know what I mean...the difference between a quality paint and the cheaper ones that are watery. This is good paint. The colors I used were Yellow Jacket, Beetle Black, Tartan Red and Spring Pasture. These colors are ideal for painting the red bird and the pigs.

I painted a layer of Spring Pasture over the spray paint. Next I took a picture I found online and enlarged it on the copier 400x the original size. I cut out the snout and eyes as my pattern.

I placed the pattern on the can and drew a dotted line around the edges for my guidelines. This helps to ensure that I keep the correct proportion and will keep my figures looking more accurate.

I took some of the Spring Pasture green and mixed it with some white I had. I needed to have a lighter version of green to paint the snout.

Next I painted the white portions of my outline. This is a lot like coloring in a coloring book. Take a fairly small brush that is not really soft, it will make it easier to control your paint.

Next I painted the red and black parts of the pig. I apparently got ahead of myself here, because I forgot to take step by step pictures...sorry.

You can see how close the can looks to the original picture. I finished off each eye with a small dot of white inside the black pupil. This makes them look a lot more realistic.

I will coat these tomorrow with a clear sealer. I am hoping this will help keep their faces intact for the party, but I am assuming they will begin to chip off as soon as the boys start hitting them. These are not likely to be long term toys, but they are great for the party.

I found these small, red playground balls at Party City. I am using the same technique I used on the cans to paint Angry Bird faces on the front of the balls.

I outlined my design with a permanent marker.

I painted in my areas with two coats to create a good solid color. Again, the Martha Stewart paint covered really well. The white paint I was using, was not so easy. I will buy the Martha Stewart paint next time.

After the solid areas were dry, I went in with a fine tip brush and outlined my pieces. I think it turned out really great.

This game is going to be a big hit (pun intended) at the party!

I am linking up to these parties:
Tip Junkie handmade projects


  1. This looks so fun! I saw you ar Not Just a Housewife party. I spotted you right off since I posted an agry birds party, too. :)

  2. what would it cost for me to buy these from you? Seriously.

  3. You rock so I featured you this week at my Hookin Up with HoH Link Party!

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  4. Love it! Saw you at HoH, and I'm going to have to try this for my brother for Christmas! (he's 23)

  5. can you just send me the outlines of the pigs and the bird face then i could do this i dont have a copier or a printer that works lol

  6. saw this on pinterest. THANK YOU! my 5yo son loves angry birds. for his 5th bday we had angry bird games including small cardboard boxes that he stacked and threw his newly made-by-mom stuffed birds from Obsessively Stitching's tutorial. But I didn't make enough piggies (yet). This is a great alternative, especially for outside play where his plush birdies and piggies shouldn't go. : )

  7. Love this! Great idea! just found your blog & will for sure look around the rest of your blog...btw: where is your follow link?
    Would love it if you passed by my blog, maybe followed back if you liked:) Thanks for this post!


  8. I am trying so hard to find those red playground balls, but I couldn't find them anywhere at Party City- do you remember what aisle you found them in? If you could let me know, my email address is heatheresplin at yahoo dot com. thanks! Such a cute idea!

  9. Great idea! I made all my Christmas gifts this year and I was desperate for little boy gifts. You are an inspiration!

  10. I really love this idea! I pinned this awhile ago on Pintrest and it keeps getting "re-pinned"! I have over 80 repins! :) I really need to make one of these for my preschool class!! :)

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  12. If you have a dollar tree near you they have the balls there for $1.00 each! I am planning my sons 6th birthday party now and have had great luck finding them there as well as green, yellow, and blue ones! : )

  13. I just did this! and put it in my Blog hope you dont mind! but my son loves this! he has angry birds that are bean bags so i didnt use the ball!

  14. Love, Love this tutorial! I was able to find red, yellow, green, & blue balls to make 4 Angry Birds! I linked to your tutorial on my blog: http://craftywithasideofcrazy.blogspot.com/

    Thanks Again!

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  16. This is AWESOME!!! my kids will LOVE this!

  17. My grandson wants an angry birds party for his 9th birthday. This idea with the cans is great. I'm having the party outside so there's not much clean-up. Do you have any other ideas for games/decorations. He had rather come to Nana's for his party than anywhere because I try to have unique party ideas...but need help on this one!

  18. These are awesome! I am going to make them for our school carnival - an update to the Crash the Cans game. So how did they fare after the party? Will this be something I can reuse next year?

  19. This should definitely be something you can use again next year. We had a few issues because a couple got stepped on. However, we were in the park with some really excited Kindergartners...accidents happen. I would imagine a school carnival would have a table or something that would help eliminate that possibility. Good luck! Send me a picture if you get a chance...I would love to see!

  20. Amei o jogo dos passarinhos, rsrs.

  21. Thank you SOOOOOOO much for such a great party game idea! I'm going to get on this ASAP as the Angry Birds party I'm doing is less than 2 weeks away. This will be SUCH a hit for all the 1st graders that will be there (my daughter included!) THANK YOU!!! YOU ROCK!

  22. Heidi-

    Seriously, given that Angry Birds is all the rage, this game would be perfect for a field day or end of the year school carnival. The color from that Martha Stewart paint are dead on! If you glazed the cans, I'm sure they would hold up well year after year too, {to address the above comment}.

    We featured your post at our field day round-up.

    Hope you have a lovely week!
    Nicolette & Karen
    editors of The Classroom Creative.

  23. Absolutely love this idea! We'll have to try this out since Sophia LOVES angry birds!

  24. Awesome game, I just really wished I had the time to do this…I have a newborn and I'm trying to plan my son's 8th bday. Have you considered selling these? How much??????? seriously!

  25. Jeannette-

    Hi! When would you need them by? I have considered it. I haven't been blogging for awhile cause I just moved and I am over my head in new home stuff. However, it is something I would consider... Let me know when you would need them. Also, just saw a bunch of new Angry Bird stuff at Target today in the back to school section...you might want to check it out.


  26. I'm going to use this idea for my sons party in November.He has already decided on an angry birds theme and since he is turning 6 this is really good for that age group

  27. This is soooo awesome! I wish I had time to do it for my 3-yo's bday party on Thursday, but maybe for my 12-yo's bday in August. They both love angry birds.

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  29. Hi Heidi!

    I am having an Angry Birds party for my son...where are your cans from? Also, would you consider selling this? If so, how much? You can email me at rising143@hotmail.com

    Thank you!

  30. I love these - I am making a set for my son's school fund raiser (but with a bean bag as a ball could bounce away), and one for his birthday party. Excellent idea and so economical.

    Have you considered joining Pinterest to help more people see your ideas?

  31. I was just trying to make these for my 5yr old nephew for his birthday, but I'm second guessing. I got the pull-top lids like you said, but I sliced my finger a couple times when cleaning the cans even with the "smooth, clean edge". I don't want to give him something he could hurt himself with. Did anyone else have this issue?

  32. Looks like you went to alot of trouble...but they turned out great & will make wonderful memories for your son! "Best party E-V-E-R, mom!"

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  34. This is such an excellent idea. I'm making these in the the next few days. This is probably a dumb question, but you did peel the labels off the cans, correct?

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  36. We received as a gift one of those can openers that opens the can without even having to touch the can once it starts. It leaves a smooth opening. (It's small enough to store in a drawer. We were skeptical, but it works.) One of those might help.

    I'm wondering how these have held up and if anyone has used a glaze to finish it off as someone mentioned? Also, would using other materials for the features (e.g. eyes) like felt help them lasts longer? Just some ideas I'm wondering about now. I'm not much of a crafter.

    Also, can anyone think of another character theme that would work well with this method? I know you could use anything you want, but Angry Birds really fits the game. Isn't there a Super Mario Brother game that involves cracking Yoshi's egg? Ideas like that are what I'm wondering about since this is such a great idea.

    Thanks so much for posting it!

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  38. Amazing! Love them and am planning on making them ASAP. The step by step instructions are much appreciated.Thank you so much!

  39. Thanks for inspiring me! I've linked to your post, too. Hope that's fine for you.


  40. these are adorable.. just want to be sure- you empty the cans first and stack them with the open side down?

  41. Heidi,

    Did you decide whether you would sell these? I'd love to buy!


  42. I love to see and read when someone makes somesthing fun everyone knows about. And its so laughable simple that a kid could do it. I will show this to my son so he can make these things for his cousins birthday

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