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Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

This 4th of July, celebrate by making this patriotic Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam. This Uncle Sam craft is made with a chip can that is painted and decorated with red and blue craft foam to create a fun decor piece. 

Dig into that recycle bin, get the kiddos involved, and create your very own Uncle Sam, to display on the mantel for the Fourth of July.

Enjoy placing this patriotic craft anywhere in your home, such as the front door, fireplace mantel, table, etc. Anywhere you place this Uncle Sam figurine will be filled with patriotic joy. 

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

This budget-friendly craft is easy to make and only uses a few materials. You can find the materials at your local craft store, Dollarstore, or online. 

Whether you’re hosting a Fourth of July party or just want to celebrate with your family, these recycled chip can Uncle Sam crafts are perfect for patriotic holidays!

They are easy to make and don’t take up much time.

In about 1 hour, you’ll have a sparkly red, white, and blue Uncle Sam ornament ready to celebrate the 4th of July!

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

HOW TO MAKE ARE A PATRIOTIC RECYCLED CHIP CAN UNCLE SAM

A chip can is transformed into a festive Uncle Sam figurine the whole family will enjoy! Are you ready to get started?

You’ll find the specific material amounts and detailed instructions in the printable craft at the bottom of this post.

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PATRIOTIC RECYCLED CHIP CAN UNCLE SAM MATERIALS

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

This patriotic Uncle Sam craft uses easy to find materials to create a decoration your family will love. All you need is:

  • Pringles recycled chip can 
  • some acrylic craft paint 
  • craft foam in various colors 
  • a few wiggle eyes
  • silver glitter cardstock 
  • Uncle Sam Chip Can Patterns 

PATRIOTIC RECYCLED CHIP CAN UNCLE SAM CRAFT INSTRUCTIONS

Begin by gathering all the craft supplies. 

Clean the inside and outside of the chip can with a damp paper towel and soap.

Allow it to dry.

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

Using a paintbrush, apply a base coat of white acrylic paint to the outside of the chip can. 

Set aside to dry and apply a second coat, if necessary. 

Download, print, and cut out all Uncle Sam Chip Can Patterns. 

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

Trace onto red, white, and blue craft foam according to the instructions on the pattern sheet with a pencil or marker. 

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

Cut out all patterns with scissors.

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

Attach red craft foam stripes vertically to the top of the chip can with the glue gun and glue sticks. 

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

Glue the blue craft foam hat band onto the chip can horizontally. 

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

Slide the red craft foam hat brim on the top chip can and secure it with glue under the hatband. 

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

Trace face pattern onto chip can with a pencil. 

Paint Uncle Sam’s face with the flesh tone color of your choice. 

Let the paint dry and apply a second coat, if necessary.

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

Punch out six stars and one nose from silver glitter cardstock. 

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

Assemble Uncle Sam’s facial features using the photos as a guide. 

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

Attach the stars onto a blue hat band with the glue gun and glue sticks.

In about 1 hour, you’ll have a fun Uncle Sam figurine that’s sure to become a new favorite!

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

RECYCLED CHIP CAN UNCLE SAM TIPS AND QUESTIONS

If you’ve never made a craft out of a chip can, don’t worry! Below are some common questions and helpful tips.

Hopefully, this will answer any questions you may have. If not, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll answer the best I can.

HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO MAKE A RECYCLED CHIP CAN UNCLE SAM?

This Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam craft takes approximately 50 minutes. TOTAL. This includes:

  • About 5 minutes to clean the chip can and allow to dry
  • Close to 10 minutes to paint the chip can white
  • Around 15 minutes to cut out the craft foam patterns
  • 15 minutes to attach each craft foam cutout to the chip can
  • 5 minutes to paint the face and attach the features
Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

CAN I REUSE THIS RECYCLED CHIP CAN UNCLE SAM DECORATION EACH YEAR?

You can reuse this Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam every year. It will be a great addition to your patriotic homemade holiday decor items. 

CAN I USE A DIFFERENT CONTAINER INSTEAD OF A CHIP CAN?

You can use any container you want instead of a chip can to make this craft. Make sure the container is a similar size to a chip can.

You can also roll cardboard into a cylinder size and use that instead of a chip can. 

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

CAN I USE THIS UNCLE SAM CRAFT AS TABLE DECOR?

Yes, you can use this Uncle Sam craft to decorate your table at your 4th of July party.

The red, white, and blue theme of this decor item will look great with all of your patriotic recipes.

WHAT GOES WELL WITH A RECYCLED CHIP CAN UNCLE SAM?

This Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam would look great on a table with a wide variety of Patriotic recipes. These recipes would look great together.

Some of my personal favorites include:

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

CAN I USE CONSTRUCTION PAPER INSTEAD OF CRAFT FOAM?

Yes, you can use colored construction paper instead of craft form to decorate this Uncle Sam craft. The craft will not look the same but it’ll still look great!

This Uncle Sam craft has so many different ways to be decorated, and you don’t even need any crafting materials!

You can use a wide variety of colors for the construction paper or just get creative with markers.

The construction paper will not be as durable as the craft foam.

WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD TO THIS RECYCLED CHIP CAN UNCLE SAM?

This fun Recycled Chip Uncle Sam craft not only looks great, but it’s also incredibly versatile.

Try taking a knife and cutting a slit in the lid that is large enough to fit coins to turn it into a piggy bank. 

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

PATRIOTIC RECYCLED CHIP CAN UNCLE SAM

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Patriotic Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam

Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam Patriotic Craft

This 4th of July, celebrate by making this patriotic Recycled Chip Can Uncle Sam. This Uncle Sam craft is made with a chip can that is painted and decorated with red and blue craft foam to create a fun decor piece. 

Prep Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Recycled Chip Can, Pringles – Dollar Store
  •  Acrylic Craft Paint – White, Flesh Tone of Choice
  • Craft Foam; Red, Blue White – Dollar Store
  • Wiggle Eyes – Dollar Store
  • Silver Glitter Cardstock – Dollar Store
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or Marker
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Paper Punch – Star
  • Hole Punch – ¼” Circle
  • UNCLE SAM CHIP CAN PATTERNS

Tools

  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush
  • Pencil or Marker
  • Paper Punch – Star
  • Hole Punch – ¼” Circle

Instructions

    1. To begin, gather all supplies. Clean the inside and outside of the chip can with a damp paper towel. Apply a basecoat of white acrylic paint to the outside of the chip can. Set aside to dry and apply a second coat, if necessary.
    2. Download, print and cut out all Uncle Sam Chip Can Patterns. Trace onto red, white, and blue craft foam according to instructions on pattern sheet with pencil or marker. Cut out all patterns with scissors.
    3. Attach red craft foam stripes vertically to the top of the chip can with the glue gun and glue sticks. Glue the blue craft foam hat band onto the chip can horizontally. Slide the red craft foam hat brim on the to chip can and secure with glue under the hat band.
    4. Trace face pattern onto chip can with a pencil. Paint Uncle Sam’s face with flesh tone color of your choice. Let dry and apply a second coat, if necessary.
    5. Punch out six stars and one nose from silver glitter cardstock. Assemble Uncle Sam’s facial features using the photos as a guide. Attach stars onto blue hat band with the glue gun and glue sticks.

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WHAT’S NEXT

This patriotic craft is a fun and easy way to get in the spirit of 4th of July celebrations.

Get your kids involved with this Uncle Sam project by having them help paint, cut out red and blue foam pieces, or decorate the chip can.

You’ll soon be ready for some fourth of July festivities!

I hope you enjoy this DIY Uncle Sam craft as much as my family does!

If you get a chance to try it, let us know! Leave us a comment below, or share it with a picture on Instagram or Facebook! Don’t forget to tag us @kelly_reci_ and use the hashtag #Kellysthoughtsonthings so we can see what amazing meals you are cooking up!

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