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Coffee Can Totem Pole

totem pole art project This was my solution to finish off my coffee can totem pole project, going with the kind of “wooden” look that kraft paper does so well.
  • Jumbo Coffee Cans, about 8 for each pole
  • Duct tape
  • Brown packing paper
  • Paper mache
  • Sharpie marker
  • Tempera paint, black
  1. Tape together about 8 jumbo sized coffee cans with heavy tape for each totem pole.
  2. Students tear up brown packing paper and mache it onto the cans, rubbing it as smooth. Let dry for several days.
  3. Starting with pencil, then marker, draw a totem pole face on each can.
  4. The paper mache will be kind of bumpy, so to get final black lines, trace the marker lines with a small brush dipped in black tempera cake paint.