Nothing sets the mood at summer camp like a totem pole, especially one flickering in the light of a bonfire. Make a tin can version for your backyard camp by painting your family portraits on coffee cans.
First, cut the bottom off each coffee can with a can opener, then give a can to each person to paint his or her portrait on.
While the paint is drying, choose the can that you want to put on top of your totem pole and set 1 of its 2 lids to the side. Use a craft knife to cut a quarter-size asterisk in the center of each of the other lids, then set the lids aside.
Next, use scissors to cut the ridged spout from each plastic jug (recycle the rest of the jug) and set aside the spouts.
Finally, draw the wings on the detergent bottle, as shown, and cut them out (recycle the rest of the bottle).
Once the cans are dry, place a lid on the top and bottom of each, using the uncut lid for the top of the can that will crown your totem pole. As shown in the diagram at left, wrap a thick layer of duct tape about 6 inches from the bottom end of the dowel, then add the cans, jug spouts, and wings.
Place the finished totem pole in your yard by pushing the dowel into the ground.