Grandpa, whose house we spent our summers at when we were kids, would never cease to amaze me with what he could do with an empty coffee can. All in the name of “Cheap Entertainment”, a phrase he coined and has become a part of our family’s vernacular. Coffee can stilts are an “oldie but goody” to try on long summer days. Once they’re made the kids will spend hours playing with them!

2 coffee cans with lids. The wider mouthed the better. The larger circumference is easier on feet.

A screw driver or drill

Fabric or rope around 8 feet total depending on the height of the person using them.

Paint if you want to decorate.

Step 1

Take off the lids and make sure the cans are empty. Using a Phillips Head screwdriver or drill, place two holes directly across from each other about 1/2 an inch form the top of the can. Paint, cover with stickers, or leave plain. If you’ve painted them let them dry.

Step 2

Thread fabric or rope through the holes making the knots on the inside of the can. We cut 1 1/2 inch strips of fabric; 4 feet per can. Instead of rope, we chose fabric for the added element of color and because it is softer on little hands.

Step 3

Put the lid back on the can. Grab your handles and hop on! *Note: We made ours with the lids on top.  Doing it this way was softer on little feet. However, when mama tried it, we realized to sustain her weight we should probably  use the extra structure of the metal bottoms.


Author: McKenzie Satterthwaite

Mom of 2 boys McKenzie (Mack) founded Real Mom Daily because of her own need to connect with like minded women and companies. Environmental sustainability and social justice run through the veins of everything in Mack's life. She just spent a year in Bali, Indonesia where her kids attended the Green School. They lived in a simple house in the middle of the rice paddies in Ubud. Now back in Los Angeles, simplicity is quickly forgotten. Prior to REAL MOM DAILY, Mack co-founded and created Camp Chat and the XMA (Extreme Martial Arts) Life skills and Leadership Program which is licensed by over 2,000 martial arts schools around the world. Mack also did a stint as a lead character on the soap opera As The World Turns. Jett Lee taught her how to fire a gun (though she'd NEVER keep one in her home), she's had a few too many vodkas with Jackie Chan, she's written 2 screen plays, made a short film, fully renovated 6 houses, started 4 companies, and as a kid detasseled corn in Illinois (yes, she can drive a tractor) and like many entrepreneurs, she once had a paper route. With Real Mom Daily Mack interfaces with influencers, companies and politicians on city, state and national levels to advocate for issues that stand for social good. Mack's Quaker upbringing gives her an appreciation for all things simple. She cooks dinner and has a nightly moment of silence before her family eats at a table often graced by friends and family. When she looks at her glass she sees it half full but... she's a skipping contradiction. View all posts by McKenzie Satterthwaite

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