HCue: How To Make a Cammo Can

What you’ll need:

  • Ammo can – Buy online or at an army surplus store
  • Flat camo spray paint – Green, black, and brown
  • Foliage – Ferns, cedar, and weeds all work well (avoid plants with too much surface area like leaves)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Newspaper
  • Geocaching stencil Optional… but awesome



  1. CLEAN – Wash off any dirt on the surface of the ammo can so that the paint will hold.
  2. PAINT GREEN  Cover any lettering or other coloring with green spray paint.
  3. ARRANGE FOLIAGE Apply looped scotch tape to back of foliage and arrange it facing the same direction on one side of the can for a natural effect.
  4. PAINT ALTERNATE COLORS Painting lightly, make three wide diagonal stripes with black spray paint, then apply two brown stripes in between. Quickly lift off the foliage and let it dry.
  5. REPEAT STEPS 3 & 4 ON ALL SIDES Since you are painting lightly, you should be able to paint in an order that allows sides to dry as you go.
  6. LABEL To make your Cammo Can official, add a Geocaching Logo Stencil to the front.
  7. HIDE You know what to do from here. And if you don’t, go here.

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