Monday, December 21, 2009

Paint Can Present

I wish I could take credit for this idea. Alas it originally came from here. I just took my own spin on it.

Here's a how-to on this Paint Can Present.

Step 1: Get an empty paint can. I found this at a hardware store for a few bucks. They had a few different sizes. If you have an empty paint can, that would work too. Of course, it'll be covered in paint, but that could be awesome!

Step 2: Trace the top of the can onto paper, then cut it out. Secure with hot glue. (I use low-temp hot glue just because I'm excellent at burning myself on anything.)

Step 3: Cut sheets of paper (I started with a 12" by 12" piece of scrapbooking paper.) to fit the bucket. Hot glue to the can or tape down.

Step 4: Use a matching but different kind of paper around the bottom of the can. Again, double-sided tape or hot glue will work best.

Step 5: I then used a totally different (but still coordinating) paper to cover the seams. It's totally not important, but I just did it. It also covers up the fact that the lines of the paper on the bottom don't line up. :)

Step 6: Take ribbon or yarn to cover the bucket's handle. Again, totally not important, but I did it for an added touch.

Step 7: Add a tag (and a can opener to open the can if you have one) and tie it on. I added a few pieces of embellishment to match the tag to the can.

Step 8: Put your gift inside and hammer shut.

I think this is perfect for new homeowners or newly weds in their first place because it matches the (likely) theme for their year -- fixing up the new place -- with Christmas. In this one, I included gift cards to a few hardware and decorating stores. Then, they can store it for next year or give it away with a gift to someone else.

I'm showing off at The Gypsy's Corner.

The Girl Creative


Sharlotte said...

Cute! I like these. I really like the handles! Merry Christmas!

Shana said...

Really cute! I like the paint can idea! I saw the others, but this is neat too!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

Always love this idea. I did a few last year.

The Girl Creative said...

That came out so cute! I just found your blog through Today's Creative Blog and am going to add this project to my "Just Something I Whipped Up" party (every Monday) today. I just became a follower and I'm going to add you to my blog roll as well. Love your blog design.:)

Jami said...

Hi Kimberly! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing these over the top cute cans!


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