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.