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Monday, November 22, 2010

Homemade Christmas Gift Tins: Things to do With Cans

What can you do with empty coffee cans? Soup cans? Vegetable cans? Here are some ideas for making Christmas Gift Tins to repurpose cans.
  • Wrapping paper 10 3/8 wide by 4 1/2 for 14.5 oz cans
  • Glitter pens
  • Rubber stamps
  • Glue (I use hot glue)
  • Card stock for the tag
Randomly stamp the gift paper then color the stamps with glitter pens. Add swirls or leaves and flowers. Let dry. Glue paper on to the can. Insert tissue or cellophane inside the can.
Cut out the tag. Use a glitter pen on the edge of the tag.
  • Acrylic paint
  • Card stock (I use plain white) 10 3/8 by 4 1/2 for 14.5 oz cans
  • Brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Glass paint used for dots and stitches
  • Gold felt tip pen
Paint red stripes from top to bottom spaced the width of the brush on card stock. Let dry. Paint red stripes from side to side. Let dry. Using a gold color pen, draw lines two top to bottom in the white space between the red stripes. Draw three gold lines side to side in the white space between the red stripes. NOTE: Don't worry if the stripes are wavy or crooked. Just have fun!

Cut out the tag. With the gold color felt tip pen, draw a few branches then draw "pine needles". With red and green glass paint, add dots randomly. Let dry.
Insert tissue or cellophane inside the can.
I used acrylic paint to paint the rose buds and the flower on card stock. Ran ribbon around the bottom of the can gluing it into place in assorted spots. With green glass paint, I painted "stitches" around the edge of the gift tag. Lastly, I inserted cellophane inside the can.

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