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Monday, December 7, 2009

Recycled Can to Christmas Gift Container

I am one of those people who can't throw any thing away, because I know that I'll be able to use it for something, sometime, Here is a perfect example! We always pick these little cans of cashews up when we go to our local home store and I knew that I could use them for something. So, when when the design team at Practical Scrappers was challenged to create a gift wrap idea, I knew that this was the project I had to do! Everything that I used for this project was from my stash or recycled from some other source.
For this project, I used a light-weight patterned paper. I lined the bottom edge of the paper along the edge of the metal ring at the bottom of the container and made a pencil mark on the paper where the inside of the top metal ring was.
I used that line to cut along the whole length of the paper.
Next, I wrapped the paper around the can and made a pencil mark, letting the mark overlap the bottom paper about an inch or so. Then I used my paper trimmer and cut where the pencil mark was. Then, I used my glue runner and put along one of the short ends of the paper and placed the paper on the can making sure that it was centered. I then added adhesive to the top and bottom edges of the paper as I wrapped the paper around the can.
Now you can decorate the can more or leave it as it is! I found some thin strips of vellum in my paper stash and decided to cut along one edge with my scallop, deco scissors and adhered a piece to the top and bottom edge of the can. That clear, circle glob is a big, glue dot and I used to add the tag. :-)
For the tag, I stamped a candy cane in red ink and then colored it in with a red marker. Then I added some Crystal Effects over the candy cane and then sprinkled it with some Diamond Dust. After it was dry, I cut the candy cane out and added it to the tag.
For tFor the tag, I just stamped the sentiment onto a piece of watercolor paper and then went over each letter with a blender pen that I had picked up some red ink with. It is double mounted on a scrap piece of the patterned paper and then a piece of yellow paper. I rubbed the edges of the yellow paper with some course sand paper and also along the top of the star that I punched from a piece of yellow, corrugated paper. I adhered the candy cane on, added a small, red bow and topped the bow with the yellow star and then put the tag on the container using the glue dot. The finishing touch was stuffing the container with some yellow, crinkle paper that I saved from some Christmas gift boxes that we had received last year. I always save the stuffing from those boxes, because I use it all of the time for gifts that I make all of the time!

And here you go! The finished container! And, a great way to recycle!

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful tutorial and what a great idea...the project looks great!


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