Gift In Recycled Pop-Top Can

Looking for a unique and eco-friendly way toThe surprised look you get when you give the decorated can as a gift is so worth the effect.  Recycling your pop top soup cans will be a sure way your special gift will be remembered!

Materials:

  • Pop top soup can (opened from bottom of can)
  • Can Opener that makes a clean cut out from the side not the middle of can (I used a Pampered Chef can opener)
  • Holiday paper or wrapping paper
  • 8″ – 10″ piece of ribbon (to hold gift inside can)
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape
  • Glue (Super Glue, Weldbond or any strong glue)
  • Gift that will fit inside the can-gift card, money, jewerly, key to new car
  • Optional: Gift tag, extra ribbon, bells, stickers for decorating can, Zots adhesive dots

Directions:

Your can needs to be a pop top can (like some soup and veggie cans), and the can opener is the key to this unique gift wrap idea. I used a Pampered Chef can opener, it cuts the can open from the side, making it possible to glue back on without anyone notice. First pick your can and open from the BOTTOM.  Remove label, clean the inside and bottom cut out piece,and dry them off.

Cut wrapping paper or holiday scrapbook paper to fit around can, and tape in place. Add decorative ribbon or sticks.  Now it’s time to put your special gift in!  With a piece of ribbon about 8″ – 10″ long, tape or tie your gift to one end and on the other end stick strong double stick tape (I like to use Zots clear adhesive dots). You are going to stick the ribbon with tape on it to the inside top of the can, I use the earser end of a pencil to gently push taped end to stick to the inside of the can.

Put your gift into the can, and run your glue around the edge of bottom of the can (the piece you cut out) and place back on can. Push and hold in place, wipe out extra glue and let dry. You can’t even see that the can has been opened! 🙂

Add a gift tag and get ready for your special gift to be opened.  You might get some interesting looks, just point to the top and watch them pop in open.

What a fun way to give a gift!  Are you having soup tonight?!?

So much fun let’s do it again…what will be in this one?!

If anyone’s lucky enough to be getting a new car, this is a great way to give the key!

 

 

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Paint With Plastic Wrap on Ornaments

Painting with plastic wrap gives these ornaments a new look.  This is a simple way to recycle and refresh your solid colored ornaments.  It’s so easy that the kids are going to want to make some with you!

Materials:

  • Glass or plastic plain ornaments any size
  • Acrylic Paints – I’m using red, dark green, metallic 14K gold
  • Plastic wrap or cut up plastic shopping bags
  • Paper plates
  • Clear Gloss Varnish and paint brush
  • Optional: gloves, decorative ribbon and glue, piper clear or string

 

Directions:

This technique can be done on glass or plastic ornaments.  I had a box of gold ornaments, and painted one red for my sample today.

I’m using a pipe cleaner to hang my ornament, to make it easier to work.  On a paper plate pour out your first color, you want to start with the darkest color and work to your lighter colors.  I’m starting with dark green.  Tear off a piece of plastic wrap about 6″ to 8″  (like Glad Cling Wrap) and squish it up and rub in the green paint.

You might want gloves, it is a little messy.  With the paint on the plastic wrap, go up and down on the ornament moving the plastic wrap around with your fingers.  This will make different designs, you do not want to rub or do a back and forth movement.  Do a little or a lot of color it’s all up to you.  I just did a little because I will be adding a new lighter color.

The next color I’m using is gold. Make sure the paint is dry, it does not take long.  Wash hands or change gloves, pour out your next color on to a paper plate.  Tear off  a new piece of plastic wrap, and do the same up/down motion, moving the plastic wrap around with finger.  Cover the ornament with as little or as much as you want.

Let dry and coat with clear gloss varnish.  Then finish by adding decorative ribbon around the top. I love to use them on the tree, but they are also great filling a bowl or tall vase to decorate around the house.

The color combinations are endless, check out the paints in bronze and copper next time you’re at the craft store!

 

Holiday Felt Wreath

This beautiful simple wreath is made from felt circles, and can be made in an afternoon.

Materials:

  • Foam Ring (I used12″ ring)
  • Felt 1 1/2 yards
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins: pack with 300 or more (pins with plain heads, no colored tops)
  • 6″ piece of ribbon (for the hanger)
  • 3″ circle pattern

Directions:

Make a 3″ circle pattern from paper or card stock and use your circle pattern cut circles. I cut about 280 circles for mine.  If your scissors are sharp, try cutting 3 to 4 circles at a time.

One circle at a time, fold in half, then fold again.  Push straight pin through tip of felt, then push into the foam ring.  You will want to keep them close together,  try a few to see how close you like them. It took me about one hour to finish.  The great thing about using pins, you can move and adjust the felt pieces, making them closer or change the direction.

To make a hook to hang your wreath, cut a piece of ribbon about 6″ long, using two straight pins make a loop for hanging.

This wreath can be in any color that will go with your color scheme – the possibilities are endless with your fabric and color choi

 

 

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