Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How-To Tuesday: Make Easy Decorative Cans

Happy Tuesday! Is it just me, or does your whole week feel really thrown off when there is a Monday holiday?  So, since I'm feeling lazy, and I'm sure you are as well, this How-To Tuesday is so super simple I just did the tutorial this morning in minutes!

How-To make pretty cans to use throughout your home

The can I made this morning
Cans I made for the start of spring
The cans here were used with old candy tins from Christmas. With the winter decorations, I had no use for these until another 10 months, so I covered them with spring paper! One has been filled with flowers, and the other is filled with jelly beans (Don't you love when all that Easter candy goes on sale for 50% off?!)

Let's get started!....

Step 1:  Find any empty can around your house. Canned veggie or soup cans are a great size. I found this espresso can in our freezer (of course) so that's what I'll use today...
Steps 1 and 2: find a can and measure it!

Step 2:  Measure the height of your can from the bottom lip to the top lip. My espresso can measured 5" tall.

Step 3:  Find yourself some great patterned paper in your stash, and cut it at the height of your can (So I cut a strip at 5 inches)
Step 3: Cut your paper... isn't this paper so cute?!
Step 4:  Simply wrap your paper strip around the can and tape it in the back! If you want to leave it like that then You're Finished!
Step 4: Wrap the paper and tape!

Or for bonus points...

Step 5:  Decorate the paper with whatever embellishments you have around. I attached some bling rhinestones and buttons to the centers of the flowers.  You can use ribbons, glitter, stickers, stamps... anything you want to get the look you need
Step 5: embellish! All finished!

You're really finished! Just figure out what you want to put in your tin.  These would be easy storage for your craft area, and you can make it to match anything you want.  I could use this tin to hold all my writing markers, or maybe to hold my summer pinwheels from last week's How-To.

This is such an easy craft with endless options, and this is definitely kid friendly!

Have fun! What do you use your storage cans for? (I also have ones full of beer bottle caps and wine corks, ha)

<3 RWK
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