Have a super crafty day!

As another school year draws closer to the end I am reminded about all of the last minute things I need to get done! There are book reports, field trips, performances, kindergarten graduation, I could go on and on but I will spare you. The end of the school year is a crazy time at my house and I am sure for you it is too.
As the end of the school year gets closer I start to think about clever little gift ideas, something that will let my kids teachers know just how much we appreciate them without breaking the bank.
This year I also have been trying to re-purpose various items and do my part to be a little bit more green, because heavens knows around my house it seems we waste way to much. Today I have a little treat container that I am going to share with you made out of an “up” cycled food can. With just a little bit of supplies, you too could create one!
Supplies Needed:
1. Crop-a-dile
2. Pliers
3. Paper Trimmer
4. Gauge Wire
5. GCD Pattern Papers, embellishments, etc.
6. Food Can (wash and sanitized)
7. Ribbon, filler
8. Adhesive
9. Pen, etc.
Step 1:
You need a recycled food can. This one happens to be a green bean can but you can use any can that you wish. Make sure that you do not have sharp edges on your can – my can opener cuts the entire lid off of the can so there are not any sharp edges exposed. Remove food and sanitize. I sanitize mine in my dishwasher - I actually have a sanitize cycle so that is what I use.
Step 2:
Cover the inside and outside with pattern paper. Also, cover the round bottom by cutting a circle either with your die cutting machine or paper punch. Note: when you cover the inside I found it works best if you apply your adhesive and then roll up your paper like this:

Step 3:
Using your crop-a-dile punch two holes into your can on opposite sides.

Step 4:

Cut off a good about of gauge wire (I purchased mine at Home Depot- click here to see the wire online) and wrap it around a pencil or pen to make some curls in it. Attach it into each hole and secure it by using your pliers.

Step 5:

Embellish and fill with candy or a small gift.
Here's my finished project:

I hope you will give it a try! Have a super crafty day!



  1. Neat gift idea and what a way to "up" cycle!

  2. Great idea! I love the tip on adhering the inside of the can - thanks for sharing that!!

  3. What a totally cute idea...and I love that it is Green!

  4. OMGoodness, I love this idea! Fabulous project Jennifer!

  5. How FUN is this project!!!? LOVE it!!

  6. It's easy to forget about such clever and inexpensive things like this. Love it!!