Unique Gift Packaging Ideas
Quick and Easy Recycled Craft Idea
Want a different way to wrap your presents? Look no further than your own trash can. I love to use leftover cans and cereal boxes to make unusual and personalized containers for gifts. Better yet, these packages are easy for others to reuse in giving a gift or they make a nice storage container. My kids invented this craft idea and I love it because it is cheap, quick, and easy.
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- Cans or oatmeal boxes
- Gift wrap or scrapbooking paper (leftovers are fine). You can even use magazine pictures.
- Mod Podge (find at craft stores), you can also use regular glue but it may not be shiny or work quite as well.
- Paint brushes.
- Hole Punch and paper cutter (useful if you have them)
- Hot glue gun (for attaching heavier decorations)
- Optional: stickers, buttons, flowers or other scrapbooking type embellishments
- Measuring and Cutting Paper for Front: Put the can on the back of the paper to measure for cutting. Roll the can and mark using a pencil. Make sure you cut the paper a little bit longer than the can so it overlaps. Cut the paper at the line you marked with a pencil.
- Attaching the Front: Brush Mod Podge over the outside of the container and then place the container on the edge of the paper and roll it on. Put a little Mod Podge on the edge of the paper where it overlaps so that it will stick. If you don’t want to do the inside of the can, then you can skip to step 9.
- Measuring and Cutting Paper for the Inside: Measure another paper for the inside of the can by rolling it up and sticking it inside. Make sure it goes all the way to the bottom then mark where it meets the top of the can with a pencil. Pull it out and cut about a ½ inch above the pencil line.
- Attaching the Inside Paper. Brush Mod Podge all over the inside of the can. Put the paper back inside the can and press against the sides.
- Finishing the Top of Can. Make small cuts all around the outside of the paper sticking up out of the can about every ½ inch or so. Put a line of Mod Podge around the edge of the can and press those cut pieces down.
- Top Edge Decoration: Cut a strip of contrasting paper about 1 inch wide. Brush Mod Podge on the top of the can (on top of the cut strip line. Press the contrasting paper strip around that top edge of the can to hide the cut strip and make the top smooth.
- To finish the bottom and inside of can: use the bottom of the can to measure a circle to cover the bottom. If you want to cover the bottom of the can then cut the second circle. When you put the bottom circle on the container, you will want to push it up against the sides.
- Make Can Shiny: If you want your can to have a glossy finish, then brush Mod Podge over the whole can.
- Let can dry. Set your recycled gift container on a piece of wax paper or plastic bag to dry. It will take about an hour.
- Add Decorations: You can dress up your can in lots of ways. You can add stickers, or buttons or flowers (use a hot glue gun or glue dots for heavier items).
- Make Tag: make tags for your gift by cutting matching papers into rectangles that are 3 inches by 6 inches. Fold them over and hole punch one corner. Make them fancier by tearing one edge (as you can see in the picture) or adding a button or other embellishment.
- Wrap Your Gift: String a ribbon through the hole and tie it around your gift container when it is dry. Tuck in your gift and a few sheets of tissue paper. Your friends and family will love this useful container that they can use to wrap another present in, or as a decorative place to store craft items, office supplies, bathroom items, toys or other small items.
Recycled Can Craft ideas
Easy Craft Idea for Groups
My kids have loved making these easy recycled cans. I like the fact that these are a useful and cheap project you can make with a large group. Most of the items can be brought from home. They can make a good VBS craft project too.
You can do more decorating to the can too. My kids have decorated them with flowers, stickers, and scrapbooking embellishments. My readers must like this idea too because I suddenly got 100 people looking at this hub in one day! If you are one of my new readers, I'd love you to comment and tell me what you think!