Receiving a gift is always fun, but even more fun when it comes in a unique container! Like, for example, a darling flip-top can!
Not only are these cute, but the recipient gets to open the can using the unopened pull-ring!
Here are six of the Gift-in-a-Cans I have made and given:
On all six of these, the pull-ring on the top is unopened! It's hard to spot cuz it's buried under the ribbons! The cans are filled with fun gifts!
All of these cans started out in life as a regular, basic pull-ring-top can, but ended up ~ after I got done with them ~ festively dressed and ready to delight someone!
(I have yet to make one out of a small 8-ounce
can, but the principles are the same!)
Here are tops of four Gift-in-a-Cans I've made. They have similarities, but the color schemes, ribbon types, and embellishments make each one unique.
THE GOODIES INSIDE
Here are the items I stuffed into the bottom of the Birthday Party in-a-Can before I glued the can's "bottom lid" back on. The top is not the opened end; that's where the pull-ring and the ribbon-ties are, so we load the goodies from the opened-up bottom.
HOW DID YOU DO THAT?!
Wondering how in the world can I put MY stuff inside a can without opening the pull-top?!
In this blog post series, I'm going to give you all the instructions and Free Printables you need to create one of these, plus ideas for several different can themes and items to put inside them...
LINKS & PRODUCTS
If an item is underlined, there's a link in it. A few of the links take you to tutorials, other blogs, or other articles here at Honeycomb Oasis. Many are links to products...
Products you can buy, most of which I have bought, used, and really like. Some are items I have not tried, but have provided for that convenience and/or to show you what the product looks like. All are products I would purchase now if I needed to buy an item again.
(If a link doesn't work or the product item is out of stock, pleeease let me know!)
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QUICK VIEW OF WHAT'S TO COME!
The blog post you're reading right now is:
Gift-in-a-Can: Themes & Contents (Part 1) [<<YOU ARE HERE!]
In the next four blog posts I'll be showing you how to:
Cover your Gift-in-a-Can (Part 2)
Decorate your Gift-in-a-Can (Part 3)
Fill, Seal, and Tag your Gift-in-a-Can (Part 4)
Organize Your Gift-in-a-Can Supplies (Part 5)
I guarantee that ALL of your questions will be answered in these posts! So let's start at the beginning with...
Comin' up next are a dozen Gift-in-a-Can themes! There are many others ~ listed at the end of this page ~ but this is plenty to get your creative juices flowing! Not so you'll perfectly duplicate my cans, item for item, but to give you ideas!
(If this feels overwhelming, just skim through the themes till you find ONE you'd like to make for someone.)
Birthday confetti - These are foil, multi-colored, and shiny, which doesn't show up here. Here are some similar ones that are Birthday confetti.
Cupcake liners - There are actually a couple dozen liners in the photo above; enough for one cake mix batch. I got mine at Michael's, so the patterned cupcake liners I've linked you to are different, but cute! And with several different patterns.
Rose-shaped soap - See that pink rose laying on its side next to the packet of tissue? That's SOAP! I got this box of 18 Rose-shaped Soaps and I wrap each one individually in a 3"X5" cellophane bag ~ which is perfect for 3"X5" recipe cards, if you use those, and tie it closed.
Decorative pencil - I got the floral one in the photo above at Michael's, but here's a fun animal print set on Amazon. Sharpen it down till it's short enough to fit in your can. (To get double the use out of one pencil, break it in half, sharpen both broken ends, and then put a pencil eraser cap on the "top" of the one end.)
Decorative tissues - A pack is nice if you have room, but if you have a lot of things to put in your can and need to save on space, just fold up one tissue. [Here are 16 Mini Packs of Tissue. This design is geometric, not floral like mine, which, again, I got at Michael's.]
Similar to the Birthday Gift Can above, the focus of this one is that it's a mini party in a can rather than being the gift itself! So it contains:
GET WELL GIFT
Lipton Chicken Noodle Cup-a-Soup - Symbolic of healing, but it also really does help! I can no longer get it at any grocery store in town, so I get my Lipton Chicken Noodle Cup-a-Soup by the case from Amazon! And, yes, between eating and giving it, I actually use it all!
Mini tissues packet - The tissues I've linked you to are not floral as are the ones in the photo above, but look at the messages on two of them! One is perfect for this Get Well can, and the other one is perfect for a Can of Comfort!
CAN OF COMFORT
The Can of Comfort is similar to the Get-Well Gift-in-a-Can, but different enough in purpose that I share both. This one is for someone going through an emotionally difficult time. Could be the death or serious illness of a loved one, but it could also be any hard situation.
Gift card to a favorite coffee shop - Better yet, find out what your recipient's favorite coffee shop is! Their spouse, BFF, parent or child should know their favorite candy or coffee shop!
Bookmarker with "Verses of Comfort" - I have provided a Free Printable for you that you can just print out (I like to print on glossy photo paper), and finish the top! I have allowed a margin at the top, and punched with Stampin' Up's Scalloped Tag Topper punch. If you use this punch, you'll want to cut your bookmarker just shy of 2 inches wide.) If you don't have a topper punch, just cut straight lines like a gift tag. (The bookmarker in the photo is in a plastic case, which I will talk about in future blog post. For now, let's keep it simple ~ just printed on photo paper, no case.) Here are links to the Free Printable for the bookmarker on the right:
"Verses of Comfort"
(editable but unstable)
(uneditable but stable)
Similar to the Christmas Can, this was for a Christmas Sock Exchange Party. I started with the Christmas light-themed socks. I had the tiny candy cups and the mini set of lights on hand, so I added those. Went to the Dollar Store and got the ornament to match the lights (2/$1!) and added one of those!
"Verses for Life"
(editable but unstable)
(not editable but stable)
Confetti - The confetti I'm linking you to is in graduation shapes, and is gold, silver, and black. (not the squiggles and balloons in the photo)
Graduation napkin - rolled up like a diploma. These graduation napkins are black and white, can be for male or female, and do not have the year on them ~ which is desirable if you want to make more of these cans in later years.
JUST-FOR-FUN EXTRA'S - These are not necessarily "graduationesque," but you could make them in the grad's school colors.
In both the photo above and the photo below, the main gift was the cash, so the other three items were a little larger and filled up the can.
CONTENTS: Here are several options, some pictured, some not:
This one is actually its own separate blog post called "Teacher Appreciation Gift-in-a-Can (Year-round)," so you can find all the details, product links, and a Free Printable there! For now, here's just a quick list of the contents...
FOR A SEWIST
("Sewist" sounds better than "sewer," right?)
CONTENTS: I made this can for my sister who invited me to her home ~ and her beautiful sewing studio ~ to make a quilt! She lives in Alaska and I'm in Washington state, so this was no short jaunt! She hosted me for four days, provided most of the supplies for the quilt, bought two body pillows just for me, bought the pattern for the French Rose quilt I made, and gave me ~ a slow-learner ~ much personal, patient instruction every step of the way!
So the contents of this can were just items I got at a fabric shop ~ sneakily, while she was shopping for other things! You'd get items that your recipient would enjoy. I added in a few candies and a coaster (the square with the old fashioned sewing machine) that I had bought at a quilt show. The bottom-middle item with tiny scissors is a mini pack of tissues!
In case the above ideas aren't enough for you, here are a dozen more! And, while there are no contents listed ~ cuz I haven't made any of these ~ there are tags for each of these in the Free Printable!
Valentine's Gift in-a-Can
Happy Fall Y'all! Gift-in-a-Can
New Job Kit in-a-Can
Can of Retirement Fun
Anniversary Party in-a-can
Bon Voyage in-a-Can
Bride Blessing in-a-Can
Off-to-College Kit in-a-Can
Can of Gratefulness
Can of Wedding Wonderfulness
Fitness Props in-a-Can
Happy 1st Day of School in-a-Can
WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?
Now that you have lots of ideas for making your own Gift-in-a-Can, narrow it down to just ONE theme, and decide who you want to make it for!
And comin' right up is practical step-by-step instructions to help you create it easily and quickly!
So the very next thing you need to do now is learn how to Cover your Gift-in-a-Can (Part 2)! See you over there!
And I'm going to warn you... I'm a...
I am very specific with my directions. That's because I give as much detail as I myself need!
If you are one who can figure things out by just looking at one picture, my instructions will be waaaaay too much information for you! So...
Just for you minimalists, I'm going to give you the BASIC, NO-frills, NO-details instructions for making a Gift-in-a-Can from start to finish!
Yes, I do realize this is the "covering the can" blog post, but I didn't want to have another whole separate blog post on just the Minimalist Instructions. So I've inserted them here so that, if this is all you need, you won't have to sift through the rest of my blog posts.
These instructions that include photos and details are what I myself would have wanted/needed, had I never made one of these before. Instructions that drive ME crazy are ones (probably written by minimalists) that don't give enough detail for me to know what to do every step of the way. I need as much clear detail as I can get!
I'd love to hear
your theme ideas in a