I love wrapping gifts in fun and unusal ways. One of my recent favorites is putting small items, gift cards in particular, inside a aluminum can. I saw a similar idea online last year. But unfortunately can’t find the original source. If I find it I’ll be sure to link it here.
The big key here is to use a side opening can opener. I went out last year to buy one special just for this project, and have enjoyed using it in my kitchen the rest of the year. I considered it a “craft supply” investment.
~ Side opening can opener
~ Pop-top can (fruit cocktail is a nice choice)
~ Gift Card
~ Filler – M&Ms, jelly beans, other
~ Tissue paper
~ Hot Glue Gun
~ Gift wrap
Step 1) Open the BOTTOM of the can. This is key. On the side opener that I have, there are these tiny little grippers that make it very easy to remove the
top bottom of the can. Without it, it can be a bit of a bear to get off.
Step 2) Empty the can, and give the fruit to your kids in a cute holiday bento. Rinse and dry the can.
Step 3) Put card in the can and fill with candy filler. Leave some room at the top. I like to fill it to the height of the card. This leaves room for the tissue paper and give some space for some very satisfying rattling.
Step 5) You can either glue the can or the lid. Fit them together quickly
Step 6) It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Step 7) Wrap it up! And enjoy the “How did you do it” questions.