With below freezing temperatures for the last two weeks we have been drinking a lot of this…

no, I mean a LOT!

The containers are nice and it seemed a bit of a waste to throw them away — so, to make something good out of our bad habit we re-purposed them.

With only spray adhesive and wrapping paper they become great gift containers.

Remove the label. These cans have a label that is only attached with one skinny line of glue dots where the paper overlaps in the back. If you like the simple look of the cardboard canister, a vertical label or decoration would be all you need to cover the glue.

To cover the can, cut a strip of wrapping paper the height of the container (between the metal top and bottom) and long enough to overlap about an inch when wrapped around the container. Spray  adhesive on the back of the paper and wrap around the container. If you don’t have spray adhesive, no worries— a glue stick would also work.

Now, I will make some cute heart labels, fill the containers with  peppermint popcorn or heart shaped sugar cookies and we have a perfect little Valentine’s Day gift!

Actually these would be great for any holiday or occasion!

Notes: I had wanted to use scrapbooking paper but it just wasn’t quite wide enough for these cans. This is a great project to use up those last strips of wrapping paper that aren’t quite wide enough to wrap a gift.

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  1. I really enjoy this – it’s a great idea, simple, and totally resourceful. Captain planet would be proud! ha ha 😉

  2. Yes! I love this. Many of our Christmas gifts were packaged in coffee cans, oatmeal containers, or Pringles containers this year. They were super-cute wrapped just as you have done and tied with a tulle bow, then finished off with one of the cute tags I downloaded from… your blog. 🙂

  3. My family goes through TONS of crystalite containers. I have NEVER thrown any of them away. I have always saved the tubular containers and lids and filled them with goodies at valentines, easter and Christmas for the kids classmates. We do the same thing and cover them with wrapping paper! Awsome gifts!

  4. I did this with my daughters baby formula cans. I put my ribbons,sewing thread,and notions in them. They look good on my sewing shelf.

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