Gift in a Can

This weeks low cost Mothers Day gift idea, is more about the packaging then the gift. Sealing them in a can for your Mom  to open will leave them wondering how you got them in the can! Perfect to hold a small gift such as jewelry, gift cards, scarves, candy or more. This is also a fun idea for giving money to a graduate or birthday presents too.

You can make it easy and use a small "pop top" style can OR you can use a regular can and make them use a  can opener to open the can. It's up to you!

Jan's tip: you need to make sure the bottom of the can is not a rounded edge bottom style. You want the bottom to be the kind you can use a can opener on to open. (The small 4 oz. poptop style fruit cans are perfect). Use ONLY a safety style can opener not a regular one. This will allow you to hot glue the bottom lid of the can back on and reseal the can.

Small gifts
Tin can that is big enough to hold gifts
safety style can opener
hot glue gun
scrapbooking paper
double stick tape or glue
embellishments; (ribbons, flowers, etc.)


Using a SAFETY style Can opener, Open BOTTOM of the can (NOT THE TOP!)

Carefully cut the label off the can (save it to use as template later)
Drain out the food contents of the can.
Wash and dry the can and the removed lid.
Use the removed label as a template, trace around it with a pencil on the back side of scrapbook paper and cut it out with scissors.
Using double stick tape or glue, glue the new paper label to the can.
Stuff the gift and any confetti, etc. into can.
 (Remember you are putting them in upside down, from the bottom, so put in the items you want them to see first in the bottom of the can. then layer the rest of the gift).

Hot glue the bottom of the lid back onto can sealing it as tightly as you can.

Finish embellishing can with any added ribbons and trims/tags you desire.


  1. I had done this to my grandkids at Christmas time only I had left the label on the can so all the grandkids thought they where all getting a can of fruit cocktail for Christmas. The looks on their faces was priceless until they opened up their cans later and actually seen what was inside and then smiles came to their faces. They just never know what their grandma will do. :} I like to keep them guessing that way. :}

    1. I love that! will have to remember that one!

  2. Your cans looked lovely as present!


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