Welcome to those of you directed from Gaslight and Gilt.
I thought I'd better describe this process as best I can. Please be aware that there are abundant opportunities for puns here, so, whenever I can, I will make one. See?
. This is how to make a small decorated tin can, sealed up, with an object of your choice inside.
The recipient will need a tin opener, or, if you're crafty, this can be made with a ring pull can, for instant access. Obviously, this kind of gift wrap isn't for people who shouldn't be around sharp metal.
You know, small children, my uncle, your brother-in-law..
It is only suitable for small items, as the size of tin you can use is dependent on the size of base disc you can find. It might be an idea to check out the sizes of chilled biscuit (UK) dough or croissants or biscuits (US)
I use the silver discs on the top of a frozen juice tube, so my tins are all rather small..
|Tin with ring pull lid|
|Tin. Just a tin can|
And the loose lid from one of these.
You need one of these
The brands all seem pretty similar. When you open a frozen juice, one of the lids just pops off, That's the one you want. If you can pry the cardboard out of the other end, more power to you. That gives you two bases.
Test the disc base against the tin.
You need it to be an exact fit.
Do this in Tesco's or Wal*Mart if need be.
It will give people something to stare at...
Measure the tin can around its circumference and from top to bottom in between the two metal rims. Extend the circumference a little, to allow for a neat seam at the back, and open an image document in any software you want/have the same size as your measurements, plus a tad more on the circumference. So. my tin measured 8" by 2.5 ". so I increased the width to 8 anna bit inches. All very scientific
Now make your image. It can be anything you want. I wanted pink and pretty, because my theme for Christmas is Marie Antoinette's Candy Shoppe, interpreted any way I please.
Here is my image..
You're welcome to use it, if you want it,
but check the sizeof the image
against the size of your tin.
It might need some adjusting.
Assemble all your equipment. The graphic, the clean, empty tin, the gift, the lid and some glue.
Got all that?
Cut out your tin label.
Glue it carefully onto the tin, between the two small metal rims.
Glue it on UPSIDE DOWN.
In other words, when you attach the image, the top of the image
will be against the side of the tin that still has an end attached.
See above if my explanation makes no sense at all.
If you're used to decorating tins for pencils or paintbrushes,
you need to attach this label the other way around
or you'll have to print out a new one and start again .
Put in the gift.
You do have a gift, don't you?
Don;t put in anything alive.
No scorpion surprises.
Because of the glue I'd advise against food.
Whoever would put food in a tin?
Put in the gift UPSIDE DOWN.
Pack some kind of decorative packing around it, like tissue paper, if you don't want it to rattle.
A cupcake liner might be just the right size for your tin and look pretty, too.
Make sure the packing is pushed in, away from where the base will be glued on.
But packing might not be necessary for some items.
Then, glue on the base. Use a good, non-drippy glue and leave to dry.
Essentially, you're done.
For a more masculine version, ideal for cuff-links,
flash drives and pocket chronometers, see my blog here.
I'd like to extend a warm thanks to all those who provided the graphics for the label.
Thank you to Karen ,of the Graphics Fairy
for the angel wings and the Victorian scraps and cards.
Thank you for everything you do.
Thank you to Plush Possum Studio
for the background
and the pretty painting of the Infanta,
which she sourced specially for me.
Thank you, dear Possum.
Thank you to Valerie B at The Sum Of All Crafts
and thank you also The Vintage Moth.
This would be a much less interesting internet without you.
Merry Christmas and happy crafting!
May all your gifts have glitter.
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