Monday, November 28, 2011

Gift Wrap in a Tin. The Tutorial

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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Now linkied here, on Project Queen's Blog Hop, Gifts and Ornaments for $10 or less

And to here, at the wonderfully named Rook No.17

Merry Jingle!

 It's getting closer!


  1. What a wonderful idea....and you recycled too:)

  2. Thanks for sharing your fabulous idea with us at "What's It Wednesdays".
    See you next week!
    Patti and Paula

  3. Such a lovely project and a great idea too!!! I love the Marie images.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet compliments.

  4. Oh, you know, I hadn't thought about the recycling aspect! You're right, it is green, too. Thank you, Mary Ann

  5. My pleasure, Patti and Paula. I love your blog!

  6. Thank you, Darlene! I'm going to see if I can't make the design into a cone. I loved your placeholder cones, so tiny and cute!

  7. Truly fabulous idea....and one even a crow with no arm and hand-like appendages might even be able to handle. (My beak should do nicely I think...) But now you have tempted me to open every can of anything in my pantry....Hmmmm...dinner may be a bit interesting these next few weeks....Thanks for a delightful tutorial....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  8. I Love making these and had forgotten all about them. Thanks for the reminder. I use the fruit cups with the pull tab lids but have to tell you a story about a GF of mine. she did a set for all her family members last Christmas using the pull tab. only problem was when they pulled the tab it was the wrong kind!! only had the part for drinking. Nothing could ever come out of that small hole. they all got a big kick out of it them, then used a can opener to open them. too funny! LOL
    TFS hugs Lynn

  9. Thank you, Miss Crow and Lynn. If I can do it with these rabbity paws, I'm sure anyone can.

    And thank you for the ring pull story, Lynn. I'm a little crestfallen to find this wasn't an original earth-shattering idea!

    I'll add a note to the instructions above and make sure people are check the ring pull removes the whole of the lid. Fruit cups? I hadn't thought of those! They'd be just the right size for rings and earrings. Thank for the tips!

  10. What an excellent idea, I must give that a go sometime!

  11. Well done, Rabbit dear! I've enjoyed this more than I can tell you.
    I guess I had thought you were going to post this tutorial over at your G&G blog LOL.
    *duh!* :P
    I love to find something which PPS has that others haven't, being used this way! It means our stock is getting better. So you have made me very happy by showing PPS imagery here. And it's one from our "Pretty Papers" line as well ( a personal favorite of yours truly)! Your cleverly crafted project is so well done, it shows off each feature to best advantage, no matter its source. And it's really smashing, you know! A stunner!
    Now, where's that super glue.......

  12. Thank you, Miss Possum.

    After I read the G&G post, I realised it wasn't really a tutorial. It was more of a 'Look what I did!' which didn't seem true to the sharing ethic of Blogging and of Christmas.

    So I redid it here, and used a completely different kind of label for a different feel.

    Thank you for your graphics; the background texture was perfect and you know how happy I was with the portrait of the Infanta you found.

    You do say the nicest things. This is the first time I've done this image mashing thingies, and I can see issues with balance and I'm not happy with the colouration of the text. But it's done now.

    Now to make some tags!

  13. Now that is some crafting going on there! I love it!

  14. Excellent idea for fellow employee gifts!

  15. Oh I would love to try this they look gorgeous -but i do'nt have much time at the moment

  16. Who does? They need to schedule Christmas at another time, instead of during the busiest time of the year...

  17. Thank you for your visit!!!
    Wonderful blog...this is a great idea!!! I love it!

    Merry Christmas to you also!

  18. Rhissanna, this is such a beautiful idea and I'm so happy to be featuring it on my Facebook page today!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!

    Friends who link-up to tomorrow’s party will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Hodgson Mill, so please feel free to stop by and join in the fun & inspiration!

    Warmest wishes,

  19. Thank you so much, Jenn! I rushed over to facebook to see! I love the way your linky party is set out!

  20. I'm so glad you found me too! I definitely agree us flying rabbits must stick together! Now you know you have a friend over here in Ohio!Love your info about yourself, I need to update mine! I am still new to blogging so forgive me if it takes awhile to respond!


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