Thursday, 17 December 2009

Day 14: A special gift

I talked here about how I generally go for cheap and cheerful Christmas wrapping paper. While that is true for nearly every present I wrap, just occasionally there's a gift I want to take a little more care with. Like this one for someone (shhh!! Don't tell!!):



I came across a fab idea for using a pop-top tin to package a gift, but unfortunately I can't now remember where! If anyone knows and leaves a comment with a link, I'll update this post to give credit where it's due :-)

Basically, you need a tin with a pop-top and an ordinary base (not a moulded base, as most pop-tops have, or this won't work). Turn the tin upside down and open it with a tin opener. This works best if you have the kind of tin opener that removes the base including the rim. Mine doesn't, it just takes out the base inside the rim, which makes one of the later steps harder, but I sort of got round that.... Empty out the contents (use in your cooking or freeze for another occasion), remove the label, and carefully wash the tin and base. Carefully is a key word! Learn from my experience here, not your own! ;-)

When it's dry, cut a strip of paper to size and stick it around the tin, remembering that the open part will be the bottom not the top once you've finished. Add any embellishments you wish - I just used some black organza ribbon and a topper from the same range as the paper. Tie a few coordinating scraps of ribbon round the tab of the pop-top, too.

Now fill the tin with whatever treats you have in mind, again remembering that the open part will be at the bottom! Finally, superglue the base back on. This is where it's easier if the rim is attached to the base, not the tin. I got round this by first supergluing a piece of string right round the inside of the tin, just under the rim. When this was dry I superglued the base onto the string. It's not quite right, there are slight gaps, but it stays on and that's what really matters!

If you're particularly interested in this idea but don't really understand the instructions, let me know and I'll post a more detailed tutorial with photos - or perhaps we'll have found the link to the original site by then.



This page is the back of the envelope I used for Day 13. The Elle's Studio number didn't *quite* go, but I just quoted Kate and got on with it ;-) I attached a strip of the black organza ribbon and a thin offcut of the pink Christmas tree paper and layered up with the number, a journaling card, another topper and the photo, all inked (because I felt like inking the day I made this, that's why!) The title is Doodlebug rub-ons and stickers.

11 comments:

JO SOWERBY said...

ooh i saw that article, now where was it?
lovely post as always. love that paper too.
jo xxx

Amy said...

I'm not sure about this size Mel, but, I've covered a few 4lt paint tins in my time - great for filling with chocolate or lollies or even baby gifts - this one looks very snazzy :-)

Cheri said...

So I'm really curious...what did you put IN that gorgeous can?

RachelB said...

This is so cute Mel, love the papers that you have chosen.

Jennifer Rose said...

that is a good idea and the decorated tin looks lovely :D

Maria Ontiveros said...

Thanks for the idea and very cute!
Rinda

Sian said...

Aha, so one of us can wrap then! Very clever indeed and it looks fab in pink. Your page is seriously cute..one of my favourites.

scrappyjacky said...

It looks great.....lovely colours as well.

Liberty :) said...

It's really cute! You totally didn't have to "sod it!" !!!! xxx

Cheryl said...

Aww lovely so cute. I wander if I can guess who it is for ? x

Karen said...

Cute! And you gave me an idea for a Christmas Journal page! (Which I needed. . .)