As most of you know, I work in the cafeteria of my local school. Well, the other day the lunch lady was throwing a bunch of the big industrial cans from ketchup and fruit away. I took one look at the nice big cans and thought "I bet I could make something with those" So I promptly pulled them out of the trash.
I took them home and washed them out with some nice hot soapy water with a little bleach. They cleaned up really beautiful. Now the cans I had the labels were on there so good I could not figure out how to get them off so I decided to cover them with wrapping paper. That made me think about how nice these big cans would be to hold gifts under the tree and the best part would be that I could use them over and over. Now I love Christmas but I really hate wrapping gifts. I never was very good at it and my gifts always looked like a child had wrapped them. So we always used the gift bags. These cans are large enough to hold a T-shirt, crocheted slippers, or a bunch of CD's. You to can get cans for free. Hit up your local school they probably would be glad to save them or your favorite restaurant. Here are the directions for making my Industrial Strength Gift Cans.
With a drill, drill small holes in the can. Now line up these holes and make small holes on the lid. I used an awl that worked really well. Cut small pieces of wire and wire the lid to the can Now, with the white glue mixed with a small amount of water, paint on the glue. This will act as a sealer for the paper. Let this dry. Or you can just spray it with a clear spray paint your choice. You can glue on whatever extra trims that you would like. I just added a big bow.
Nice to know the art of dumpster diving is not lost.
I too am a pro dumpster diver.
What an excellent idea. You can also use it for cookies as well, this would save on buying those paint cans. Here's an idea to add above, cut the inner circle about 1/2 in to an inch smaller, the lid will fit even better without slipping.
Wonderful idea! A person could also do this with regular size cans or tuna cans. for very small items.