After my visit to the creative reuse center last night, I was inspired to put to good use a few of the old, empty soup cans I’ve been hanging on to. I recalled seeing this quick and easy craft idea in the Summer 2011 issue of Fresh Style magazine, a Southern Lady publication that for me was “love at first sight.” Since I’m heading to a Christmas brunch tomorrow and was in need of a few simple hostess gifts – STAT!!! I figured this was the perfect night to give this craft a whirl. Here’s what I did:
1. Drill 2 holes into an empty can, near the top edge, each one on the direct opposite side of the other.
2. Cut a piece of patterned scrapbook paper to fit around the outside of the can.
3. Punch 2 holes in the paper so that there’ll be one atop each of the drill hole spots. That way, you’ll be able to string ribbon through both holes before finishing the craft.
4. Glue the paper to the can, matching the punched out holes atop the drilled holes.
5. Cut a piece of festive ribbon to string through the holes. Tie them at each end to secure them so that the lucky recipient of the gift can easily hang it and admire its simple beauty.
6. Fill it with frivolous, fun items of your choice: peppermints, colored pencils, a single stem flower. The possibilities are endless.
Be sure to share what you end up stuffing yours with!