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Have you tried an altered paint can yet?

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#1 JenniaHart

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Posted 27 October 2004 - 10:15 PM

I keep seeing them but I haven't tried one. I've been thinking it would make a CUTE Christmas present. Like a gift basket, but sealed into the decorated paint can.

Gardener's can
could contain any of these:
gardening gloves
hand trowel
hand rake
a selection of vegetable and/or flower seeds (go for something unusual)
bottle of liquid fertilizer
a gardening book
a subscription for a gardening magazine

Dinner can
could contain any of these:
a package or two of gourmet pasta
a package of sun-dried tomatoes
extra-virgin olive oil
spices: oregano, basil, garlic powder
a collection of your favorite pasta recipes hand-printed on recipe cards and/or a pasta cookbook

Dog lovers paint can
could contain:
squeaky toy
rawhide bone
dog biscuits
dog brush
dog collar

Crafters paint can
glue gun and glue sticks
acrylic paints
assorted brushes
a craft knife
other craft supplies such as beads, pompoms, wood sticks, buttons, stickers, dried flowers, etc.
craft patterns or how-to books

Stationery Paint can
could conatain:
note cards - made with ScrapGirls papers!!
envelopes (choose a variety of sizes) - made with ScrapGirls papers
note paper -made with scrapGirls papers
letter opener
a pen or a pen and pencil set - covered to match the notes
a personalized seal and some sealing wax
personalized return address labels

Shutterbug can
could contain:
Assorted speeds of film
coupons for picture developing
filters for his/her camera
lens cleaning solution and cloth
assorted picture frames and/or albums
book on getting good photos
digital camera
35mm camera
Polaroid camera that takes the small pictures

Have you made one of these yet???
Do you have any ideas to add?

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Posted 28 October 2004 - 04:08 PM

They look so cute! The smaller paint can size is perfect for a bridal or baby shower party favor!
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Posted 28 October 2004 - 06:38 PM

I've seen some really wonderful altered cans. I'd like to try some for the craft show I'm going to be in in December, the problem is finding the cans to alter!

#4 JenniaHart

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Posted 28 October 2004 - 07:25 PM

The gal who does a lot of these over at 2Peas says that she likes ACE Hardware. Evidently they are cheapest in her area at ACE and the handles are sold apart from the cans which makes it easier to alter them. I hear online that they are also sold at Lowe's and Home Depot stores. I hope that helps!

#5 Renny

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Posted 28 October 2004 - 07:26 PM

I've only done one, but it was really easy and turned out so cute that I'm planning on doing more.
For Christmas, I'm doing one for each of my sister's kids. On the outside, I'll alter it with what each is into (ie: one of her ds is into animals so I'll find cute animal theme paper and/or stickers). Then I'll just get small gifts to fill them - kind of like stocking stuffers. I'm also thinking of doing one as a teacher gift for Christmas but it depends on how much time I have after I make all the stuff I'm "planning" on making for gifts. Is there really only 59ish more days until Christmas???

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Posted 29 October 2004 - 01:57 PM

Oh, I like the idea of making these for teacher's gifts, too!

#7 Gwyn

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Posted 07 November 2004 - 10:52 PM

I haven't done one of these yet, but I was thinking they could be fun gifts for Christmas.

Which I suppose means I should get moving on them, huh?

#8 kellyshults

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Posted 08 November 2004 - 08:37 PM

I finally did it! I have admired these for so long! Here is the link to my very first Altered Paint Can! I made it for my dd, Ericka.

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 10:41 PM

I made an alterd tin for a class that I taught at my LSS. It was a winter survival kit to give to a sick friend. It has chicken soup, crackers, hot chocolate, hot tea, honey, tissues, etc.... It turned out really cute. I will try to attach a pic so you can see what I did.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 05:05 PM

I found a can yesterday. Well, its more a rounded cardbox with a tin lid. Ive been talking of painting my bedroom on olive green and old rose (or dust rose) and Id like to decorate the box in those colors. Do you have any ideas? Do you know a web site where I can get some inspiration? My style its kind of romantic/rustic/old time.



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Posted 24 March 2008 - 04:05 PM

I've finished two altered cans for our kids. They are on their dressers as clutter catchers. I'll finish the one for our youngest when we get back from vacation. His is currently unfinished. It sits on top of our dresser and holds his potty training prizes. I think that I'll use a pirate's booty theme for his.
My husband had to go to at least three different places to find them.ACE, Home Depot, and Lowe's don't carry them in this area.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 10:07 AM

I made one of those for a friend's baby shower a few years back. I filled the can with a cute baby outfit, baby sunglasses, shoes, candy for mom, etc. I kept it simple. I left the can as it was (silver--from Home Depot) and tied a big polk a dot ribbon around it and tied the can opener to it. It was a big hit!

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