Upcycled Can Gift Containers


Use those leftover tin cans from cooking in order to create adorable Upcycled Can Gift Containers. Instead of buying gift bags and wrapping supplies, you have just what you need for gift containers in your house. This DIY craft project is great for any occasion because you can customize the theme of the container based on decoration choices. Make your gift-giving "green" with these upcycled containers. Hopefully, the recipient will even reuse their gift container for someone else in order to perpetuate the eco-friendly cycle.

Primary TechniquePainting



  • Empty can, washed and dried
  • Krylon® Interior/Exterior Paint - in color of choice for outside
  • Krylon® Interior/Exterior Paint – Black (inside)
  • Acrylic Paint – White
  • Beacon Adhesives Tacky Glue
  • Motif Fabric of choice
  • 19 Guage Craft Wire – 12 inches
  • Toothbrush
  • pinking shears
  • hammer
  • large nail
  • round nose pliers
  • craft stick



  1. Paint inside of can with black paint with several light coats until covered, letting it dry in between coats.

  2. Turn can upside down and paint in color of choice with several light coats until covered, letting it dry between coats.

  3. Use pinking shears to cut out motifs to fit the front of the can; glue to the front of the can.

  4. Place can upside down; dip toothbrush into small amount of white acrylic paint, hold 12” – 18” from can, pull craft stick across bristles to spatter the can.

  5. Using the hammer and nail punch two holes in the can on opposite sides for the handle.

  6. Thread wire ends through the holes of the can, adjusting handle length to desired size; wrap the excess wire around round nose pliers to curl ends.

  7. Tear a small piece of fabric and tie onto handle.


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Why You'll Love This Trash to Treasure Craft

We are so excited to share with you the top 5 reasons why you should try making our Upcycled Can Gift Containers craft project:

1. Environmentally Friendly: By upcycling old cans into beautiful gift containers, you are helping to reduce waste and lessen the impact on the environment. It's a small but impactful way to make a difference in our world.

2. Budget-Friendly: Instead of buying expensive gift containers, you can use items you already have at home to create unique and personalized containers for your gifts. This project is a great way to save money while still creating something special.

3. Creative Expression: Upcycling cans allows you to unleash your creativity and customize your gift containers to suit any occasion or recipient. You can paint, decoupage, or add embellishments to make each container truly one-of-a-kind.

4. Versatility: These upcycled can gift containers can be used for a variety of gifts, from homemade treats to small trinkets. They are perfect for birthdays, holidays, or just as a thoughtful gesture for a friend or loved one.

5. Fun and Easy: This craft project is simple enough for beginners, yet fun and satisfying for seasoned crafters. It's a great way to unwind and get creative while also making something practical and beautiful.

We hope these reasons inspire you to give our Upcycled Can Gift Containers craft project a try! Happy crafting!

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Great idea! Are these cans from canned goods?


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