Recycled Gift Cans


Recycled Gift Cans

Skip the gift wrap aisle the next time you're at the store - these Recycled Gift Cans from Heidi Borchers are a fun and fabulous eco-friendly option. Crafts with cans help you cut down on your trash haul and save money on supplies. Add decorative paper for a unique aesthetic.



  • Cool2Cast  (¼ cup of C2C plaster to 1/8 cup of water will fill 2 medium lids)
  • Water & measuring cups
  • Zip top plastic bag
  • Tin cans (use a can opener that removes the lids safely with no sharp edges)
  • Stamp pad – any color
  • Small rubber stamps – various shapes and an alphabet
  • Alcohol inks
  • Brush
  • Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner
  • Papers, paint, trims, glue, embellishments and fabric to decorate tin cans


  1. Pour 1/4 cup Cool2Cast plaster into zip top bag.
  2. Add 1/8 cup room temp water to bag. Re-zip bag to seal and shake bag for about one minute.
  3. Cut off one corner on the bottom of the bag.
  4. Hold over lid and let the plaster flow from the cut corner into the lid.
  5. Fill to the top edge of can lid. Carefully tap the edge of the lid, to help the liquid plaster settle. Let plaster dry completely. It will be solid to the touch in about 1 hour but leave overnight to dry completely.
  6. Decorate the top by brushing on alcohol inks on the plaster. Let dry.  Next, stamp words or sayings with rubber stamps.
  7. When you use the no-sharp edges type of can opener, you should find that the lid will snap back on when you are finished. If your lid does not, just tie ribbon from top to bottom to hold the lid in place in transit.


  1. Remove lid from can using the type of can opener that leaves no sharp edges on the lid.

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i i agree with onecraftymomma4life---------WHAT?????????????

i'm kinda confused as what they are to be used for , i thought you were decorating the outside of a can to put a gift in , wich in that case i thought it was really pretty decorated can , and saved it but then as i read it , your giving a gift of a Plasterd filled CAN ? that seems realy really strange , maybe i'm missing the point .... but it just seems like a strange project , unless it's a door stopper .. I mean no offence to the designer but i just dont understand the point of this craft ,, what am i missing ?

she is only making a plaster of paris lid for the can. decorate the can anyway you wish. here is the video for this projectL when she fills the plaster of paris she is only filling the LID, not the whole can! re read the instructions and you will see what you missed. hopes this helps.


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