Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day Craft Ideas!

Valentine’s Day Paint Can Craft

I found these empty clear paint cans at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and knew I could make *something* with them. Valentine’s Day was the next holiday coming up so I decided to use these for teacher gifts.

Step 1

Find paper that would be cute for Valentine’s Day AND to keep out during the year (if the teacher wants to!)

Trim paper to fit inside can. I used several pieces to give it a cool look. Use spray adhesive or glue that dries clear on the paper and *carefully* place in on the inside of the can with the decorative paper facing out. (My glue started to unstick the next day so I had to glue it again.)

Decorate the outside of the can with stickers, paint, cut out paper, etc. I love to decoupage so I used Mod Podge to adhere cut outs to the outside of the can. It gives the whole project a 3-D look that I think is cute.

You can cut out a circle to cover the top of the lid. Add the teacher's name to it or whatever you would like it to say.

I added a note that said,  "CAN" you see how much I love you?  (This caused consternation with my youngest son. "I do love my teacher but I don't want to tell her that! The other kids will see it and laugh at me!")  I liked the paint can/"CAN" pun. Puns make me laugh. :)

Step 2

Cut 5 inch strips of ribbon. Tie on to handle.

Step 3

Fill bucket with candy, notes, small packages of coffee, tea bags, new pens, post-it notes, etc. Whatever little goodies you want to give!

Happy crafting! Happy gifting! 


  1. Cute. You're such a great Mom. Isn't it amazing what you can make? I think hand-made things are far superior to shop-bought.

  2. As a former teacher, I would love getting this!


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