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Friday, April 30, 2010

{ABC's in a can}

About a month ago, I was able to share this tutorial over at Ucreate. I wanted to share it here with all of you, too!

I just love to personalize things--I think it makes everything more fun! This project also has the components that are perfect for little ones...the thickness of the juice can lids is just right for their hands, and the clink when they hit the bottom of the can is sure to please. It's also easy to do, and can be finished in a day. What a fun gift!

Here's how I did it!


  • #10 can (you could even use a formula can--they are a little smaller, but it would work)
  • 26 frozen concentrate lids (My plan is to make more for numbers 1-10, so you would need 36 if you wanted to do this as well.)
  • scrapbook paper
  • 2 inch circle punch (this is optional, but makes it MUCH faster and easier)
  • distress ink
  • Mod Podge and foam brush
  • ribbon
  • hot glue gun
  • drill
  • Print the alphabet onto desired scrapbook paper. I did both upper and lowercase, using 2 different papers. The font is Century Gothic, sized to 100. I fit 8 of that size letter on a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper (I cut mine down from 12x12, since my printer won't accept that size), and it was just enough to cut the size of circles I needed.

  • Using your circle punch, center each letter in the middle of your circle and punch it out. I LOVE this punch by Fiskars--it allows you to see exactly what you are punching out, instead of doing it blindly. If you don't have a circle punch, you can always use a glass, trace around the letters, and cut them out.

  • Once they are all cut out, distress them with distress ink.

  • Make sure your juice lids are washed well, then completely dried. Using a foam brush, apply Mod Podge to the bottom of the circle, then center it in the middle of the lid. Mod Podge over the top of the paper as well, and let dry. Once it's dry, you can repeat the process on the other side with the other set (lower or upper). Make sure you match up the letters on each lid--Dd, Ee, etc. **Because my boys' names don't have any repeating letters, I used the contrasting paper for the initials of their name. For example, the lowercase letters were done in the green polka dot paper, so for Jack's name, I used the cream paper for the lowercase j, a, c, and k. I did the same with Henry's name.

  • While your letters are drying, you can move onto the can. I cut two coordinating papers into strips---3.5 x 12 inches. This wouldn't quite go around the can, so I cut another piece 3.25 x 7.25 inches to fill the gap. On my can, this made the edges meet up exactly--you will want to measure yours to see if that's accurate. I then distressed the edges of my paper. Apply Mod Podge to the bottom of the can, and place your paper on the can, pressing firmly, then add more Mod Podge on top of the paper. Add the second bottom piece, making sure the edges line up. Repeat the process for the top pieces. Let dry completely.

  • After your paper is completely dry, you are ready to add any paper embellishments you like. I used the same letter circles to spell the boys' names--I loved the contrast of the papers. You could use also use vinyl, paint, etc. If you use paper like I did, use Mod Podge to secure it in place. Let dry.

  • Hot glue your ribbon around the can, where the two papers meet.
  • I used a drill for the slit on top of the can. I chose a thick drill bit (a little thicker than the thickness of the lid), and drilled two holes about 2.5 inches long--just a little longer than the width of the lid. Then I took a pencil and drew two lines--connecting the two holes, and forming a rectangle. You can then use an exact-o knife or razor blade to cut it out.

    You're done! How darling and fun, plus educational...can't beat that!

Have a great day!



Blogger Kelli @ RTSM said...

What a cute idea! I have a ton of formula cans that I have been saving for crafts! This will have to go on my list!

April 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Delia said...

Still love this idea...I just posted about your canvas wreath on my blog. Thank you!

April 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Shayna @ Texas Monkey said...

This is great, thank you so much for posting the how to!

April 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Beckie said...

This is adorable! My three year old would get a kick out of it...thanks for the idea! Your blog is fabulous! Have a great weekend!

May 1, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Love your blog! I gave you an award on my blog!
Life with the Lebedas

Jennifer :)

May 1, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Crafts and Deals said...

SO CUTE!! Thanks for sharing! Love your blog by the way! :)

May 1, 2010 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Mod Podge Amy said...

Loved it when I saw it on UCreate and I still love it! :D

May 2, 2010 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

This is a darling idea! I think the only thing I would add are small magnets to the backs of the juice lids.

Please feel free to link it up tomorrow to Talented Tuesday with My Frugal Family!! And don't forget to enter the giveaways I have posted at the top of my blog!

May 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Cap Creations said...

How cute! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this!

May 8, 2010 at 12:41 AM  
Blogger Lift Up Your Hearts said...

OH my goodness, that is SO CUTE!

May 30, 2010 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Beta said...

I really enjoyed your tutorials and this, I ventured to link it in my blog. I hope you do not mind, but if so, I will remove it without problems. Thanks and congratulations! Beta


December 16, 2010 at 6:22 AM  
Blogger Sinister Soaps said...

I love this. I keep thinking of making magnets out of my juice lids...and now I know what to put on the magnets! I think pictures for letters would be good, too for a matching game. one lid for a, one lid for apple. Now we need more juice!

January 10, 2011 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Lourdes said...

I loved them! I have a daycare and this will go perfect for our abc craft...:)

February 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger GramMO said...

Remember to use Capital AND lowercase letters for this project as well. When children start out learning letters and are used to seeing both, the learning is more complete and quick. When you begin start with one or two letters . Then add as they become proficient.
Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. O.:)

March 9, 2011 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Kerri said...

I just made these as a bday gift for a 2 year old. We are not "juicers" so instead of the can lids, I used 3" round wooden discs (sold at Michael's $3 for 12). It turned out sooo cute and very easy. Now I need to make another set for my daughter!

April 25, 2011 at 12:04 AM  

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