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Friday, May 28, 2010

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Whether it be at church, in the car, sitting in the doctor's office, or running errands, these mini books made out of juice can lids are the the perfect thing to keep little hands busy. I am seriously thrilled with how they turned out!

I chose to do a color book, and a little church book for my two baby boys, but really, the possibilities are endless.

My next project is to make a mini-scrapbook with them...using pictures on one side, and text on the other----HOW DARLING! Hopefully I will have it done soon, so I can show you how it turns out.

  • juice can lids, washed and dried ***For one book, I used 8 lids. That's only 4 cans of juice.***
  • mod podge and foam brush
  • scrapbook paper
  • printed pictures
  • cardstock
  • distress ink
  • scissors
  • paper trimmer
  • ribbon
  • book rings (I used 2 inch)
  • 2 or 3 inch circle punch


1. After the lids are washed and dried, you are ready to make the holes. Using your power drill, carefully drill a hole as close to the lip of the lid as you can. You want it to be big enough for the ring to easily fit through, and have there be a little wiggle room so the lids will have maneuverability. If the edges are rough, carefully sand the edges of the hole.

2. COLOR BOOK: I printed the name of the color (using that color ink, font=Century Gothic) on white cardstock. The other side is just scraps of paper (polka dots and solids) I had in every color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)--plus black, brown, and pink.

QUIET BOOK: I opened a new Word document, then inserted the pictures I wanted to use, and re-sized them to fit the lids, and printed them out on white cardstock (not textured). For the other side, I just used scrapbook paper that I loved. I also made an extra lid for the front cover--with that scrapbook paper on the front and on the back. I also printed out a title (font=A Little Pot) for the front cover.

3. After you have printed everything you need, use your circle punch to cut them all out. Distress all the edges. Using your foam brush, mod podge the circles on to the lids. Let dry completely, then do the other side.

4. Once they are dry, slide the lids on to your book rings. I used the 2 inch size--I could have probably gotten away with the 1.5 inch size, but the lids are pretty thick, and I wanted plenty of space for them to move around.

5. Add your ribbon!

Ta-da! You have the most adorable little books ever!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!



Blogger Tami said...

These are so cute! Do they make much noise as the lids hit together?

May 28, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Kelly W said...

I was wondering the same thing as Tami. It would seem the metal lids would make some clanking noise.

I think these are just adorable. You sure do have a lot of juice lids. Maybe we need to start drinking more juice out of cans

May 28, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

I LOVE THIS! They are so cute! I plan on using them for a baby shower I'm throwing. So creative. Now I just have to drink more juice.


May 28, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger The Shepherd Family said...

Ok so do you drink ALL that juice? :) I have noticed several things that you have made with juice lids that I LOVE! but there is no way we would ever drink that much juice. Can you buy the lids elsewhere? Thanks!

May 28, 2010 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

The Shepherd Family--No, lol, we don't drink that much juice. I just asked all my friends and family to save them for me. One friend gave me 100 lids!! I used 38 lids for these projects, which made 4 books. If you were only doing 1 book, you would use only 8-9 lids, which is 4 cans of juice.

Tami & Kelly--They do clink some, but not terribly. I'll find out how loud they are at church on Sunday, lol.

May 28, 2010 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

Oh I love that they make a clanking noise too!!!
Great idea!!!!

May 28, 2010 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

What an awesome idea! Love it!!!
Oh my wheels are turning....this same concept can be used for so much more than just a baby toy!

thanks for sharing!
Hugs & Blessings,
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`♥Anita

May 28, 2010 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Those are adorable! I love the color idea!

May 28, 2010 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

What a FUN idea!! There are so many possibilities! I need to start saving my juice can lids. You've come up with such fabulous ideas using these!

May 29, 2010 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Aspen Lane Designs said...

Super cute idea!

May 29, 2010 at 4:20 AM  
Blogger Canadaland said...

I love the juice can stuff! I'm currently saving up juice lids to make your abc's in a can. How do you use the bottom of the can? I can't get the glue and cardboard out for the life of me. I've tried soaking it in goo gone; I've tried scrapping it with an exacto knife; tried prying it out with pliers.... Any help on how you got it out would be great. Otherwise you can only use 1 lid per juice. Thanks.

May 29, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger said...

Oh, so darling! We need to start drinking frozen juice! You have such cute ideas!!!

May 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Outofmymind said...

I just blogged about you. I hope that's ok. Check me out and see if this was ok. Thanx. Kelli Hansen

May 29, 2010 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Cute, cute, but I, too, am curious about the noise. I'll check back after Sunday to see what you discover.

Love the idea.

May 29, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Tess said...

These are great and would be easy crafts for cub scouts too. With moms or dad helping of course....

May 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger De Javu Crafts said...

i def need to make one of these, it would solve all my sunday issues, Thanks!
check out my satin flower tutorial

May 31, 2010 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger The Harris Family said...

This is such a cool idea. They turned out adorable and would be great for church. I'll be featuring this on Friday-hope that's okay.

June 2, 2010 at 1:26 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

I featured this fun idea on my blog today:

Thanks for the inspiration and have a fabulous day!

June 16, 2010 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger leemeandthegirls said...

Seriously- I think I just need to stay away from your blog altoghether. Everytime I visit, it seems I add like five more projects to my "to make" fact, I talked about your blog in a post recently. You can read it here if you'd like. :)

August 25, 2010 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Sims Mom said...

May I ask where you got the LDS picture art for your lids? Is it printed on paper or photo paper? Thanks!

August 27, 2010 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Sims Mom said... do you get the paper off of the bottom lid! I am having a booger of a time removing the paper from the bottom side. Thanks =]

August 27, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Sims Mom:

I just googled the different images that I wanted (temple, prophet, Jesus, etc.) and printed them out on white cardstock, after sizing them in Word.

As far the lids go, I don't know! A friend of mine gave me at least 150 lids, so I didn't have to do any of the work! Good luck!

August 27, 2010 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger cWa said...

What kind of juice do these lids come on?!?!?

January 1, 2011 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

They come from juice concentrate cans!

January 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Jack's Back Books said...

I just discovered your blog. What an adorable idea! I also just discovered the beauty of the insides of security envelopes... to make this an even more "green" project, I will line the lids with security envelopes instead of craft paper. Thank you for the inspiration!

June 14, 2011 at 9:21 AM  

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