Sunday, December 13, 2009

Clever Gift Wrapping Idea

Here’s another idea I saw in blogland that I just had to try!

I got my inspiration from a fabulous blog called Blue Cricket Design. If you haven’t been there, you need to go check it out.

How cute is that? You can read about it here.

I thought this would be a great idea for teacher gifts. With four kids, I have a lot of teachers that I need to buy presents for. So I try not spend a lot of money on teacher gifts, but I do try to put some thought in it.

I was an elementary school teacher for 6 years, and received many gifts from my students, many of which I still have today. I can honestly say that it wasn’t the gift that mattered most, but the thought! One of my favorite gifts was a 12 pack of diet coke! The mom of one of my students knew how much I loved them, so she got me some.

So if the gifts are small, why not dress them up a bit!

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Here’s what I did…

I took a large can of soup and removed the label.IMG_4354

Then I opened up the bottom of the can with a can opener, emptied out the soup, (in other words…I ate it.), then rinsed and cleaned out the inside of the can. (I even rinsed it with a little bit of bleach and let it sit out over night to dry to make sure I got rid of any “soup” smell.)

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Then I bought some cute Christmas paper at Hobby Lobby, 50% off, of course!

I cut it the same size of the can, wrapped it around the can, and secured it with my hot glue gun.

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Next, I filled the can with some candy and a gift card.

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Here are some other ideas of things you could put in the can:

*gloves

*movie tickets

*cute magnets

*Christmas socks

*pair of earrings, or a piece of jewelry

*nail polish, nail clippers, etc.

*hand lotions

*lipstick, chapstick, makeup, etc.

*a key chain

I could go on and on….the possibilities are limitless!

After you fill the can with goodies, hot glue the bottom of the can back on. It really does stay shut!

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Then add a bunch of fancy ribbons to the top. I used some I already had at home and a couple that I bought at Hobby Lobby.

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I added a little tag that says “pull my tab”.

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And I’m done! I think my sons’ teachers will love receiving this and opening it up. I know I would!!!

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I know I could have just bought a gift bag to put the gift in, but it wouldn’t have been near as much fun to open!

I am linking this little project to all my favorite little places…

Met. Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts

DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Have a blessed day!



22 comments:

  1. Oh Traci...
    Sweetie, you have given me an idea to do for the older Grandkids. Tony and I are giving them each some money for Christmas, and it is going in their cans. I am so excited about this. It will be fun. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I knew I was drawn to here this evening for a reason.

    I love it!!!! When I get mine finished, I will make sure I post so you can see them. I guess DH and I will be eating some soup for the next few days. We have 7 grandkids. Oh Boy!!!

    Please stop by and say hi. I love it when you do. Tonight I posted. I wrote a little poem for all of us blogger gals. You will love it.

    Country hugs and much love, Sherry

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  2. Traci this is ADORABLE ~ I want to do this for my BILS gift certificate... he would get such a kick out of it!

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  3. That's so cute! I might have to use this idea for my sister's gift. I bought her a necklace and earrings from etsy and they came in the tiniest little boxes. At least this would be more fun to open!

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  4. Now that is really cute! I love that idea. And yes Traci I do believe I have the same dinning room china hutch as you. Back in September I did a blog post about my dining room and you were my inspiration for doing so. If you have the time check the blog post out.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  5. Such a cute idea! I said a prayer for you today. I know Christmas can be hard w/o your Mother. I pray God's grace for you during this time!
    Christmas Wishes~
    Carrie

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  6. I saw this idea over at BCD too....Yours turned out super-cute! That paper you used is awesome :)
    Thanks for coming to the party!

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  7. That is a really cute idea. I would be seriously impressed if I got a gift that looked like this from a student.

    My tree has bunches and bunches of ornaments that students gave me over the years. I love it that I'll never forget them because I'm reminded of them each year when the ornament comes out of the box,.

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  8. Ya know what, Traci?! I think life is all about making a big deal of the little ordinary things...and this is a perfect example! It's adorable and just plain fun too!

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  9. GREAT idea - too cute - will definately try this.

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  10. That is such a great idea for teacher's gifts! Plus, I love giving and receiving home-made gifts. Great idea!

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  11. What a wonderful idea! A fun way to package a gift card. . . perfect! Thank you for sharing this. I've never seen it, and I would NEVER have thought of it myself.

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  12. Coming from a former 2nd grade teacher: let me tell you, your teachers are going to appreciate this. This is so much better than getting a 3ft troll doll elf. Trust me. I could write a book...

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  13. That is such a stunning and thoughtful gift. I just love surprises ... so I would LOVE receiving a gift like that! I can't wait to give it a try.

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  14. I was trying to figure out how to package a gift card for my DDs teacher.. I love this idea! Can you guess what we are having for dinner tonight? Soup!

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  15. oh tracy! I am sooooo doing this! In fact...this week for my son's teacher! How neat! B:)

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  16. Very cute. Thanks for sharing such a original post! Come visit me & see what I've created this week. Be sure to leave a comment!

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  17. Traci,
    What a fun idea! My kids would enjoy something like this... hmmmmmm! Dee Dee

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  18. I just threw away some cans! Maybe I should go dig in the garbage?! Great idea!!!

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  19. Gosh, you post some great ideas!! I love this one - also can't wait to make that white chocolate popcorn (and maybe the buckeyes too!). Thanks!

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