Creative Guest: ABC's In A Can Tutorial by Brown Paper Packages


Hello, Ucreate readers!

I'm Kierste, from brown paper packages, and I can't believe I'm here! I was thrilled when Kari asked me to be a guest blogger, because I'm a huge fan, and love coming to see all the fabulous projects highlighted here.

I have been excited to make this project for a couple of months now, and I'm so glad I can share it with all of you now. I just love to personalize things--I think it makes everything more fun! This project is no exception. It 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!

ABC's IN A CAN

ITEMS YOU NEED:
  • #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
DIRECTIONS:
  • 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 doesn'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.


  • Wash your lids well, then let them dry completely. 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!




  • I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial today, and that you will come on by to say hi. I'd love to have you!

    Thanks so much, Kari, for having me! I have so enjoyed it.

    Have a great day!

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    33 comments:

    1. I love this idea great tutorial. I need to start saving juice lids. Thanks for sharing

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    3. What a brilliant use for juice can lids! Thanks so much for sharing...and now I know I HAVE to own one of those circle punches!

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    4. Circle punch was on my wishlist, thanks for recommending a brand. Me and my pres-schooler need to work on ABCs, thanks for the idea. Oh, I like the coordinating papers too.

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    5. If you print a few extra vowels and common letters like s, t, m, etc you could spell out words or sounds.???

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    6. Very fun project! Love the idea of using recycled products. Thanks for sharing!

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    7. great idea! and so cute!!! i don't have juice lids, but TONZ of mason jar lids...i might have to use those! thanks for the idea!!!

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    8. this is too cute!

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    9. FABULOUS idea; I love it!!

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    10. LOVE it... Anything with typography makes me heart beat a lil faster!

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    11. so cute! I've never used distress ink, but I may have to tackle it soon!

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    12. Love this.. Thanks for sharing!
      Going to check out your blog now. :)

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    13. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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    14. I love this, what a great idea!

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    15. This is fantastic! My 18 month old will love putting things in and out and will be introduced to letters. Beautiful!

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    16. I love Kierste! And this project is so cute!!!

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    17. Love the idea! I think I'm going to do these and take them one step farther by adding magnets to the back of them! We'll see how that goes =)

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    18. Cute project! I just love their blog!

      I hope your moving is going well! Have a Happy Easter!

      XOOX
      Jen

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    19. what a great idea!! i've been wanting to get my son more into his ABC's...i think this will do the trick!!

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    20. Great idea! And I think since my daughter's name has repeating letters, I'll make the vowels in a contrasting color. Now, to start drinking some frozen juice!

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    21. Wonderful Idea! I teach school, and I love finding cheap games for center time. This is perfect!

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    22. This is GREAT! I linked it up under "Inspirational Projects" on the sidebar of my blog.

      www.theclayfamilyblog.blogspot.com

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    23. What a great idea! I don't have that many juice lids. I think perhaps I'll try it with poker chips! Thanks for sharing.

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    24. I posted this on my blog...thank you!

      deliacreates.blogspot.com

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    25. Fantástico!!!
      Parabéns.
      Bjs

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    26. These are so cute! I love.

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    27. This is such a great project. Love it.

      Shar

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    28. You could also make addition, subtraction, multiplication and division signs and use these as a homeschooling game! Don't forget your equal signs too!

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    29. What a great idea! Repurposing is fantastic. Donna Woods - Fiskateer #6036

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    30. So adorable! I love how many things got reused!

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    31. Wow. This is SO creative and has so many fantastic and educational applications. I just love this! Thanks so much for the great project, I'll be linking.

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