Surprise in a can!

I’m always looking for a fun way to wrap a present.  Here’s what I’m up to lately:

Take a can of vegetables or fruit or anything else with a pull-top lid.  Take the BOTTOM off of the can, wash it and fill it with the surprise gift.  Glue the bottom back on and ta-da… a surprise gift in a can.

Here are my secret tools:

OXO Smooth Edge Can Opener – cuts the side of the can thus taking off the end of the can without any sharp edges.

G-S Hypo Cement – bonds metal to metal, has a precision applicator, doesn’t bond fingers.

That’s it!  Decorate the outside and make a matching tag.  It’s really fun to hide a gift card and some candy inside or even a pair of earrings!

About Wendy Amato

My creative inspiration comes at any time, anywhere. Once I get an idea, I am compelled to try it. No matter how late it is or how many other projects are on my list. Creativity does that to you! I'll try anything once and the good projects get a few more attempts. I like to find the beautiful, amazing and awe-inspiring in everything I experience and only hope to inspire others to look at the world around us with eyes wide open to the creative possibilities. You don't have to be perfect, just give it a try.
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5 Responses to Surprise in a can!

  1. sue awes says:

    Hi Wendy – a colleague just gave me one of your fabric key chains – and I adore it!
    So I’m just checking you out, wishing I could buy a few more of these – but I live in Mpls. – love your blog!! You are talented and fresh – and I can see why my friend Meredith loves you too – Sue Awes.

    • Sue, thank you for your kind comments. I’m so glad you like your keyfob! I’d be happy to photograph the keyfobs I have available and sell/ship them to you. The post office has a handy “If it fits, it ships” box for $4.95. The keyfobs are $8 each plus 9.5% tax. Let me know if your interested. I look forward to checking out your blog! Sincerely, Wendy

      • sue awes says:

        Wendy – I’d love to see the other keyfobs – fabulous gift idea – and I had fun today switching my keys to my new fob! My email is: And I am amazed at how you converted the little glass to such a gorgeous candleholder! Sue

      • Sue, I will photograph them first thing in the morning. I’m doing math homework with my daughter right now. Thank you for your understanding. Good night, Wendy

      • Good morning, Sue! Here are the keyfobs I have available. We’ll start with “#1” on the top left and number across and then down to the second row with “#6” on the bottom left. “#1” is elastic. #4 is blue or rose. These are the only keyfobs I have made up at this time. I would need to check and/or reorder my supplies if you wanted multiples not shown. The cost for each keyfob is $8.00 plus 9.5% tax. Shipping would be $4.95 total. Once I receive your check, I will ship the box. Thank you again for thinking of me for your gift ideas. If you need other gift ideas, let me know. My latest little project was making charms out of the letter keys from a vintage Underwood typewriter. I still have some letters and most numbers and punctuation mark keys available. Unfortunately, the “S” is gone! Have a wonderful day! Wendy Amato P.S. Paris looks magical! After reading your blog, I have bumped Paris closer to the top of my bucket list. Your pictures are beautiful!

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