I am a big digital scrapbooker, but with three kids things are a little hairy sometimes and I can't always get to it, so I needed to come up with something that I could put all my scraps of paper into for each child (height/weight, new words, silly sayings, etc).
I happened upon some empty paint cans in the hardware store and remembered a gift my aunt had given me for my son - it was a paint can decorated with wall paper scraps and ribbon and thought that it would be perfect for this use.
So I had one for my son, but not my girls. Here is what I did:
Empty paint can - can be purchased at most hardware/paint stores
Paper/wall paper/wrapping paper
Tape measure (flexible)
I had leftover border from my youngest daughters room, so decided to use it for her can. I really didn't want it to be so matchy-matchy with her room, but thought it is a 'memory can', so why not have the outside be a memory of her nursery once she is grown?
- Measure your can (height and circumference).
- Cut your paper to fit the measurements.
- Hold up the paper next to where the handle inserts into the can and mark it.
- Make a straight cut all the way down the paper at each mark.
- Now cut half moons on each side of the paper to allow for the handle.
- Using Mod Podge glue, and a brush, apply glue to the entire backside of the paper. Smooth out all bubbles with your fingertips and make sure that the paper is properly adhered to the can.
- Once that is complete, add another layer of mod podge to the entire outside of the can.
- Cut out a circle of the paper for the top of the can and adhere with glue. (TIP: I found the spindle of my blank DVDs was the perfect fit!)
- Personalize with ribbon, stickers, etc as desired. (And don't forget the handle!)
Now you have a memory can that can be cherished for years to come. I think the hardest part of this project was trying to get the handle on!
This being my first can, it is a bit simple. Now that I have done it though and have found it so easy, I would love to embellish it a bit more - with layers of paper "applique" style, ribbons, flowers, etc. These could really be quite intricate if you wanted them to be! I may use one of these as a gift "basket" for Christmas this year!