With below freezing temperatures for the last two weeks we have been drinking a lot of this…

no, I mean a LOT!

The containers are nice and it seemed a bit of a waste to throw them away — so, to make something good out of our bad habit we re-purposed them.

With only spray adhesive and wrapping paper they become great gift containers.

Remove the label. These cans have a label that is only attached with one skinny line of glue dots where the paper overlaps in the back. If you like the simple look of the cardboard canister, a vertical label or decoration would be all you need to cover the glue.

To cover the can, cut a strip of wrapping paper the height of the container (between the metal top and bottom) and long enough to overlap about an inch when wrapped around the container. Spray  adhesive on the back of the paper and wrap around the container. If you don’t have spray adhesive, no worries— a glue stick would also work.

Now, I will make some cute heart labels, fill the containers with  peppermint popcorn or heart shaped sugar cookies and we have a perfect little Valentine’s Day gift!

Actually these would be great for any holiday or occasion!

Notes: I had wanted to use scrapbooking paper but it just wasn’t quite wide enough for these cans. This is a great project to use up those last strips of wrapping paper that aren’t quite wide enough to wrap a gift.

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  1. gosh, I love it! It’s been a long time since I’ve done this… can’t wait to get started! thanks so much for sharing!

  2. i saved about 20 formula cans and got discouraged when the scrapbook paper didn’t fit…wrapping paper is a great idea!

  3. I did these for Christmas and filled them with cookies. My lids had writing on them so I made my own labels for the top using our family’s silhouette that’s on my blog. ; )

  4. Great way to recycle! I love doing this with cans. Nut cans are especially nice because they come in so many sizes.

  5. OMG! We are doing this exact thing with our Daisy Girl Scout troop in a couple of weeks. We are using the containers as gifts to parents for Valentine’s Day with coupons of what the girls will do for their parents. (Hopefully teaching responsibility and doing what one will say they do.) Thank you for the spray adhesive idea. I was going to go old school, but this will be quicker and cleaner. Awesome.

  6. I’m laughing out loud because I literally just finished doing the same thing 20 minutes ago!. I had a hot chocolate can, a pringles can, and a cornstarch container that are now ready at a minutes notice to fill with a yummy treat!

  7. great! FYI: you can also trace the carefully-removed label from those square-ish Similac baby formula plastic containers for a perfect fitting template when re-purposing them. have fun!!

  8. my aunt had a cookie cutter just the right size to make a dozen wonderful short bread cookies that slide perfectly in a Pringles Chip canister. thanks for reminding of her and those great little cookies. she hasn’t made them in years though.

  9. thank you for sharing a fun idea. i will use this one. i have a few cans i keep sewing items in…i can make them look good and label them !

  10. Great idea! We play with our used containers and make things out of them, but we’ve never tried this. We’ll have to give it a try!

  11. I love learning how to reuse a container. It is super neat to me.

    I LOVE your blog. Keep up the good work.

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