Monday, 22 June 2015

tin can gift wrapping idea

an empty tin can as gift wrap...???
why not...???

....with a few layers spray-paint and some decoration, you can easily glam up nearly everything...you just meed to give it a try. 

gift wrapping is something i am always in need of... i love to bring a homemade little something, whenever i meet up with friends...and if you are know as a bit crafty...you can't just wrap your little somethings in tupperware or store-bought wrapping paper.

...due to my passion to repurposing and upcycling, i see potential everywhere...bottles, cartons, bags, cans...all sort of containers.

this tin can project, was one of those, i was thinking of since quite some time amd finally dared to go for it.

...there is a weak point, which i am not hiding, more so i hope i could get any advise on how to improve.

but let's get started first










this is what you need



- tin can


- can opener

- decorative flower

- hot glue

- spray-paint



this is what you have to do



- get your tin can ready



- remove the paper label of the tin



- if there are any glue residues, do also remove those




- i just love tins with full-top pull-tabs...isn't it cool to only get access to your gift, when pulling a fancy opening mechanism...i think it is




- sooo cool...!!!



- you now have to turn the tin upside down



- get your can opener ready



- open the can 



- empty and clean the inside of the tin thoroughly



- get your hot glue gun ready

- place your gift inside the tin can




- apply the hot glue onto the rim of the can and place the lid back to its original position




- and here we can see the my problem...i created a super mess while gluing the lid to the tin can and i have no idea how i could have avoided this

- it got a little after spray-painting the can, but still it was messy




- turn your tin around again



- apply some glue to the decoration flower



- press it firmly onto the upper part of the tin can



- here we go



- get your spray-paint ready



- spray-paint the tin can from all sides





- and this is another way to wrap your precious gifts.


here you can find what inspired me for this project

http://www.bhg.com/christmas/gift-wrapping/last-minute-gift-wrapping/#page=14

i hope you enjoyed my tutorial...many thanks for your interest...best regards...silke

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

message in a bottle

a faux vintage bottle gift wrap...okay...i have to admit, the choices of gifts you can store in a bottle are quite limited...apart from liquids, i can only think of gift vouchers...or...a love letter.

so basically we are talking about the quality of the gift not about the quantaty...i sort of like the idea of a message in a bottle.

this bottle makeover started as a spray-paint project with a simple "herzlichen gl├╝ckwunsch zum geburtstag" stamp, which means happy birthday...and ended up as a vintage style bottle, decorated with a wax seal.

i am always surprised, when a project turns out different to what i planned, because most of the time it becomes a better version of the original one.

so here you can see what happened to the empty blue bombay saphire bottle.









this is what you need


- empty and clean glass bottle

- spray-paint

- clear stamp

- ink pad

- black paint

- sponge

- butchers twine

- sealing wax

- sealing stamp

- wax paper 




this is what you have to do



- spray-paint your glass bottle





- if you are planning to stamp your bottle, it is a good idea to choose a rather square bottle



- get your clear stamp and your ink pad ready







- press the stamp firmly onto the bottle



- i knew it was going to be quite difficult to as the surface of the bottle was very slippery, but i didn't know that it seemed to be impossible to get a flawless label.




- as you can see, i tried again...better...but still not perfect



- according to my initial plan, the project would have been finished by now...but i considered the outcome not as puristic as planned...not i found it simply too boring




- i had to come up with a creative idea to pimp the gift wrap bottle




- i decided to give the bottle a faux vintage style, which i created, by adding some black colour to the edges of the bottle by using a sponge








- adding a wax seal seemed to be another fancy idea



- get your sealing wax, your sealing stamp, your lighter, your butchers twine and wax paper ready



- create a loop with your butchers twine and place it onto the wax paper


- light your sealing wax



- drizzle the sealing wax onto the butchers twine to fix the loop



- press your stamp firmly onto the sealing wax



- let sit until the sealing wax gets firm



- while trying to remove the stamp, you will notice how easy the seal can be removed from the wax paper





- still there isn't any problem with removing the stamp from the seal



- the seal in combination with the butchers twine created sort of a necklace for the bottle



- you just have to place it around the neck of the bottle...pretty, isn't it?











- now you just have to unscrew the lid of the bottle and place your message inside






- that's it...another beautiful gift wrapping idea, this time made from an upcycled glass bottle.

i hope you enjoyed the tutorial,,,thank you very much for stopping by...best regards...silke