The Formula Can Craft

Okay, so this one I did without a Pinterest inspiration, which is unusual for me. When my daughter was still using formula, we had what seemed like an endless amount of empty cans around the house. I hated just throwing them all out. My grandmother’s 80th birthday was approaching and it hit me-I could make something for her and give her a gift that would be more meaningful than anything I could buy her. I’m still quite average at the whole “crafting” thing, but it turned out to be quite lovely and I know she appreciated it.

For this one I used a formula can (duh lol), some craft paint, lace, tissue paper, a small metal flower, stamps, construction paper, a musical sheet, printed statements, and a printed, short poem I wrote for the lid. The metal flower is just a little knick-knack I collected over time. It could have been anything.

I painted over the can and the lid and let it dry overnight. I used white, pink, and a few touches of gold. On the top of the can I glued the flower a piece of lace and used tissue paper to put behind my little happy birthday poem.

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On one side I used my stamps, which I don’t have a photo of, but I used green lettering to say happy birthday and I love you on one side. I actually hand wrote her name there too with black marker. I used another stamp to print some simple pink flowers beside the lettering.

I cut out a butterfly outline in construction paper to put behind a church hymn which I used for the front of the butterfly. This was actually my favorite part of the gift. It turned out a lot better than I was expecting and was so simple to do.

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The part that actually meant the most is what I put on the inside. I typed up reasons why she is so special and loved. I glued these little blips onto some scrapbook paper to make it look nicer.

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The photos I have taken are recent photos, and I made this about a year and a half ago. It has held up pretty well. The paint could have probably used another coat and of course I see things  I would have done more sharply but I am still pleased with it. I did what I set out to do, which was use one of these empty cans and make a meaningful gift for my grandmother who deserves every happiness in this world. Maybe you won’t try to do the same thing, but hopefully this inspires you to create something meaningful!

My Simple Valentine’s Day Gift

I made the decision when I started this blog to share the stuff I do whether it sucks or not. That being said, here is the first project I will share. I actually made this one for Valentine’s Day as a gift for my husband. When money is tight but you still want to share something special besides just another card, it’s time to search the Pinterest boards! I found an idea there and it puts my finished product to shame, however, my husband loved it just the same. He keeps it on his night stand and it’s just a little reminder of our love and our wedding too.

Before I get started talking about my project I am going to add the link to the site where I found this project originally. Theirs is adorable and you should check it out for a better idea of what I was going for when I made this. http://www.thedatingdivas.com/two-little-lovers-decor/

The only materials I needed were printing paper, a black marker, red construction paper, and a simple frame to put it in. The only thing I didn’t have around the house was the frame which can be found at any dollar store for the same price as it would have cost me to get him another generic card.

I filled an entire page with the lyrics of the song we danced to at our wedding which was, “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton.  I outlined the shape of a tree with pencil on the printed sheet and cut it out. After using a marker to outline the tree I pasted it to a background white piece of paper. I cut out hearts in red construction paper and put white paper on top of it to write our names on since I couldn’t see the black writing on my red paper very well. I didn’t have the cute string to add to tie the hearts to the tree with, so I simply used the red paper to make it look like they were tied to it. One thing I added myself was the date of our wedding day to the base of the tree. I thought it gave it a little something special.

 

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Now I have something that made my husband happy, was inexpensive, and even if it isn’t perfect-it is mine and it came from my own hands and that makes me happy.