Tuesday, July 3, 2012


This is pretty much my last 4th of July project. (*sigh*)  I did it as a guest post recently, but I'm re-posting it here today.  It's a fairly quick and really easy project I made out of a cookie tin.

  I love these cookies:

Recently, after finishing off a can of them (I may or may not have had a little help!), I figured instead of throwing that can away, I could probably make something out of it.  I have a lot of patriotic decor.  I l-o-v-e the 4th of July!  I figured I could make a patriotic canister out of this tin and after the 4th, use it to store some of my smaller red, white and blue stuff in.

I have some Washi tape that I picked up at Target.  It was $4 for 4 rolls, which means it was about a dollar per roll.  Super affordable.

I spray painted my can with just some basic white primer.  I like primer, it covers really well and dries like a flat paint.  After it was dry, I gathered up a my Washi tape, a stencil, a blue marker and a really cool adhesive temporary tattoo that I found on clearance after the 4th of July last year.
Obviously, everyone might not have snapped up one of those cool tats, but you could use buttons or jewels or whatever you have on hand!  I decorated the top first, because I have no patience and I really wanted to see what that jewelled tattoo would look like on the lid.  I also cut  a strip of the red dotted tape in half and put it around the base of the lid.
This was enough inspiration to keep me going!

I put some more of the Washi tape around my canister in kind of a random pattern, leaving an open space in the middle.

Then, I grabbed a stencil that had some numbers on it and, because I really stink at stencilling, I traced the numbers on first with a pencil.
Then I took my blue Crayola washable marker and just filled it in.
I thought about putting "USA" on it, but went with the numbers instead.

Whaddayuh think??  It's not only fun and patriotic, it's functional as well!  If you don't have Washi tape for the stripes, you could just tape them off with masking tape or painters tape and paint them on.  I even thought about using fabric for the stripes, but finally just settled on the tape.  I put it up on my fantel with some of my other patriotic decor.
I think it looks kinda snappy with it's bold stripes!  I also think that this may be the worst picture I've ever taken, but there is so much shiny stuff on that shelf, I just couldn't seem to get it right no matter how hard I tried!  Note to self:  Work on photography skills.

Enjoy your Fourth and enjoy your Freedom and always remember that it wasn't free.


  1. What a great wrap up on a great post. The tin looks great. I love the 1776 instead of USA. And, now that you are on the washi tape band wagon, perhaps I should be as well. I've never used it but it appears everyone else is. It looks great on your tip.

    Happy 4th!

  2. I never think to make altered projects, but I should give it a try. Your projects always turn out great :))

    Happy 4th to you!!


  3. Cute, cute, cute! I recently saved some adorable Illy coffee cans...they don't have the ridges in them so they will make a very nice craft when I figure out what to do with them. Might have to finally try that washi tape. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Ah, I have that same can. Nice for a go. Such a pretty patriotic DIY. Have a GREAT day.

  5. Well... aren't you just clever and creative!
    Nice job!!

    Hope you enjoy Independence day!!

    Smiles :)

  6. I really like the 1776 twist as well. Very clever and love that washi tape.

  7. CUTE! I've never worked with washi tape, but now I just have to!