Hanukkah Gift Can
Parental supervision is recommended
This children's craft calls for recycling a food can and transforming it into a pretty Hanukkah gift can.
What you'll need:
- Food can, any size; washed and dried
- Blue craft paint
- Silver craft paint
- Clear glitter
- Glitter or regular pipe cleaner (chenille stem) in blue, silver, or white
- Blue & silver wired ribbon (or regular ribbon)
- Piece of paper
- Tissue paper
How to make it:
- Use a hammer and a nail to punch a hole in the can near the top.
- Repeat on the opposite side of the can. This makes the hole for the pipe cleaner (handle) to go through.
- Paint the can with blue paint. Let dry.
- Paint another coat of blue paint, if needed, and let dry.
- Draw the Star of David on the can with the pencil.
- Paint the Star of David with the silver paint.
- Fold a piece of paper in half. Open the paper back up with the inside of the fold facing up. Note: This makes it easy to retrieve the excess glitter and pour it back into the jar.
- Hold the can over the paper and sprinkle generously with the glitter. Shake off excess glitter.
- Set the can aside to dry.
- Fold the paper in half again (using the fold you made earlier) and pour back into the glitter jar.
- Push the chenille stem from the outside of the can to the inside.
- Fold up the end of the chenille stem to twist around the rest of the chenille stem above the can.
- Bend the chenille stem to the opposite side of the can. Repeat the above 2 steps to make the handle.
- Cut a length of ribbon. Tie a bow around the chenille stem right above the can.
- Use your fingers to wind the bow ends around your fingers to make a spiral. (see photo)
- Repeat on the other side to make an additional bow.
- Add a gift and tissue paper.
- If desired, add a gift tag.
This project can be decorated as simple or as intricate as you wish. Paint a dreidel, a menorah, or just splashes of color to make this a unique gift can. A variety of ages can paint the can, although we recommend the adults using the hammer and nail!
Also see our Gifts, Gifts, and More Gifts To Make area to give you ideas of gifts to make and put inside your decorated gift can.