Christmas in a Can, DIY Gift Idea

I love making DIY gifts for the holidays, it’s such a fun and inexpensive way to show someone you care. When I found these adorable little metal pails, I knew I wanted to create something with them! Here’s what I came up with

Christmas gift

Christmas in a Can

You’ll Need

Small metal pails, I found mine online at B2Bwraps. They come in metal and clear and have different sizes. I choose the 3×5 size which is perfect for filling with popcorn, they so carry 2×2 and a 3×3 size if you wanted to do something smaller for nuts or candies. Prices range from $2.02 – $3.41 right now depending on the size. You can also try your local craft or hardware stores, or just find something similar. 

Wrapping paper in a festive design. My green chevron paper is also from, but any fun design will work. You could also use scrapbooking paper. 




Printer with coloured ink

a treat to fill it up with, popcorn is perfect, especially a yummy gourmet flavour! Nuts and other treats would work great too.



Cut the wrapping paper to length, then with a pencil trace out where the handles go. I just used a pencil to trace the circle from the handle and then used scissors to cut it out. You can cut a matching circle out for the lid as well.


Now wrap the finished the paper around the can and secure with a piece of tape. Tape the circle in place on the lid (you could also use photo mounting squares if you have them on hand to keep it nice and flat).


They already look cute just like this!

I made all my labels using picmonkey, which is a fun and free online tool. Think of a fun saying to co ordinate with your treat, or use one of mine! 

popping by

happy holidays resized

holiday movie munchies sized

nuts about you resized

Picmonkey has some really fun fonts and preset labels and images you can use to put together whatever saying you want. You can even add your name or the recipients name right on the label to make them even more personalized. Play around and have some fun with them! 

Now all you have to do is attach your labels, fill the can with your treat of choice and add some ribbon to the handle if you choose! 


christmas can


This makes a fun little gift for a teacher, bus driver, babysitter, coach…! (jus’ sayin’)



  1. This is such a cute idea.

  2. Jen I love this idea! I’m always looking for creative and affordable ideas for the teachers, lunch monitors and secretary. With 4 kids you can imagine it gets expensive so cute homemade things like this are wonderful. You can also find non GMO popping corn now at Costco which is a great option for those who want it. Take care.

  3. Great gift idea! I did something similar last year for teacher gifts! The teachers loved them so much they were gone before the end of day!

  4. Bookmarking! I am always looking for new and fun ideas to give out as homemade gifts for the holidays, this is perfect! Thank you for sharing!! 🙂

  5. Wow you are amazing, I was sitting here wondering what the heck am I going to do with all this popcorn I “had” to order from my nephews cubs group (gotta support the kids right). Well I don’t eat popcorn but now I know a lot of family who are getting uber cute gifts filled with the popcorn that would otherwise go to waste 🙂

  6. Anna Johnson says:

    Cute ideas! My boys and I will have fun making these!

  7. These would make great teacher or exchange gifts!

  8. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    These are fabulous, love the tins they look great. I don’t have any teachers or such to gift these days but I will keep this in mind in case I need a little something for someone 🙂

  9. This would be a great gift for a teacher!

  10. Those are super cute. Maybe I can do something similar with all the very old mason jars we have!

  11. Very cool idea might be using this one!

  12. I really like this as a teacher gift! Definitely gonna try and make it happen!

  13. kathy downey says:

    Thanks this is a neat idea!

  14. What a great craft for our girls to give to there little friends 🙂

  15. nicolthepickle says:

    These are so cute! You have this amazing creative streak in you.

  16. Chandra O"Connor says:

    im doing homemade gifts this year great idea

  17. Wow! You make that look so easy and yet so PROFESSIONAL!

  18. I love those little paint cans! They’d be great for kid’s party favors, Easter treats- even around the house for supply storage- so many cute uses. I like what you’ve done here! Thanks.

  19. This would be great for a teacher! 🙂

  20. Anne Taylor says:

    Such a cute gift idea and not difficult at all! Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. Victoria Ess says:

    These are super cute and really creative!

  22. This is such a great idea. I would love to receive one of these for Christmas. I think it’s also a great gift for a teacher!

  23. Darren Scrubb says:

    Cute looking Holiday gift I look forward to making in December.

  24. Elva Roberts says:

    These cans are so neat and cute-a real conversation piece. I love the decals that we can print off to decorate our containers. Thank you so much for such a neat and tasty gift idea.

  25. kathy downey says:

    I really like this ideas and seriously thinking of making a few with the grandkids for their special friends

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