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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Gifts for a gaggle

Pink Paper Bakery: Packaged set of repurposed mint cans

This week, my younger teen is away at marching band camp. I don't go to band camp, but there are an amazing set of parents who give up a week of vacation to chaperone the kids (including my husband!). Instead of carrying water to thirsty marchers or figuring out why Billy isn't in his bed at 1AM, I contribute in my own little way -- by donating pillow gifts for the chaperones.

The first was this little survival kit, in a repurposed mint can. Before you ask: No, I did not eat all these mints. I was surprised when my office neighbor opened his desk drawer and pulled out two dozen of these. I was amazed when he just GAVE THEM TO ME. He was amazed that I wanted them. We were both happy :-).

I followed along with the steps in this tutorial on junk&stuff. I used Alene's tacky glue for the first layer (metal to paper) and then Mod-Podge to give everything a seal. I stuffed the cans with teeny bits I found at a local dollar store: individual packs of pain killer, mints, bandaids, and so on. They turned out GORGEOUS.



  • DSP (this one is retired, but you can use absolutely ANYTHING)

Stamp sets

  • None! I used My Digital Studio to create a label for the inside of the can that included our school's logo and the year

  • Early Espresso (to ink the edges of every piece of paper)


  • Tacky glue and Mod-Podge
  • Craft knife
  • Corner rounder
  • Bits of awesome from your stash
Baker's secrets:
The blog post says to measure every can individually. I just cut my strips for the sides to be 12" long and then either 1/2" or 1/4" wide. DO try to line the pattern up at the center front, where you can. 

Allow PLENTY of time for these. I made 11, and they took a full day (probably 12 hours of work). Worth it, but you might not want to make this many the first time through.

For some reason, I don't have pictures of the INSIDES, but I lined only the top and bottom, not the sides of the interior. 

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