Altered Paint Cans

by Emily Giovanni

Perfect gift packaging every time.


  • Paint can
  • Patterned paper
  • Sticky Strip™ or other double-sided, extra-tacky tape
  • Coluzzle™, other cutting system, or circle punch
  • Ribbon, flowers, embellishments (Optional)


  1. Step 1

    Cut patterned paper to the fit the paint can.

    Depending on the size of your can, two strips may be needed to cover the entire surface.

  2. Step 2

    Apply Sticky Strip™ to all edges of paper's reverse side.

  3. Step 3

    Remove liner from adhesive and apply to can, lining up the paper's edge with the top of the can. Remove adhesive liner as the paper is wrapped around the can.

    If two strips were needed to go around can, do the same with the second strip.

  4. Step 4

    Apply Sticky Strip™ to paper for bottom of can. Line up this strip where the first seam was. Wrap paper around the can, lining the edge up with the bottom edge of the can.

    If two strips were needed to go around can, do the same with the second strip.

  5. Step 5

    Cover the middle seam with ribbon or other embellishments. Adhere with Sticky Strip™ or glue dots to ensure embellishments will not pop off.

  6. Step 6

    Complete can. For this small lid, a Marvy Uchida™ Giga Scalloped Circle was adhered with Sticky Strip™. This can was finished with a L'il Davis® chipboard letter on dimensionals.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Altered Paint Cans. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I saw on the Valentine creations how a lady made a paint can clear, where you could see inside. Do you have any idea how she did this?
alison merrow  |  Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 6:35 PM
Great idea love it, it has given me inspiration for a kids class, nice and safe no cut edges by way of using all the baby milk powder tins, that I saved, as you do, with plastic push on lids, I can also see a trip to my local diy shop for samples of sticky back boarder papers.
Thank you
Sheila  |  Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 1:18 AM
Fantastic idea!! I really, really love it!!
Jennifer  |  Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 5:39 AM
This is great. My husband works for a hardware company and at shows, they leave empty can. Now I know what to do with them.
Birdtracks  |  Mon May 5, 2008 at 9:02 PM
I LOVE your site!! Thanks for the always interesting posts!
Poetry  |  Sat May 10, 2008 at 8:24 AM
I've been making these paint cans for along time. The ideas are endless. I have a scrapbook store and one of my favorite classes is paint pail night.
Donna  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 3:18 PM
I am starting a paint can project and I'm using Stampin Up printed paper and it doesn't fit all the way around and leaves about a 1 1/2" gap - I was wondering what creative ways people were dealing with this. I'm using quart cans - any ideas would help.

Cathi  |  Thu May 15, 2008 at 5:55 PM
I would cut two equal lengths enough to overlap about 1/4" on each side for two seams. Don't worry about designs not matching up people rarely see them. They're too excited about getting a handmade gift.
Donna  |  Fri May 16, 2008 at 4:54 AM
For my daughter I decorated a paint pail but had great difficulty in going around the place where the handle goes in. Any ideas would greatly be appreciated. Thanks.
Nina Babcock  |  Wed Jun 4, 2008 at 4:33 AM
I made a template that allows for the handle knobs. If you would like it send me your e-mail address and I will send it to you.
Donna  |  Wed Jun 4, 2008 at 7:01 AM
I would love to see the template! i am making paint cans for the other kindergarten teachers in my school and have trouble with the handles everytime!
Amy  |  Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 9:40 PM
What is your e-mail address so I can get the template for the paint can (handles)?
Thank you,
Nina Babcock  |  Tue Jun 24, 2008 at 3:20 AM
I would love to have a copy of the template for the paint cans if you don't mind.
Tricia6653  |  Wed Jul 2, 2008 at 4:49 PM
I would love the template for the paint cans also. Thx
Debbie  |  Wed Jul 9, 2008 at 2:06 PM
My e-mail address is [email protected] Just send me a message and I'll send you the template.
Donna  |  Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 5:00 AM
I would love to have the template for the paint cans.
Freida  |  Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 3:57 PM
I would love to have the template for the paint cans. I tried to do one and it took over 4 hours to make one.... I love the idea!!!

Thanks you
Michelle Daley  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 9:52 AM
I would love the template also pretty please smile
My email is [email protected]
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Can't wait to get started on this project!
Amber  |  Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 5:05 PM
I have a template also for the altered paint can. Just send me your e-mail address..........I'll send it to you. My e-mail is [email protected]
Nina Babcock  |  Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 9:22 AM
This is interesting, I could modify the design to suit my taste, nice post Free Gift Box Template .
Free Gift Box Template  |  Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 9:35 PM

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