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!

Questions and Comments

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

I would love the template also. I spent forever last night trying to fit paper around the handles, and I have many more to do. My email is [email protected]
Samantha  |  Mon Sep 8, 2008 at 1:43 PM
I would like the template for these adorable paint cans. I would like to make Christmas gifts for my family. Thanks! My email address is [email protected]
Krissi  |  Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 5:04 AM
I would like the template for the paint cans too! I'm making some for a craft show and it would be so much eaiser if I had it. My email address is [email protected]
Lisa Bryant  |  Tue Sep 16, 2008 at 8:03 AM
I do th eexact same thing but with coffee cans! Way Cheap and I'm helping the enviroment too! For a handle I punch small holes in the side of the can ahere the handle would be and use floral wire for a handle. Works great and it also is a cheap group craft.
Patsy  |  Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 8:05 PM
Sorry about the typing in the previous entry...but you get the idea!
Patsy  |  Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 8:07 PM
Krissi, Lisa, Samantha.......I just now saw your message in wanting a template. Please know that the tutorial was not done by me. All the credit goes to Emily Giovanni. I just devised a template. My e-mail address is [email protected]
Happy Creating
Nina Babcock  |  Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 5:09 AM
I would love to have template for the paint can. I have done one in the past but can not find the template that I had used.

[email protected]
heather reitsma  |  Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 7:02 AM
are the handle bumps addressed in these templates? the sample shown doesnt show them. thats my problem when i wrap a can smile
thanks and God's blessings, Laurel
Laurel (uberadam on scs)  |  Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 7:13 AM
Do you still have template for paint can handles? I am just getting started and would love for it to be easy. Thanks!
Nan Young  |  Sat Mar 28, 2009 at 5:47 PM
I would be more than happy to share this template with you. Please send me your e-mail address.
[email protected]
Nina Babcock  |  Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 11:35 AM
I have not done the paint cans yet and am anxious to try it. I see where there is a template that would help me out regarding the holes for the handle. I would love to have the template, and thank you for your generousity.
Linda Champ  |  Tue Apr 14, 2009 at 3:00 PM
Linda Champ,
Please send me your e-mail address so I can respond to your message by sending the templates. My address is just above your message.
Nina Babcock  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 5:02 AM
Where can I find empty paint cans?
Mona Ndiaye  |  Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 10:10 AM
I just recently did a similar project with a large Jiff peanut butter can. I thought I was being original since I had never seen this being done, but I guess I'm not the only one with this idea. I made it for a friend who recently had a baby girl whose room colors were brown and pink. I covered the can with pink paper. Then I took the brown polka dot paper from the Bella Rose paper pack (retired now) from SU! and made a scalloped border at the top and bottom of the can. I cut out flowers and stems ( very time consuming) and pasted them all over raising some up with dimensionals. I took a ponytail holder with the sheer pieces of material tied to a ponytail band and stretched it until I could fit it over the top of the can. It was the added touch that it needed. It turned out sooo cute. I made it to fill up with headbands for the baby girl. My friends all loved it. I also did this project with a plastic shortening container. It works as well. These are things that you have around your house from time to time, so you don't have to pay any money for the project other than the paper and embellishments. Very resourceful!
Kara  |  Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 9:16 AM
Where do you find empty paint cans? I am really clueless!!!
valoisfrancoise  |  Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 10:29 PM
I would also love the template! I plan to decorate cans with 17 little ones for Valentines! Thanks in advance!
Kim  |  Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 9:09 PM

I love this idea and your can! I am currently in a paint can swap for Valentines day and can't wait to start on my can! We are using gallon paint cans. Can you please send me the template for the can so I know how you handled going around the handles and the protruding bump it comes out of. It is a standard 1 gallon paint can I purchased at Home Depot.

Thanks in advance!!
Vernetta  |  Tue Jan 5, 2010 at 11:45 PM
Love to have your template. I have decorated several paint cans. One for Halloween treat or treat goodies and tied multa colored ribbons about
three inches long on the handle.
Norma Porter  |  Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 11:06 AM
Nice designs it would really be nice if there is a football design on the cans [url=""]
Football Can  |  Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 11:35 AM
I appreciated if someone can email me the template for can with handle I have too much trouble to make it fit.

Thank you

My email is [email protected]
Mylene  |  Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 10:01 AM

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