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.

Where do I get the paint cans?
debbie kissinger  |  Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 12:47 PM
You can find the pain cans at Lowe's and usually at a paint store.
Nina Babcock  |  Sat May 1, 2010 at 2:27 PM
I have 11 year old girls decorating their own cans and think the template would be a great for them. Could someone email it to me at [email protected]

Thanks so much
Nicole  |  Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 7:27 PM
I would also like a copy of the template that accommodates the handles of the paint can. I <gasp> actually threw 4 cans out that I intended to use as gift holders for my grand children. Thank you
Bonnie  |  Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 7:47 PM
Please send me your e-mail address so I can send you the template. My e-mail address is listed in the previous responses. Nina
Nina Babcock  |  Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 7:35 AM
I am decorating some paint cans and understand there is a template for the handles - ?? Could someone possible share with me? Thanks!
Diane  |  Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 6:28 PM
Hi Diane,
I would be more than happy to send you the template if you send me your e-mail address. I don't know how to send the template through SCS. My address is [email protected]
Nina Babcock  |  Tue Nov 30, 2010 at 9:52 AM
to cool!!!!!!!!!!!


Zara  |  Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 4:12 PM
This is a great way to get rid of paint cans!!!
Thanks so much!!!

Lana  |  Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 4:19 PM
Great tutorial. I had seen a can done like this awhile ago for a baby shower. On the can was a cute saying about how life is difficult when the babies are babies so write a note or put pictures in the can to keep the memories until you have time to scrapbook - something on that order. Do you or anyone have that saying?
Abby  |  Sat Mar 5, 2011 at 8:31 PM
Baby saying:
Baby books are great ideas,
But sometimes life gets busy.
Living with a little one
Can put you in a tizzy.
Milestones pass much too fast at times,
To find the proper page.
So, jot a note of each event with baby’s age.
“took 3 steps on May 5 or teething 5 Dec.”
Drop the note in this memory can
To be sure you remember
Nina Babcock  |  Tue Mar 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM
I am currently making an altered paint can for a new born baby and would love the template for adhering the paper around the handles.
Thanks so much,
Michelle :O)
Michelle Endris  |  Sun May 1, 2011 at 6:55 PM
Michelle Endris.....I'm so sorry, I just now saw this post....and you probably have already done the pail but if you would post your e-mail or write me, I will certainly send you the template. [email protected]
Nina Babcock  |  Tue Aug 2, 2011 at 10:00 AM
I would also love to have the template for the paint cans. I botched up so many times....Thankyou soooo much

Wendy smile
Wendy Bale  |  Fri Dec 9, 2011 at 8:18 PM
I would like to have the template for the paint cans. Thank you so much.
Helen  |  Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 6:29 AM
I am working on a girl scout project and would like the template for the paint cans. Thank you so much>
Marlen Kennedy  |  Tue Sep 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM
I am going to use your paint can for a christmas gift for my grand daughter and would love the template thank tou so very much
Pat  |  Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 6:35 PM
Pat, if you would send me your e-mail address I can send you the template. My e-mail is [email protected]
Nina Babcock  |  Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

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