Altered Pop Top Can

by Julie Buhler

Alter a pop top can container and fill it with goodies. It makes a great gift container for small gifts or candy.


  • Pop Top Can
  • Safety Can Opener
  • Coluzzle™
  • Patterned Paper
  • Scissors
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Candy or other filling
  • Crystal Effects or other STRONG glue


  1. Step 1

    Open the can AT THE BOTTOM with a safety can opener. Drain contents and wash container.

  2. Step 2

    Apply Sticky Strip™ at the seam of the can.

  3. Step 3

    Cut patterned paper tall enough to cover the area between the top and bottom of the tin, and long enough to wrap around the can, leaving a slight overlap.

    Adhere over the Sticky Strip™ and add more Sticky Strip™ to the end of the paper. Remove the red liner, then wrap the paper around the and adhere.

  4. Step 4

    Measure the top of the can with a Coluzzle™ template. Only measure the metal area that is going to pop out when the can is opened.

  5. Step 5

    Cut circle to fit.

  6. Step 6

    Slide paper under the tab to get an idea of how much will need to be cut off.

  7. Step 7

    Use your scissor to cut off a side of the circle. There is no set amount, but start with a little and keep trimming until it fits.

  8. Step 8

    Using Sticky Strip™, adhere paper circle to the lid of the can.

  9. Step 9

    Now, fill the can. Turn it upside down and add desired contents. If adding food items, put them in a baggie. This way, the glue used to close the container will not touch the food.

  10. Step 10

    Apply a thin strip of Crystal Effects™ (or other STONG glue) all the way around the outer rim of the cut out bottom.

  11. Step 11

    Press the bottom back on, wiping away excess glue with a tissue.

    Leave can upside down and weigh down a heavy object on top until the glue has dried for a few hours or overnight.

    When dry, embellish as desired!!

  12. Step 12

    Finish decorating your can.


    Use a can without the pop top.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Altered Pop Top Can. 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.

How fun is this!!! I have to go out and get a safety can opener now...who'd a thought that would become a craft supply!?! Lol!! Thanks for the fantastic idea and tutorial!!
Joycelyn Turner  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 5:46 PM
I made an Altered Pop Top Can for a Christmas gift for my daughter. Everyone thought is was such a cute and clever way of wrapping a smaller gift!!
She kept wondering what could be in this can!!
I had a blast making this gift package!
MichiganFan  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 6:52 PM
Is there any reason you could just use a can of peanuts for something?
rockin rhon  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 6:53 PM
being a nurse i would be hesitant to use a canof peanuts even if you cleaned it out well. too chancey of allergic reaction. some people could still have a bad reation. but if you knew that there was no problem with allergies i think you could use a peanut can
Cora Shrum  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 7:00 PM *know* it has to be adorable when my DH comes in and says "that's neato!!!"

I'm going to go buy the safety can opener and some fruit cups tonight...seriously!
Holyteror  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 7:14 PM
I have just learned how to use my safety can opener. I got my though Pampered Chief.
Rhonda  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 7:18 PM
What a clever idea!!!! What a way to "think outside the box"!!!
Tara Hilde  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 7:19 PM
can buy the automatic can opener from Bed bath & beyond and use 20% coupon too. I love that little thing. Hands free and no cranking. battery operated.
D  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 7:29 PM
I love it Julie!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 8:01 PM
Hi, I'm a participating observer; I try things but don't upload. Have really enjoyed the information in the newsletters. Every once in a while you mention something I'm not familiar with so I scope it out on the net for further information. Haven't had much luck finding Crystal Effects. Would you please send me further information; i.e. manufacturer, etc. Thanks!
Ellen  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 8:06 PM
What a super fun project! Thanks for this tutorial, and thanks also for making my coluzzle even easier to use with the different colored lines! I love it!
Michelle  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 8:16 PM
I order crystal effects from Stampin' Up! I am a demonstrator.
Laurie  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 8:58 PM
Thanks for the great tutorial! This is an awesome idea and with Valentine's right around the corner, this gives me a great project to make for my nieces and nephews!
Stampin Champin  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 9:11 PM
this is true...didn't think about doing that to my coluzzle!
Holyteror  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 9:20 PM
Very creative! Thanks, this will be great for lots of little surprises. You have got my mojo working again..Thanks again!
Peggy-Sue Stuckky  |  Wed Jan 2, 2008 at 11:03 PM
Thanks for the great idea, i wish i had had that idea for christmas!! oh well!! there is always this year. I had better start saving my cans.
Quiltmumbev  |  Thu Jan 3, 2008 at 2:44 AM
I Love this idea - my dd8 is watching me browse and she loves it too!!!
I've ordered Crystal Effects - I can't wait to try this when it arrives!
Thanks for the great instructions smile
[email protected]  |  Thu Jan 3, 2008 at 3:56 AM
It is great to make can for Valentine's Day and Easter, too. What kind of the can you buy? Thanks alot for showing me.
Happy New Year.
Roberta Noddin  |  Thu Jan 3, 2008 at 5:03 AM
You can use soup cans too! Even if they have the rounded bottom, use the can opener on the top. Glue the top on with crystal effects or other stong glue. Progresso soup cans are large enough to hold gift cards.
Sharon  |  Thu Jan 3, 2008 at 5:45 AM
You can use any can that has a poptop...I've made one out of the new chef boyardee (name dropping oh no!! ready to serve cans. They are great if you want to use bigger treats.
Sarah  |  Thu Jan 3, 2008 at 6:01 AM

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