I love my kids. But, if I was stuck in a room all day with 25 of them, I think I just might need something to get me through those loooong days. Like a secret stash of chocolate. Or, let’s be honest here, a mountain of it. So that’s why this easy Tin Can Teacher’s Survival Kit might just earn you or your kid some brownie points.
If you haven’t come across tin can gifts before, they are so easy and fun to make. I’m going to show you how to take an ordinary tin can, dress it up with the cutest papers and stickers, and fill it with goodies for your child’s teacher to pop open when an emergency strikes. You know, the chocolate kind of emergency.
And the best part is that the teacher can repurpose it as a pencil holder after. Awesome, right?!? And it only takes about 20 minutes making it an easy craft too.
You need a few supplies
- Pebbles Back To School Patterned Papers
- Pebbles Back To School Cardstock Stickers
- Xyron 9” Creative Station, loaded with permanent adhesive
- Xyron Mega Runner
- Can of fruit with a pop tab*
- Tissue paper
- Ruler ribbon (Measure Up by Offray)
- Hot glue gun
- Can opener
- 2″ punch
- Small single hole punch
- Emergency Kit Printable (free download below), printed
All of that stuff is about to become a tin can of awesome. Ready to get started?
Use your can opener and open the can* from the bottom leaving it slightly attached. Do not open from the top like you normally would, or you will lose your pop top. If you accidentally remove the entire bottom, I won’t judge. I’ve done it too. But don’t fret. We’ll fix that a little later.
Empty the contents into a container, wash your can out well, and dry it thoroughly. Remove your label, and try to preserve the label if you can, as you will use it as a guide in a minute.
*So why a can of fruit? You could use a can of artichokes or whatever, but no matter how much you wash it and wash it, it will always smell ever so slightly like its former contents. So something sweet is better. Trust.
Now for the fun part. Fill the can with the contents of your choice. Remember this is a *fun* survival kit, so you can’t go wrong with chocolate and loads of it (hence my choice of the BIG can). Or go candy free and add gift cards, tea … lots of options here.
As you fill it, leave about an inch of space at the top. Then wad up a piece of tissue paper and stuff it in the can. This keeps the glue from seeping onto your gift. Now push the lid back down as flat as you can into the tin can. Don’t worry if it is kind of wonky looking. This is the bottom of your gift, so it doesn’t need to be perfect.
Now fill the edge of the bottom with glue and seal it back up. Let it cool completely before handling again.
If for some reason you completely removed your lid (no judging from this repeat offender!), no worries. When you stuff the tissue paper in over your candy, just try to make it as flat as possible and rest the lid on that. Again, we’re not going for perfect—just sealed closed.
Now that your can is sealed and set, you can start decorating it! Take your Pebbles Back To School Patterned Papers and cut out two pieces of patterned papers that are the same length as the can. Use that leftover label as a guide! I overlapped the green handwriting print and the star print here. Run them through your Xyron 9” Creative Station.
Peel the plastic sheet back and you’re left with two scraps of paper with permanent adhesive on the back.
Adhere the patterned papers to your tin can.
Add your ribbon where those two papers meet. So cute already with these fun papers and ribbon.
Now add some of your Pebbles Back To School Cardstock Stickers until you are happy with the result. With so much cuteness, it was tough deciding on what to use. After lots of back and forth, I finally settled on the large Back to School circle (makes a great focal point!) and the #1 Teacher flag, which I hung from the side. You could also add more stickers, but I really wanted these pretty graphic papers to shine.
Take your Emergency Kit printable (free download below) and punch out a tag using your 2″ craft punch. Then use a small single hole punch, loop some twine through, and tie the tag to the top of the can with some twine so it dangles over the side.
Now tie a bow on top. Or if you are like me and couldn’t tie a bow to save your life, do something simple.
Now you have a unique gift to present to your child’s teacher.
And it can be reused as a pencil holder!
Download your FREE Teacher’s Tin Can Survival Kit Gift Tag Printable
Download your free Teacher Tin Can Survival Kit Printable. Print on cardstock, trim and punch with a 2″ circle craft punch. Use a small single hole punch and ribbon or twine to tie onto your gift.