I’m really not much of a crafter, so the things I try are usually quite simple. I like Ink projects — making computer generated cards and such, but do try other things once in a great while.
My grandchildren live at a distance and are getting older. Even if they were young enough to get excited about an Easter basket, mailing baskets just doesn’t work well. So I wanted to do something small, easy to mail, and different.
I’ve been saving items to re-purpose, which seems to be popular in crafting circles. Since we open our cans with an under-the-rim can opener, we have no sharp edges and the lids snap back on. So here’s what I did:
You need: Some vegetable cans with lids than snap on, computer, printer, paper, photo for the label, scissors, glue – I used a hot glue gun. I made one can for each grandchild.
The labels read:
FRONT – (over the photo) – Gramma’s, Pickled Chicks, Easter Delicacies, NET WT – unknown, Fat Free – not, Cholesterol Free – not.
LEFT SIDE – Distributed by: GRAM INK, Inc with love, City, State, email address, web site address, “A few treats and a healthy dose of love”, Expiration Date: The treats won’t last long. The love is forever!
RIGHT SIDE – Nutrition Facts, Servings per container: 1, Calories: 2 many, Total Fat: 2 much, Sodium: 2 much, Healthy Stuff: 2 little, Love: A Whole Lot, Happy Easter
Printing the labels: I made labels with the computer using Word. I used an unmarked photo I found on Pinterest. Thank you to the unknown photographer. Center the photo on the label leaving room for the “ingredients, nutrition, etc. on each end. Just make up some funny things for that information. I used text boxes to place the text, both on the photos and on the ends.
This is to illustrate each end. There should be no split.
Trim to size: The total size of the labels I made were 41/8 inches by 81/4 inches. I had to trim the length on some of them to avoid gluing over any text at the joining. You will want to overlap a little but not over text.
Glue to can: After trimming to size and making sure they would not overlap the text, I hot glued at the joining.
Fill, close, and ready to mail: I filled with a few treats in a sandwich bag, added a little cash, popped the lid back on, and they were ready to package for mailing to the Grandkids.