Gift Wrapping Surprise: A Can of Beans

Need to wrap something special so the recipient can’t tell what it is? Here’s a fun idea for disguising money, gift cards, jewellery, and other small items. Put it in a can!

What you need

  • Empty can (must have a ring pull function)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wrapping

Disguising Christmas Presents - can surprise!

  1. Recycle a can with a pull-ring opening lid.
  2. When you need to open the can to use the contents, leave the pull ring opening intact and instead use a can opener at the base of the can.
  3. Clean the can out thoroughly and dry very well. It’s a good idea to leave it upside-down in a drying rack for at least a few hours.
  4. Be careful of sharp edges, and insert your small gift into a can. It’s a good idea to include paper, tissue paper, fabric or even plastic bags so the shake test won’t work!
  5. Ensure the contents are away from the bottom of the can, then place the base back on and use a hot glue to hold in place.
  6. I glued this on to a cardboard base just so it was easy for me to wrap, but this step is optional.

Baked Beans anyone? When it’s time to open, it will be a total surprise!


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  • Reply
    November 13, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Haha — I once hid a birthday card in a chocalate bar wrapping… with the result that the person I gave it to never opened it (and actually ended up giving the chocolate away as a present to someone else, hahahahaaaa!) — but then complained that I just sent a chocolate bar without a card, :-).

    I still think it’s funny, the other person doesn’t.

    So long,

  • Reply
    November 13, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    How cute!!! Great idea.

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