This easy tutorial shows you how you can upcycle food Containers into gift boxes!

How to upcycle canisters into gift boxes for treats!

During the holiday season I find myself looking for new creative ways to gift the goodies that we bake for others for gifts. In the past I have used baggies and food containers.  Since I found a recent splurge on items that were in food containers, I decided to upcycle them into goodie containers.

These containers can be used for goodies like this Almond Roca Fudge or this Peppermint Bark. These cans are very easy to make with minimal effort!

How to upcycle canisters into gift boxes for treats!


  • Cans from coffee, candy etc.
  • Spray Paint
  • Washi Tape

How To:

How to turn a Trader Joes coffee can into a gift box just by spray painting it!

This can was a coffee canister from Trader Joe’s, pumpkin spice to be exact!

What I used: Rust-Oleum Gold Spray Paint
Almond Roca can turned into a gift box for goodies.

This one is the Almond Roca can. I didn’t realize that the logo was 3D so that is something you want to watch for if you cannot remove a label and paint over it.

What I used: Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint

Trader Joes Coffee can turned into a gift box for goodies.

This may be my favorite can, it was created from the gingerbread coffee canister from Trader Joe’s.

What I used: washi tape.

Candy can turned into a gift box.

This one was the candy canister.

What I used: wrapping paper and washi tape.

How to upcycle canisters into gift boxes for treats!

Have a baker in your life? Create this handmade Baker’s Gift Basket for them for the holidays!

Easy DIY Baker Gift Basket for less than $10

My favorite gifts to give are the ones we make. I made this baker gift set for my sister and it includes some kitchen tools, homemade vanilla and a gingerbread loaf mix. The baking gift sets are easy to make because you can include a jar mix and a few utensils and ingredients. This gift basket includes a mix for gingerbread loaves and homemade vanilla. I love gifting the homemade vanilla I shared in this post for making homemade vanilla because it’s easy to make and it’s pretty frugal to make. The utensils and loaf pans were less than a dollar at Walmart and the mustache spatula was half off at Hobby Lobby making this basket less than $10 to make.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Consumer Crafts. All opinions are my own.
Christmas Vignette with  

Last week I shared about my shopping experience with Consumer Crafts. I hadn’t shopped here before but I heard great things about this site. I got my goodies this week and I am excited to show you what I made with them!

 Here is my unboxing video I shared on Instagram!

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This post is sponsored by Blueprint and I Love To Create for the #uglysweaterchallenge
DIY your Ugly Sweater for the Christmas party this year!
Last year I held my very first ugly sweater party. I don’t think I have a picture but it was pretty simple, I tok a sweater and hot glued Christmas lights to it. Fun, right?! This year I decided to do something different and I did a fun glitter DIY ugly sweater. I lucked out my finding a red sweatshirt at Goodwill for only $3.99. I don’t care how annoying glitter is to clean, I knew I wanted a sparkly ugly sweater. Tulip sent me some glitter products and I was excited to put them to good use.



I really enjoyed all of these products. The Fashion Glitter Bond was easy to use with the glitter. The vinyl was easy to adhere and the brush on paint was perfect for the sweatshirt. Here is my before:


Here is what I used:

  • Sweatshirt from Goodwill
  • Tulip Glitter Iron On Transfer Sheets
  • Tulip Fashion Glitter
  • Tulip Soft Paint
  • Tulip Glitter Dimensional Fabric Paint
  • Freezer Paper
  • Cricut Explore
  • Iron



How To:

  • I cut the green glitter vinyl sheet on the Cricut Explore into a Christmas tree. I cut these on the “Iron On” setting, this one worked perfectly.
  • I then cut ornament shapes on freezer paper on the Cricut Explore.
  • I started with the green tree and ironed it onto the sweatshirt. This was pretty easy to adhere to the shirt.
  • I took the deer head stencil and ironed it onto the top of the tree. I then took the glitter glue and spread it throughout the stencil. I topped it with the gold glitter and let set for about 3o minutes. I removed it carefully to include any extra glitter.
  • I then wrote out “Be Merry” in gold glitter.
  • I finished by ironing on the ornament stencils to the sweatshirt. I filled them in with the different glitters and paints.
  • I finished with some glitter paint accents towards the bottom.



Sparkly Ugly Sweater


Sparkly Ugly Christmas Sweater

My biggest tip is to be patient while the paint dries, plan on making your sweater at least a couple days before.

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DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Ikea Hack: DIY Skeleton Rug

 If you have been to Ikea, you have probably seen the white rug for less than $3.00. I picked one of these up recently and knew I wanted to do an Ikea Hack and turn it into a Skeleton Rug for Halloween. The cool thing about this rug is that the Clever Guy can have it in his room after Halloween!

Of course, I used my handy dandy Cricut Explore. I really am pretty obsessed with it, especially for my holiday creations. Since I started doing the screen printing with the freezer paper, my life is changed! The screen printing process with the Cricut Explore is pretty easy. All I have to do is load the mat with a piece of freezer paper, cut out the stencil I want then I use that to paint on fabric.
DIY Skeleton Rug

Ikea Hack: DIY Screen Print Skeleton Rug

What you’ll need:

  • White Rug (I bought this one from Ikea for a few bucks)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • Freezer paper

DIY Skeleton Rug

How to:

  • Cut this skull out on Freezer Paper with the Cricut.
  • Iron the cut waxy side down on the middle of the rug.
  • Once secure, take the brush with black paint and dab on the open space of the inside of the cut. You’ll want to put at least two coats on and push the brush around in the fabric.
  • Allow to dry. Coat with Thompsons Fabric Seal or other fabric sealant to keep the paint from running.


DIY Skeleton Rug, less than $5 to make

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