At last! Here are some decorating ideas for Fall goody containers. Make up several to fill with nuts, candies, snack mixes and give as "from-the-heart" gifts to teachers, friends, and co-workers.
First, you'll need empty metal cans; clean and dry.
|Remove labels and glue. Wash cans in warm, soapy water.|
|Add rinsed cans to a sink of cool water + 1 Cup of vinegar to remove oils.|
|Allow to dry thoroughly before painting.|
|Seal with a multi-purpose sealer (I use DecoArt(R) Americana.|
I like to spray cans with a light coat of dark brown after sealing. This gives them a little "tooth" which gives the acrylic paint something to stick to. Add base coats with a sea sponge or sponge brush. This prevents stroke marks. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next coat.
Transfer designs to painted cans using transfer paper and a stylus.
Paint as desired. Fill baggies with nuts, candies, or snack mixes and use a chenille stem for the tie. Or, wrap homemade cookies in waxed paper. (Tip: make your raw cookie dough into smaller balls before baking; that way they're just the right size for a large can).
|This design wraps all the way ...|
|... around the pail!|
Varnish lightly and allow to dry thoroughly before outlining details with a permanent marking pen.
More ideas to come! I'm still wrestling with "how to" upload patterns onto my blog. If you know how to do this, I am ALL EARS!