Tips Week: Day One

Okay, to kick off Tips Week, I thought I’d share a tutorial. This is a variation from the other paint can tutorial I did earlier for SCS. The first one used a smaller paint can and red liner tape. This version uses a slightly larger paint can and mod podge. So here goes!

Mod Podged Paint Can Tutorial





Paint can

Mod Podge

Foam Brush

Patterned papers


Aluminum Foil (optional)

Stamps, Ribbon, Embellishments (optional)




Step 1:

Cut patterned papers. (I chose to use 2 and cut one to cover the top 1/3 of the can and cut the other to cover the bottom 2/3 of the can. I have two pieces as 12 in wasn’t enough to go all the way around the can. This can measures approx. 6 in tall.)




Step 2:

Using foam brush, paint mod podge on bottom 2/3 of can. Paint about half way around to adhere the first strip.




Step 3:

Adhere bottom paper to mod podge can. Use your finger to smudge mod podge over the edge of the paper. This will seal it onto the can. Press down firmly as you go around the can. It is very important to smooth paper as you go, keep it flush with the bottom edge of the can, and continually pull taught to alleviate wrinkling and bubbling.



Step 4:

Adhere the second half of the bottom paper to the mod podge can. Make sure that the paper lines up at the seams and that the edges are mod podged so they will not peel up.




Step 5:

Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the top half of the can. Make sure that the paper is pulled as taut as possible for fewer wrinkles and bubbles.



Step 6:

Using foam brush, paint entire can with mod podge. This will make the can more durable. Allow to dry fully before moving to step 7.



Step 7:

Embellish as you would like. The ribbon on this can was attached using glue dots. Use glue dots or sticky strip to adhere ribbon – be sure to use enough so that it doesn’t loosen.




Step 8:

For the lid, this can used the largest circle on the Coluzzle circle template. After cutting it out, use foam brush and mod podge to adhere circle to can lid.



After this step, add whatever you like to dress up and finish the can. It can be filled with whatever you like to go along with the theme of your can. This can was finished using Bundle of Joy and Doodle Alphabet.


That’s it! I hope that’s a good kick off to this week and I’ll have something else for you tomorrow!

I’m always interested in what you would like tutorials on, so let me know!











17 comments to Tips Week: Day One

  • Beautiful paint can, and very helpful tutorial. I’m going to make a few of them for Christmas gifts and will definitely be referring to your tutorial for help. Thanks!

  • I love how your baby can turned out. I’ve often been tempted to make one of these but haven’t yet.

    Your tutorial was very clear and it was especially helpful to see the step-by-step photos (for us visual learners). I can’t wait for your next tip or tutorial!

    Bring it on!

  • Barb Hendrickson

    Just darling, Emily! Where do you find your paint cans?
    By the way…..awesome guacamole…..oh, so delicious. 🙂

    barb h

  • Just adorable! Your tutorial is so great! Very detailed and easy to understand. Thanks for taking the time to put it together!

  • Great tutorial, thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Thanks for the tutorial. The paint can is great, what a fun way to package a special gift.

  • kim-kauai17

    Cute tin and great tutorial. Thanks Em!

  • Jennifer B.

    too cute!! what a great gift idea!! love it!!

  • I love it! That’s a great gift idea.

  • Karen L.

    Very cute! Thank you for the tutorial. 🙂

  • Well, this tutorial is WONDERFUL. I bet you’d be surprised at how many people wouldn’t have tried this before because it’s an intimidating project. You have made it look so simple, so I bet many will try it now! GREAT JOB!!

  • Melissa F.

    Great tutorial. Where is the handle for the can?

  • Joan

    You did a great job at showing how to do the paint can. It turned out really nice. I can’t wait to see the next tutorial.

  • Such a CUTE can! I’ve got a couple cans like this floating around so I will give this a go soon! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  • I might just try this! Me and mod podge are just starting our relationship! Thanks for all the help at the convention!!!!!

  • Meghan

    I love this can and want to make it for a friend. The paper is perfect, what is it?

  • Carmen

    I love this project! Just the idea I was looking for!! I will be changing it up a bit. I’ll be using it for my children’s teacher. I always wondered what Mod Podge was used for. Know I can create so many things-Thanks for the tutorial! Keep them coming.

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>




A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.