Always on the lookout for easy gifts to make for extended family, I found a treasure trove of ideas on the Disney-owned Spoonful.com. Some I used for this Christmas, others I'll tuck away for future holidays and birthdays.
For one half of my extended family, adults don't receive any gifts unless you have time to make something by hand. My older daughter and I usually try to scramble up a few handmade items. Neither of us are incredibly crafty, so I'm always on the lookout for easy, inexpensive activities that won't take too long.
This craft is so easy and so quick to make. It took my eight-year-old daughter and I about 20 minutes to make two. It's a great gift for family or friends who spend their working days at a desk.
We had everything but the cork on hand.
Colored or patterned duct tape
14- or 15-ounce can, washed, dried, and label removed
Thin cork sheets or roll (available at craft stores)
Fold a strip of duct tape over the can's top rim and bottom portion. Watch out for any sharp pieces on the top.
Cut a 3-1/2- by 20-inch rectangle of cork. This was a good size for our 14-ounce cans, but you might need to make it bigger or smaller based on your can size. The cork should wrap around the can twice.
Squeeze glue along the edge of the rectangle and lay the can on the glue. Roll the can along the cork. My daughter would squeeze more glue on the cork as soon as the can covered the glue we'd already put on it. At the end of the cork, be sure to run a line of glue along the edge of the cork.
If needed, wrap the container with rubber bands to hold the cork in place as it dries. We bought a roll of cork from the craft store and didn't need the rubber bands to hold it together. It just naturally stayed that way.
As you can tell from the picture, our craftiness stopped at the actual holder. We'll just use thumbtacks that we already have to include with the gift.
I'll be opening up another can of black beans this week for dinner so we can make another one of these!
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