I never cease to be amazed at all of the cool DIY projects that people dream up and this one is quite extraordinary! It’s costs virtually nothing to make, yet it is absolutely beautiful.
These little boxes this guy makes are a fabulous idea for Christmas presents, as unique as they are, and people will adore them!
Using abrasive paper and/or steel wool, rub off the paint/printing on the outside the can. This doesn’t have to be perfect, as tthis will be the inner surface of the finished box.
However, skipping this step altogether makes it quite hard to see what you’re doing in subsequent steps.
By far the easiest time to do this is when the can is still full and sealed, because the liquid inside will support the walls as you press on them with the abrasive.
The basic premise is simple: scrub the paint off the can with an abrasive, cut the top and bottom off, and roll the body of the can flat. Once laid out and taped down, you can use simple tools (like a ball point pen) to emboss the metal.
Keep in mind, if you make another box of similar design, but a quarter inch smaller all around the top, you can fit the first one over it as a lid. The bottom box can then be lined with fabric or felt glued into place, or self-adhesive flock.
Watch how this guy with AtomicShrimp does this cool project in his step by step tutorial.