Pop Top Can

June 25, 2007 - 8:04am

Pop Top Can Difficulty: Difficulty 2/5 (2/5)


  • Small pop top can (I like to use the fruit cups that come in a 4-pack)
  • Patterned paper
  • Ribbon
  • Elmer's glue
  • Craft glue
  • Paper cutter
  • Can opener (The kind that uncrimps you can. Can purchase one from Pampered Chef
  • Bag of candy to fill the can
  • Scissors
  • Heavy book
Pop Top Can Supplies


  1. Using your can opener, open the bottom of the can. Eat what's inside! Clean the can out thoroughly and then let the can dry. Pop Top Can
  2. Pour the candy into the can. Fill it most of the way, but not all the way to the top. Pop Top Can
  3. Use the Elmer's glue to go around the edges of the can bottom. You want to make sure you get it on the edges and not the part of the can that will go inside because it might get on the candy. Pop Top Can
  4. Place the can bottom on the can and press down firmly. You will want to put a heavy book on top of it to let it dry. This will keep the bottom in place while the glue dries. Pop Top Can
  5. Now you need your paper cutter to cut you paper. For the size can I used, I cut my paper about 1 /3 inches tall. I wrap the paper around the can, leaving a small amount overlapping and cut off the excess. Pop Top Can
  6. Add your craft glue to both edges of the paper. Pop Top Can
  7. Wrap the paper around the can tightly and hold for a few seconds while the glue adheres. Pop Top Can
  8. Cut some ribbon to tie around the pop top. The length doesn't matter at this point. Pop Top Can
  9. Tie all the ribbons in knots around the pop top. You will need to slide them under the tab to tie them. Then grab all of them at once and cut them so they are the same length. Pop Top Can Pop Top Can
  10. Now you are all finished with your can. There are a many other way to decorate these cans. You can stamp on paper then add it to the can. Or you can add a tag to the can for a little something special. Go nuts! There are so many things you could do to these tiny little cans that will make them a BIG hit! Pop Top Can Pop Top Can
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This is a wonderful idea,so

Posted by Diane (not verified) on June 26, 2007 - 8:32am

This is a wonderful idea,so cute!!! TFS!!!

Hi, Love your cans. Very

Posted by Susan (not verified) on August 22, 2007 - 4:39pm

Hi, Love your cans. Very pretty. Gave me an Idea for a Swap I'm in. Thanks

decorated can

Posted by Vicki G (not verified) on August 23, 2007 - 1:26am

This is an awesome tutorial and a really creative idea! Thank you for explaining in detail with such great pictures. You're a gem!


Can opener

Posted by Debbie (not verified) on October 23, 2007 - 5:37pm

Were (other than pampered chef)can I get a safety can opener that works? The one I bought at Walmart (Oneida)dented the lid and only opened 1 out of 2 cans.


Posted by Andrea on October 23, 2007 - 5:50pm

I might try some where like Bed Bath & Beyond, or Linen's N Things. I don't know where you are located, but maybe a more kitchen-focused store will carry them. Good luck finding one. :)

Well, i think i got mine at

Posted by Can opener (not verified) on August 26, 2009 - 2:10pm

Well, i think i got mine at walmart, and it worked great.

open the bottom of the can

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 2, 2009 - 10:31am

open the bottom of the can not the lid

your projects

Posted by Sammabella (not verified) on November 15, 2007 - 9:10pm

Wow what a terrific site...I love your projects...I sure will be back..


Pop top

Posted by Lisa Burton (not verified) on March 10, 2008 - 7:35pm

This is adorable, I have to go buy some fruit!

Love your can idea!

Posted by kim (not verified) on April 10, 2008 - 3:15am

You are so creative!!! Love your blog!

You deserve an award!!

Posted by Creative Origins (not verified) on September 4, 2008 - 2:42pm

I love your blog, and I have a similar tute on my blog for this great craft! Thanks so much for sharing.

I thoroughly enjoy your blog, and appreciate the work you put into it. I would like to give you an award. Please drop by my blog to pick it up.

Happy Crafting!

I'm making 48 of these for a

Posted by Bee Jay (not verified) on October 13, 2008 - 12:36pm

I'm making 48 of these for a baby shower - to do that many is a bit time intensive, but worth it. One thing I learned while opening these .. once you clamp the opener on the can, pick it up off the counter with the opener handle. the knob on the opener turns much easier without the drag of the can on the counter. Make sure you get all the metal splinters off also - I found a couple.

Great idea, especially love

Posted by Jeremy (not verified) on October 27, 2008 - 10:49am

Great idea, especially love the skittles!

Wow!!!! This is fantastic!

Posted by NJ (not verified) on November 8, 2008 - 3:32am

Wow!!!! This is fantastic! We can use this in any occasion. What a talented girl.

Handmade Jewelry

i'm thinking of doing this

Posted by Jessica (not verified) on December 3, 2008 - 4:39pm

i'm thinking of doing this for christmas [super good idea by the way] so i scurried to my cupboard for some cans to start eating the contents of only to find that i couldnt get the bottom off of any of the cans in there. they are all curled under on the bottom, most likely so that you can't take the bottom off. i'm going to wait for my mom to go food shopping and tell her to buy some soup and other canned goods hopefully one i will be able to get the bottom off of. the funny thing is we have the same brand of corn and peas as you do that fruit you showed but the bottoms different

Great idea! I'll be linking

Posted by Amanda (not verified) on December 17, 2008 - 4:53pm

Great idea! I'll be linking to this.

What a cute idea! You have

Posted by Bonnie Dee (not verified) on March 9, 2009 - 3:56am

What a cute idea! You have inspired me =)

I may make these for my daughters Wedding shower favors. I certainly have alot of Fruit cups to eat!..lol Thank goodness the shower isn't until 20010.

Instead of printed paper, I plan to use a picture of the future Bride and Groom and possibly some sprigs of flowers on top.

hmmm..Now, what to fill them with?
..something creative, not the usual Jordan Almonds or Hershey's kisses...Fresh ideas anyone?

Thank You! Bonnie =)


Posted by Andrea on March 9, 2009 - 11:39am

You could always fill them with M&Ms with the name & date of the wedding on them.

A bulb or flower seeds to plant for the next year...something they will always remember from the wedding each time it blooms.

Love quotes.

An assortment of candies in the wedding colors.

A homemade cookie shaped like a heart (you would have to make them small enough to fit inside the container, though!)

Good luck!

cute idea

Posted by crafts from the heart (not verified) on April 2, 2009 - 6:44pm

I like this idea but I was thinking it would be a great gag gift if you left it undecorated and surprised the recipient who is expecting fruit. :)

This takes the cake for

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 12, 2009 - 1:05pm

This takes the cake for "ultimate cute idea". So creative!

this is such a good idea for

Posted by stephanie (not verified) on April 18, 2009 - 9:27am

this is such a good idea for presents i make them for everybody for their birthdays and change the paper to match their personalities

Thanks for the super-cute

Posted by Emily (not verified) on July 25, 2009 - 2:27am

Thanks for the super-cute idea! I made these and linked back to you here: http://notsoidlehands.blogspot.com/2009/07/christmas-in-july-freecycle-friday.html

Thanks again!

Thanks so much for this

Posted by Emily (not verified) on July 25, 2009 - 2:31am

Thanks so much for this super-cute idea. I made this and linked back to you here:

Thanks again!

Very well made

Posted by How to draw Kakashi (not verified) on August 19, 2009 - 12:06am

I would like to say wow for this. Beautifully and very neatly made.Thanks for sharing!

Beautiful use

Posted by david martin Abrahams (not verified) on August 27, 2009 - 1:57am

Beautiful use of the can. The wrapping paper that you've used made it very attractive. Thanks for the great idea.

Awesome Idea

Posted by Suzanne (not verified) on October 16, 2009 - 10:16am

I will be making these for my grandsons. They are not allowed to have much candy, but if I put a small toy inside and fill the rest with candies or cookies, maybe thier mom won't complain so much. Great creative idea, thanks!


Posted by Andrea on October 21, 2009 - 3:32pm

You could really put anything you could think of inside these cans. Or you can always use a larger can to put in a larger gift! Be creative! The kids will definitely think it's fun!

The can opener?

Posted by todd (not verified) on January 20, 2010 - 11:52pm

What type of can opener are you using? All the can openers I know of cut out inside the ridge of the lid and can not be replaced. I love this idea for making little treasure presents for my kids and family. It is also a great craft I can make with my kids. Please help though with that can opener type. Thank you.

I got mine at Pampered Chef

Posted by Andrea on August 6, 2010 - 12:24pm

You can order the can opener from http://pamperedchef.com or get one from a Pampered Chef consultant you may already know.

You may be able to purchase them at other home/kitchen stores, but I haven't looked to know if that is the case.

Good luck!

Can Opener

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2011 - 12:25pm

If you don't want to get a pampered chef one, we have a cheap Good Cook brand one that we got from walmart that does the same thing. (I know this is like a year later, but just in case some other people need it)


Posted by Katie (not verified) on March 8, 2010 - 10:35pm

I just added this to site today ... such an original and cute idea!!


Posted by BJ (not verified) on March 21, 2010 - 8:58pm

I love this type can idea. I have been giving money gifts for newlyweds and I always try to find small can, leave the original label an open it with the same type opener clean it, put in the money mostly $1 bills. I put a tag on the can saying open in case of a really hard day, burned meal or special day... and inside the money so they can go out to eat. Everyone loved it. I like the pull type can idea even better than my own. Still the money will fit. I'm thinking it will make a great way to hide cash from burglers but better use some yucky can! Thanks so much

Super fun

Posted by Forever Andrea (not verified) on August 5, 2010 - 10:16pm

I love this idea! Super fun for birthday party favors etc. Thanks for sharing!

Brilliant!!! That's so cute!

Posted by wed4sure (not verified) on September 25, 2010 - 10:04am

Brilliant!!! That's so cute! I'm excited to do my own pop top can give aways. Thanks for sharing this wonderful and brilliant idea.

I cant wait to try these!

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 10, 2010 - 2:15pm

I cant wait to try these! Wish I had known about them for halloween!!! :(

I'm always looking for new

Posted by Jules (not verified) on January 4, 2011 - 11:58am

I'm always looking for new ideas for affordable crafts that can be used as gifts. Thanks.

My son's 7th birthday is

Posted by Michelle Wilson (not verified) on March 7, 2011 - 10:40pm

My son's 7th birthday is comming up in April, we are planning a lego party. I saw this idea, I thought it would be perfect for his party favors! Thank you so much for your crafty ideas!

I love that ideas.It's

Posted by Gina Uncao (not verified) on July 3, 2011 - 9:06pm

I love that ideas.It's brilliant :)I will tray it. Thank you for posting it.

pop top can gift

Posted by Lorby (not verified) on August 5, 2011 - 10:19am

I liked this idea so much that I added it to my blog. I hope you don't mind. http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com/2011/08/pop-top-can-gift.html

A very cute idea!

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 5, 2011 - 2:02pm

A very cute idea!

What a great, quick idea -

Posted by SewNana (not verified) on August 5, 2011 - 6:01pm

What a great, quick idea - that the kids can even help with!

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