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I find it easiest to bend the lid back down flat and then fill in the open space with glue. Use glue gun to secure lid back to can and let dry completely. Measure a strip of decorative paper the same height as can. This is why the tissue paper is there- to catch the glue that goes through so it doesn’t end up stuck to the treats. I consider myself to be relatively handy with a glue gun, fairly crafty, and I have never managed to glue the lid on without it looking like a complete mess.

I might be biased, but I happen to think they’re the most charming, adorable, and intelligent kids on the planet. I’d made these tin can treats before at a church craft night and completely forgotten about them until my sister was talking about them recently. So on that note- I’m always trying to think of fun ways to supply Mother’s with much needed goodies on Mother’s Day because every Mom needs a secret stash right?? If it wasn’t for the fact that I cope with stress by eating, I would have the body of super model from all of the running around I do. They make me laugh constantly and I love being a stay at home Mom. There are days when the only thing that gets me through is Diet Coke, stashes of chocolate, and the knowledge that I have shows on my DVR waiting for me after those little angels fall asleep. They have a need to eat, run, and make sound come out of their mouths pretty much 24 hours a day.They’re so fun- I’m going to show you how to customize a tin can and fill it with goodies or trinkets of your choice for the recipient to crack open.

(**And since so many of you expressed interest in making these for Teacher Appreciation Week, I’ve made up some tags for that as well, see links at the end of this post!**) Supplies Needed: canned fruit with tab tops, suggested size 7-8oz candies for filling tissue paper hot glue gun decorative paper ribbon side can opener or safety can opener (optional) You can make these with any size can you can find with a tab top.Technically you don’t even need the tab top, but if you’re using my printables you do. I like the little mini cans, the 7-8 oz size, which is about half the size of a standard tin can if you’re trying to visualize.Look for generic brand fruit in cans this size; they’re super cheap!Make sure to use cans from something like fruit or fruit juice.You don’t want the insides of your cute treat cans to smell like beans or chili! Use a can opener to remove the bottom end of the can. A side can opener works great here because you won’t have the sharp edges and the pieces will be a breeze to glue back together. If you use this type of can opener, your life will be much easier: Leave about 1/2 inch of head-space at the top of the can.