Birthdays are in the Can

Kids look forward to their birthdays with such excitement and expectation, that we really have to do something special to help them celebrate their special day. I've tried a few different ways to celebrate birthdays, in fact you can see some of them here.

I wanted to do something new this year, so I picked up one of those clear paint cans at Michaels when I was shopping for the Create2Educate Sweepstakes and turned it into a little birthday treat container!
See that little metal doojiggy thing hanging off the handle? DO NOT throw that away! That's how you open the can. I only found this out after standing in the aisle for about 10 minutes wondering how the heck you were supposed to get into this dang can! At one point I convinced myself that maybe you weren't supposed to be able to open it. After I worked up a sweat,  bent and broke a few nails, almost crushed the darn thing and said some not-so-nice words I actually read the tag. And calmly put the pretty little can in my basket and headed for the register. And some aspirin. So learn from my mistakes, people. You're welcome.
The "Let's Party" printable is just printed on regular paper and placed inside the can. I was going to tape it but it just kind of stuck there. There is surely some super cool scientific explanation why it stuck there because of static electricity and plastic particles molecularly attracting to the polymers or something, but I won't get all Sheldon Cooper on you. It stuck by itself. It was cool. Download the printable here if you want it.

I decorated the outside of the can with a strip of fancy rhinestone stickers. How cool are they? They peel right off in one piece and stick wherever you put them. They were a bit too long for the top of the can, so I just snipped the little glue strip right between two rhinestones to cut off the extra. A bow on top to finish it off and some ribbon to attach the all-important opener, and our birthday treat can is complete!

I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to put inside. I have birthday brag tags but they might seem kind of lonely in that big can. I was planning on making some birthday coupons, but my to-do list is getting longer than my days left to do it all. If all else fails, I believe a bag of candy will do just fine...


  1. I was wondering how you got those rhinestones in such a perfect pattern! The can looks awesome!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. I love this idea! I picked up some of the crazy straws this year, I was going to go that route for birthdays, but I am thinking that is a bit "cheesy" for 4th grade. I might steal your idea. Thanks :o)


  3. WOW!! Simply adorable! Such a great idea!! I'm lovin those rhinestones!! Might have to get me some and find something to use them on.
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  4. Hahaha - I love that you bedazzled your birthday jar! So fun :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  5. So so cute!! You are so crafty and clever! Cracked up picturing you trying to open the can! LOL!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  6. Super cute! Glad you figured out how to open the can because it turned out great!!!

  7. Great use of the paint can. I saw those at Michael's the other day and was trying to come up with a way to use them. Thanks for the idea!

    Team V's Second Grade Fun

  8. I'm kid of obsessed!!! It would be perfect for a marble jar!!!

  9. I love those clear paint cans. Now I know what I can do with one of them. The bling just makes me smile=)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Lisa L.
    TGIF- Third Grade Is Fun


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