Gingham Christmas Wreath and Gift Cans with Video

I don’t know what it is about  gingham, but it has an old-fashioned charm that I can’t get enough of.  It reminds me of curtains hanging in an old farmhouse and vintage aprons.

gingham Christmas wreath and repurposed tin can gift holders -

I bought an evergreen garland for my entryway, and had a lot left over, so I wired a leftover piece around a grapevine wreath to hang in my kitchen.

Evergreen Christmas wreath with red gingham ribbon -

I used this  gingham wired ribbon to make a bow for the wreath.  It’s easy to work with, and holds its shape well.

Evergreen Christmas wreath in farmhouse kitchen -

But wreath wasn’t the only thing that got the gingham treatment…

farmhouse Christmas wreath with gingham ribbon -

I also made some cute little gift cans.

I used scrapbook paper, and decoupaged it onto a tin can from my stash, and used a complimentary red and white stripe paper on a smaller can.

red gingham and pin stripe cans with pom pom trim

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Here’s a fun little video, to show you how I made them, or read the steps below, with additional tips.

I have a tin can hoarding issue, but I love to repurpose them, so I save all sizes of cans.

tin cans to repurposed or upcycle

Gingham Gift Can Instructions

Trim the paper to fit between the upper lip and lower edge of your can.

Tip #1 – 12 x 12″ scrapbook paper will wrap all the way around most cans.  8-1/2 x 11″ paper will only go around small cans, but you can “patch” some of the paper you trimmed off to fill the gap.

decoupage tin cans with scrapbook paper and homemade Modge Podge -

Tip #2 – Rather than measure the paper before cutting it, I hold the paper around the upper lip of the can, and use my fingernail to score a line around the bottom of the can, so I know exactly where to trim it.  Don’t worry if you don’t get it exact – we’ll be adding trim, which will cover it up if your cut is a a bit off.

decoupage tin can with red and white strip paper

Small red pom pom trim really finishes the edges off so cute!

Tip #3 –  Start at the back of the can where you paper ends with a “seam”, and hot glue the trim around the can, beginning at that point.  Glue small sections of trim at a time, so the glue doesn’t harden before you have it in position.

red pom pom trim on Christmas cans

Drill a small hole on opposite sides of the can, then insert wire and twist it around the lip to form a handle.

Tip #4 –  You can buy colored wire, but I was working on mine at night, so I just spray painted some wire I already had on hand, and let it dry before inserting it.

pom pom trim on Christmas gift cans

Now, just fill it up with a little bag of cookies, candy, or a small gift.

These are perfect for teacher gifts, or a hostess gift, and they look so cute and festive!

Christmas tin cans teacher gift or hostess gift -

If you liked this project, you might also like these Christmas Ideas

Or, you might like to make a  Book Page Wreath

Create a gorgeous wreath out of repurposed book pages! Tutorial at

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Turn tin cans into festive Christmas teacher gifts or hostess gifts -

Here are a few other gingham ideas you might also enjoy!

gingham Christmas candles


gingham bedding


gingham ribbon Christmas card


gingham ribbon and pine cones table decor

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  1. Angie, they are really cute! I have a pile of coffee tins saved. I was going to paint and decorate but the paper may be an easier way to go. Every time I see all those cans I think, “Wow that’s a lot of coffee!” And I’m the only coffee drinker here. I really enjoy doing this kind of crafting. Have everything in front of me and let the creativity begin! Merry Christmas!! Diane

  2. Angie, your gift cans turned out very cute! I really like the gingerbread friend and that tiny red pom-pom trim is too fun!

    Thanks for sharing,

  3. These are so cute, Angie…and the gingham is so fresh looking! I’ve been starting to hoard my cans, too…so many ways they can be used! Love the video!

  4. mare williams says

    These gift cans are so cute, practical, and giveable!! I love the fact that you gave a video as well as written directions – and, your tips are the best!!! ALSO – I made about 25 gingham & brown paper ornaments…what fun!! BOY, did I learn, though, not to leave the iron on them for more than 2 seconds or you get a brownish scorch mark…even my 91 y.o. aunt helping by drawing the stitching lines around the edges, and they came out sooo cute!!! I plan to make more to send to a distant friend, since they are SO mailable! If I could figure out how to send you a picture of how I used them, I’ll do it!!

  5. I love gingham too! Your wreath and gift cans are so pretty! Thank you so much for including my candles in your post! 🙂

  6. Love the bright red on the tin cans. So festive!

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