Get ready to add some holiday cheer to your home with this cute gingerbread can decoration!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A large coffee can
  • ΒΌ yard of cotton material
  • A white foam sheet
  • A piece of brown material (such as felt or corduroy)
  • A hot glue gun and hot glue
  • White tacky glue
  • Buttons
  • Mop string
  • Black pen paint or a permanent marker
  • White pen paint
  1. Clean and dry a large coffee tin can and its plastic lid.
  2. Cut some batting and hot glue it to the outside and bottom of the can. Glue some batting to the top of the lid as well.
  3. Cut out two circles of blue and white-striped cotton material to fit the bottom of the can and the top of the lid, leaving a small overlap. Glue them in place so they overlap a bit.
  4. To finish off the lid, cut a circle from the white foam sheet just a bit larger than the lid top and tack it to the underside of the lid to close it up neatly. You can use scalloped scissors to cut the foam. Add some mop string to the edge of the lid top to give it a finished look.
  5. Cut a rectangular piece of the same material large enough to wrap around the sides of the can. Fold the edges under to give a nice clean seam and glue it in place around the can, allowing some to overlap into the can and glue it in place.
  6. Fold two small rectangular pieces of material and tack them to the can and lid on the inside to attach the lid to the can so it can be flipped back and still be attached.
  7. Once you’re finished covering the can, cut out two brown gingerbread men and glue them onto the outside of the can. Decorate them with button eyes and draw in black smiles, a bow tie and some buttons. Outline the gingerbread men with a white paint pen as a frosting.
  8. This gingerbread can decoration is now ready to be filled with your favorite things or used as a gift basket substitute. Enjoy!”