Dad’s tin

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This time next week it will be Father’s Day so it is appropriate that the new challenge over at Anything But A Card is “Masculine or remembering dear ol’ Dad.” Here’s the first of my Design Team pieces:


The idea for this came from the comedian Michael McIntyre. You may be familiar with his “man drawer” routine which usually strikes a chord with the audience. This is the drawer that every man appropriates to fill with, mostly useless, bits and pieces such as expired currency and old allen keys.

In our house, Mr Beez doesn’t have a drawer as such, just several “nests” that are filled with useless bits and bobs. One of the “nests” is my pestle and mortar plus he’s used a set of mugs that sit on the windowsill in our kitchen. So this altered paint tin was my solution.


I first covered the tin with “stocks and bonds” paper from the Gecko Galz Dapper Dan paper collection and then ran a strip of the “houndstooth”  paper around the centre. I created a label using the “time flies” paper from the same collection. By importing the image into Word it was then easy to add the text. I also added some clock images from the Time Flies collage set then gave everything a coat of clear crackle paint.


For the lid, I used another of the Time Flies clock images and then used a black button and a bead to make a handle.


The final touch was to add some charms and chain.



This will hold quite a lot of “super important stuff” and once it gets full then its time for a clear out before starting again!


Be sure to buzz on over to Anything But A Card to check out what the other DT members have been up to, there are lots of lovely ideas with a masculine theme. Julia has created the most amazing money tag using some fabulous techniques that she details on her blog. Of course we’d love you to share your project with us too.



Dad’s tin — 4 Comments

  1. You have really outdone yourself now, that is so cute and different for a Father’s day card. Love it. So glad you shared this idea for a gift. Love the charms you have on the can also.

  2. This is so fantastic in so many ways. I am dreadful for dropping little treasures into cuts and jars but my husband just lets his things pile up … usually around the lounge! I wonder if he would appreciate a wonderful tin like this. Somehow I doubt it!

    Your creation is so inspiring, thank you.

    Dionne xxx

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