Monday, May 3, 2010

One altered paint can, Five little treats...

I love to alter paint cans. I really do. I think that whoever came up with the idea is a genius. Since discovering this project, I don't even mind anymore when my husband asks if he can drop by the local Lowes on the way home from the mall. And because I am the kind, loving wife, I will even go inside the store with him so that he wouldn't feel lonely shopping alone. If I get to buy an empty paint can.

Last year, I altered my first paint cans for my then-Kindergarteners' teacher. I couldn't have been happier when the now-First Graders asked me last week if I can make one for their class teacher for Teachers' Appreciation Week. 

Every day of this week, the teacher will get to open up the can and retrieve one treat. After all, it is supposed to be a week of celebrating the teachers, so why shouldn't Mrs. M get a treat every day of the week?

Of course I am not letting the twins get away with doing nothing for their teacher. A handmade card from each one of them is included in the can.

"Mommy, can we use your Cricut?" "No hun, but you can use my punches." Yeah, I'm mean like that. The girls get to use the machine when they are crafting for fun but somehow, I thought it is more meaningful when they make a card with no electronic tools for their teacher. I just feels more right that way.

It was actually a treat for me that I got to put this together. I got to tell the hubby that I am busy all day because I am doing something important for the kids. Then I got to go shopping too. Can't just gift an empty can, can we? I really need to find another excuse to make another one of these.

To all the teachers who are reading this, I hope that you have a Super Teachers' Appreciation Week!


  1. What a fantastic idea! Im sure the teacher will love it expecially getting to open a treat everyday for a week :) how thoughful of you to make her this. Just adorable! Love the colors too, to bright and cheery!

  2. Thanks, Gina. It's such a versatile idea too. I'm thinking that the next one I make will have a garden theme. I could include a packet of seeds, gardening gloves, etc. Oh! The ideas!

  3. I would have loved to receive such a sweet, thoughtful gift when I was a teacher! That would make any teacher feel special!

  4. Jin,
    Can I say, I LOVE your blog:) I going to be doing LOTS of your projects-especially the canvas one. I have a question for you. I noticed that you the MTC program and I was wondering if you would be able to tell me more about it and tell me the difference between MTC and SCAL. Do you just have MTC or do you have both? If you only have MTC why did you get that one and not SCAL? I love all the cards you have made and I am very interested in buying one of these programs but have no idea which one. Would you be able to help me? If you don't mind, would you mind emailing me. My email address is: Pauline (@) Tinkertoys (.) net

    Thanks for helping me out.
    Pauline R.

  5. Thank you, Sally. :) I wasn't sure what the teacher would think of it but the girls came home yesterday and proudly told me that she loved it. She will be opening the can every day and revealing the daily present to the class. It seems like every kid in her class is curious what's inside the Treasure Can. LOL.

  6. Hi Pauline,

    Welcome to my Blog! :)

    Thank you so much for the kind words. My MTC story is simple: I LOVE it! :-D I have SCAL and I bought SCAL v.2 but before I ripped opened the cd, MTC was released and within 5mins of trying the trial, I decided to sell my brand new SCAL v.2 cd to buy MTC and I've not looked back since.

    I have a lot to say about MTC and this comment space will not cover it but I will recommend that you download both the free trial programs for both MTC and SCAL and try it out for yourself. Some people like one and not the other. I LOVE MTC because it is so user friendly. I struggled to learn SCAL. Go to the MTC forum and ask any questions. The people there are super helpful.

    Be aware though, the MTC is currently being sued by Provo Craft and nobody knows what is going to happen to the program or if there will be any further updates.

    Also, go to

    to download a comparison chart for SCAL and MTC.

    Jin :)

  7. That came out really cute. I love those cards-sooo cute!! The girls did a great job! You did too, mom. :)