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Can-Do Cans

Wrap up your holiday entertaining plans with these patriotic containers.




Use our red, white, and blue designs to cover empty tin cans, then fill them with flowers (we chose sweet pea and veronica), utensils, breadsticks, and more.


  1. Step 1

    Wash and dry an empty can.

  2. Step 2

    Download and print the template, adjusting size as necessary (120 percent for a 4 1/2-inch-tall can). Cut out.

  3. Step 3

    Place paper wrong side up; adhere double-sided tape along each short end.

  4. Step 4

    Align and stick one end to can; wrap paper around can, then secure the other end.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2006



Reviews (4)

  • JunesBadApple 4 Jul, 2012

    Super-cute idea . . . but I didn't think Martha used anything from a can? ;)

  • caps 28 Jun, 2010

    Loved these. Very easy to make. I put flowers in mine.

  • cathieb 3 Jul, 2009

    love these - thanks very festive and can be used for other things other than just the 4th

  • terivanhecke 4 Jul, 2008

    I'd rather find my own paper/patterns than be like everyone else. Another idea would be to use bandans and raffia!