While I used the decoupage to glue food pictures to the inside of my daughter's refrigerator, something dawned on me. Why not decoupage labels onto clean cans of food after I had opened them and used the contents? I'm sure someone else has thought of this before, but I was excited anyway! I set out to see if this would work...
Once I had decided to use a can of food for dinner (don't take the label off unless you are sure to use it :) ), I used my scissors to slice the label along the seam. The label is usually glued along the seam, so carefully pick at it until it gets loose. (Remove the label BEFORE opening the can so that the can contents don't accidentally soil the label.)
Then I opened the can, making sure to go COMPLETELY AROUND the can rim with the can opener so that the lid comes off cleanly. If there are any metal "burrs" left, you can either bend these flat with a pair of pliers or sand off with a metal file.
Next, clean the can inside and outside thoroughly with soap and hot water. Make sure to dry the can well. Now place the clean can with the "opened top" facing down on a level surface. (The "bottom" of the can will now be the "top". I am using completed cans in the pictures, so don't wonder why they have labels. :) )
Now apply decoupage onto the can surface where the label rests (not the top, just the sides and rim). Also apply decoupage to the label edge to get started. MAKE SURE THAT THE BOTTOM "SEALED" PART OF THE CAN IS NOW THE TOP AND THAT THE LABEL IS FACING UP BEFORE YOU GLUE! (This will give the illusion that the can is still intact and unopened!)
Place the label edge on the can and press into place, adding decoupage to the label a little at a time and pressing firm as you go.
Once the label is glued on, cover the entire surface of the label with more decoupage and press out all bubbles. Once the label is secured, allow to air dry overnight or use a hairdryer to speed dry!
You are now ready to make LOTS of FREE PLAY FOOD for your play kitchen or grocery store!
My daughter loves stacking them and using her cash register to "buy" the food! Lots of FREE FUN!
I am NOT LIABLE for any plans posted here...use your own discretion with kids and glue, sharp edges, and things that may go in their mouths!
***I am NOT LIABLE for any plans featured here. Please take every precaution and use your own discretion to make sure these toys are safe for children to play with them.