Monday, November 5, 2012

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

They say you can take the girl out of the country, but you cannot take the country out of the girl.  Well, in this case, the city.  You can take me out of San Francisco, but you can never take San Francisco out of this girl.  Or something like that.  Let me explain it better with an altered art project.

Recently, as you baseball fans all know, the San Francisco Giants won swept the 2012 World Series.  It was an exciting week, as long as you were rooting for the orange and black uniforms.  To celebrate their win, I created a keepsake using a recycled tin can and a few embellishments...and chocolate kisses. 
altered cans

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I used the same technique as my Pull Tab in Case of Chocolate Emergency altered can.  This project is easily adaptable to any sports team, holiday or event!  It's very easy.  Start with a can of pineapple chunks, soup, beans, or whatever canned food you have around the house.  Be sure the can's bottom has the sharp edge just like the top.  Turn the can UPSIDE DOWN, and using a can opener, remove the BOTTOM "lid."  Eat the contents, then wash the can really well and let air dry.

I used black cardstock paper and a Giants logo that I printed off  their website.  I decoupaged the paper and the logo onto the can, remembering to work UPSIDE DOWN.  I'm repeating this base on experience because it's easy to forget that the bottom will be the top when you are finished.

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Since it's Autumn, I found a package of chocolate kisses that were orange, silver and red.  I knew the orange and silver ones would be great as they match the Giants colors.  What to do with the leftover red ones?  Save them for a later project!  [Who am I kidding?  Just eat them.]
recycled tin cans
I decided to make several of these Giants cans, so I only filled half of the can and used white shredded paper to fill the remaining space.
Then glue the "bottom" lid back on.  Last time I made these cans, I used hot glue, but the lid didn't lay flat.  This time, I used the decoupage medium, and held the lid in place for a few minutes.  It created a perfect seal.  No one will be the wiser.  That's the fun thing about this gift.  The recipient will not know how the chocolate got into the "un-opened" can.

Then I added embellishments including orange & white twine [found in the craft aisle for a dollar at WalMart], foam baseball, bat and cap [found an entire package at the grocery store in their dollar bin].  The decoupage worked great for adhering the embellishments as well as sealing the can.  I tied a large orange ribbon to the tab, but felt it needed one more embellishment.
San Francisco Giants crafts 
 I stamped "SF" onto a small white tag
twine & ribbon
and tied the tag onto the ribbon.
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My niece is a huge fan of the Giants, so I'm going to send this altered can to her.  Maybe in return she'll send me a 2012 Giants World Series baseball cap.  Let's see if she reads my blog!

Editor's Note: 
If you're reading this post in or after September 2013, it is safe to say our beloved San Francisco Giants [will] clinch the division title again...this time, for last place [sigh]. #toomuchpressure

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  1. What a fun idea!
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. That looks so yummy! And creative!

  3. This is a fun idea and so resourceful. I'm thinking this would be great for some last minute Christmas presents.

    Thanks for sharing at Glued To My Crafts

  4. Super, super cute! Was soooooooooo excited the Giants won! :)

  5. Such a great gift!! Thanks for sharing this. I'm so glad you linked up at Romance on a dime.

  6. Oh I love it! What a cute gift to give a sports fan. Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation. I am going to be featuring your adorable gift at tonights link party!

  7. These are pretty cool, thanks for linking up last week, love to have you back!

  8. I love this idea! Such a creative way to package a gift. I have ideas running through my head already...

    - Fearon

  9. Cute baseball project! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Following you on Bloglovin!

  10. What a fun project. This would be a great gift for any sports fan. Thanks for linking up at Throwback Thursday!!


  11. This is such a cute idea! I can think of so many ways to adapt this for a clever gift.

    Thanks so much for sharing your project with Throwback Thursday.


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