Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tin Can Treats

Tin Can Treats
Tutorial by Our Best Bites

canned fruit with tab tops, suggested size 7-8oz
candies for filling
tissue paper
hot glue gun
decorative paper

1. Use a can opener to remove bottom (non-tab top side) of can, but leave it attached at one point.
2.  Wash cans thoroughly and dry completely.
3.  Fill with candies/treats/trinkets, leaving about 1/2 inch space at top.
4.  Fill remaining space with tissue paper.
5.  Use glue gun to secure lid back to can and let dry completely.
6.  Measure a strip of decorative paper (a child's drawing, marble painting, etc?) the same height as can.  Wrap around the can and secure with tape or glue.
7.  Tie decorative ribbons through the tab on top of can.
8.  Attach tag if desired.

I was thinking these would be a great teacher gift for the beginning of the school year or later on... here's the link for a teacher tag.There are also mother's day tags and father's day tags.

Project from Our Best Bites

Playdoh Lollipops


3/4 cup butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
assorted colors of paste food coloring
24 lollipop sticks (we used wooden skewers since it's what we had on hand)


  1. In a bowl cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. Divide dough into fourths. Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Working with half of each color, shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 1 pink, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 orange ball together to make 1 large ball. Shape into a 12 inch long roll (like a snake), starting at one end, coil roll to make a 2 3/4 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Carefully insert lollipop sticks into bottoms of cookies.
  4. Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container.
(I got this recipe from the Entrusted blog and they claimed it came from but so far I haven't been able to find it there.)