Golden Stripes Holiday DIY Upcycle Can Tutorial



This weekend was supposed to be all about decorating. We planned to put up the tree and all that jazz but all we ended up doing was wrapping gifts and sending out holiday cards. I did squeeze in a holiday DIY that I am really, really, really excited to share with you. I made them using old food cans that I upcycled for holiday decorations and storage. These are so pretty and chic and I already know that you’re going to love them as much as I do (Yes. I’m a tad bit psychic). They were very easy to make and inexpensive. It’s such a good way to use old food cans instead of tossing them in the garbage.Β  You can use these for decorations, tablescapes, to store stationary, as plant pots, utensils and the list goes on and on. Basically, they are really functional and multipurpose.


I can try to convince you that you don’t have to be a crafty mom to make them and you may not believe me so I decided to record it, that way I have proof and you my friends have a tutorial.

Β Supplies you’re going to need:

  • Gold Washi tape (I purchased mine at Target)
  • Clear scotch tape
  • Brown wrapping paper (Discount store)
  • Used food cans

Here’s how you’ll make them:

  1. Β Cut wrapping paper 10 1/2 ” x 4″
  2. Tape one end of wrapping paper with clear scotch tape to can and then wrap around can then tape the other end.
  3. Wrap gold washi tape around can at top, middle and bottom. Make sure they are evenly spaced.

Your end result should look like this:


I chose to use them to store my holiday paper straws but you can use them as you like πŸ™‚


You can be creative and try different styles using different materials. I also made this one using chalkboard gift wrapping paper, bakers twine and leaves.



You can also pin this and make it anytime of year, it’s perfect for candles or to store your make-up brushes.

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I love this holiday craft because there is no drying time or messy products needed which minimizes possibility of a fail. Plus, it looks polished and expensive because of the gold tape.

Are you going to make this holiday DIY?


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  • MJ

    Love! Love! Love! I can definitely do this. Will be cute to store knickknacks for the kids and so much more! Pinning this stat!

    • RattlesandHeels

      Oh yes MJ, this will be perfect for the girls things. Glad you like it πŸ™‚

  • Love these ideas! What a great way to upcycle! πŸ™‚ I know we have far too many mason jars lying around so I wouldn’t know what to do with more containers, but I really love the look of the chalkboard wrapping paper.. and I like the idea of upcycling, we just haven’t done much of it yet.

    • RattlesandHeels

      It is really a cool way to upcycle Ester πŸ™‚

  • This is super duper DIY, I love how simple yet very pretty and decorative this is. It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it, its recycled and its free which works out perfect for me.

    • RattlesandHeels

      You can’t go wrong with how simple it is Mia πŸ™‚

  • Fiona Naughton

    This is such a great little upcycle project. Seems like it was so simple to do too – my favourite kind of DIY! I love the festive coloured straws too, I need to invest in some of them. Thanks for sharing this! πŸ™‚

    • RattlesandHeels

      Thanks Fiona, it is pretty easy. The straws are really fun for the holidays.

  • Those are very pretty! I love an easy DIY. Very festive. Thanks for sharing.

    • RattlesandHeels

      It is pretty easy! You’re welcome.

  • These are so fab! I’m getting some Washi tape ASAP! I had no idea that’s what it was called.

    • RattlesandHeels

      Oh yes hunny! Go get your washi tape on lol You can use it for so many different things.

  • How cute! I remember doing something similar when I was in the 2nd grade for a father’s day gift: we wrapped cans with felt sheets and ribbons to make these adorable gifts. I’m pretty sure that my dad still uses his to collect his change!

    • RattlesandHeels

      OMG How amazing is it that your dad still have his. That’s really cool πŸ™‚

  • Christine St.Vil

    Oh this is super duper adorable!!! I will be going to go purchased some canned goods just so I can do this with the kids. I love it!

    • RattlesandHeels

      Oh Christine, I am sure you and the kids will have fun making them. Enjoy!

  • This can looks so cute! I really have a lot of cans lying around, and this is the perfect craft to do with them! Thanks for posting!

    • RattlesandHeels

      It’s wonderful that you get to upcycle your cans. Enjoy!

  • Anastasia

    Thank you for sharing this easy DIY tutorial. I am not a crafty person by any means, but I like doing little projects like that around the house. It saves our family a lot of money during the Holidays.

    • RattlesandHeels

      You’re welcome Anastasia. You don’t have to be crafty to do this one perfectly πŸ™‚

  • Upcycling is so fun! I loved your designs. And of course the pretty paper straws give it an extra pretty flair! Creative!

    • RattlesandHeels

      Oh yes Kiwi, upcycling is so much fun! Glad you like it.

  • Way to recycle! That looks like a easy craft to do during the holidays. #BLMgirls

    • RattlesandHeels

      It really is Stacie πŸ™‚

  • Charlotte Betts

    This is such a cute idea, will have to try it!

    • RattlesandHeels

      Thanks Charlotte! Let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

  • I am SOOOOOO not creative! LOL! But this is something I MIGHT be able to do πŸ˜‰

  • Kasi Perkins

    Very cute idea! Definitely want to try it, I love Christmas decorations! #blmgirls

  • Looks very easy to do and the outcome is admirable! I can think of a lot more ideas using the stripe method. Thanks for sharing!