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Paint Can Takeaways for Party Guests

Use paint cans and duct tape to create colorful party gifts for guests to take home.

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Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Utility knife
  • Sharpie
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler


  • 10' x 12" white adhesive shelf liner, #223760
  • 1-7/8" x 60' duct tape in at least two colors (we used orange, #369270; pink, #369271; purple, #369272; red, #369273; and yellow, #369274)
  • Blue Hawk 525' sisal packaged rope, #349244
  • 5 metal paint cans with lids , #27318
  • Sharpie black permanent marker fine, 2-pack, #155448

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Step 1

Cut shelf liner into 4-1/2" x 14" rectangles to fit around paint cans. Leave the sticky backing on; the duct tape will hold it in place.

Step 2

Unroll a 14" length of duct tape onto a cutting mat. Using a utility knife and ruler, cut duct tape into various widths. (We mixed two colors per can.)

Step 3

Apply different widths of strips and colors to cans in patterns you like. Wrap the tape around the can as evenly as you can, trying to keep lines parallel.

Step 4

For the tags, cut a 5" strip of duct tape. Fold in half along the short side, sticky sides together, to create a 2.5" tag. Snip corners at an angle. Add a small rectangle of shelf liner -- the rectangle should be large enough for a name. Remove the backing and stick the shelf liner to one side of the duct-tape tag. Use a Sharpie to write a name on the contact paper. Punch a hole at top and tie around the can with twine.