Spa in a Paint Can

After Christmas sales of bath and beauty sets-in-a-bag-or-basket are plentiful!
In stores like Walgreens, CVS,Wal-Mart, Eckerds, they line the shelves.
The prices are excellent at 50% off!
But, the packaging is so generic and contrived.
Each gift looks like every other package in the Health and Beauty Aisle.

But what if you took another look 
at these pre-packaged goods 
and added this:


(Inspiration from BHG)

and got this?

What if you made a personal gift for a friend's birthday?
A friend who just got a new garden tub?
That's just what I did!

I gathered supplies:
  • Spa Set-in-a-bag
  • A bar of soap
  • An empty paint can from Lowe's
  • A paint can opener from Lowe's
  • A few paint samples from Lowe's
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Vellum paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hole puncher
  • Hammer
  • 3' Wide Ribbon

Printed labels on the Vellum paper.

Unwrapped the loofah, scrubber, pumice and soap.

Wrapped scrapbook paper and labels around each,
taped them closed.

Layered them in the can with a few other treats.
You could add candles, a wine glass, a face mask,
chocolate, lotion, oils, anything that will fit!
Put the lid on and tap gently with the hammer to seal.

Punch holes in the paint samples you'll use,
they will be the gift tag(s).

Wrap the ribbon around the can.
Attach paint can opener to ribbon.


Ta Da!


  1. You area genius my friend! I love this idea. Will you help her paint her bath in one of those lovely shades now?

  2. Love it... thank you my lovely daughter. I can do all but the labels. Going off to Lowes to get the supplies. Have the "goodies" already and will see what I can come up with for a gift. Have a Blessed Day.

  3. That's a great idea, Leslie! If the bathroom is already painted, using paint chips that work with her colors with be great, too. I'm keeping this in mind because this could even dress up a Christmas or birthday gift.

  4. Wow, nice idea. I need one of those paint can openers--I didn't know they made them!! Where actually are they sold? I have not heard of Vellum paper--where do you get that?

  5. this is so cute, cant believe all the work you went too!!! what a great idea....will be going to hendersonville, nc over the holiday weekend best friends from florida moved up there and opened there interior design/gift shoppe on main street, see my other blog, mountain home,
    best to you

  6. How creative! When you make mine, you can go ahead and fill it with paint supplies instead of bath things. I used paint supplies a lot more often! ;) Lisa~

  7. I like how you made your own labels. And I love ANYTHING shiny! Shiny paint cans... *eyes glaze over* sooooo pretty!

  8. You are so clever. And it all turned out so pretty. Your friend is one lucky lady, a new garden tub and pretty as a picture spa goodies. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Super idea, Leslie! Love it!

  10. I'd love that package for my home spa room, Leslie. The gold bow is the perfect topper. Great job! Susan

  11. I'm crazy about this idea, Leslie!! I'm saving it in my "flatter them with imitation file".

    LOVE IT.

  12. How cute is that! What a great idea. :)

  13. Leslie,

    This is a wonderful idea and one I will be sure to use! I have no doubt your friend adored this gift. Thank you for sharing.

    Your Friend,

  14. Well, aren't you the clever one. What a great gift idea.

  15. What an amazing idea! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing, I've got the perfect person who needs this cute pampering!
    Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections

  16. Hey blog stalker! (LOL) Thanks for the blog connection re. my wood floors. Also, do go see Traci if you want any blog help...she's great!
    LOVE the spa in a can idea BTW.

  17. Um, I just got a new shower. My address is....
    This is such a cute gift -love it, love it!

  18. Wonderful idea and the packaging is almost the best part!

  19. What a fabulous idea! LOVE how you used the paint chips for the tag!

  20. Hey Girl, I'm following you becuase you are just the most clever girl I know! Have a great weekend.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  21. I love this cute and clever of you!!~ Have a happy safe 4th of July!!~

  22. Such a great smart! Love it!


  23. Thank you sooooo much for your precious comments...I think that is the highest praise I haver recieved! You are an angel!

    Happy 4th of July!

  24. I have ever...

    Trying to type too fast!

  25. Fantastic gift idea! You are always taking it that extra step and I love it. Simply divine!

  26. How pretty. Who would have thought a paint can could look so elegant? Love it! laurie

  27. So cute! I would love a beautiful gift like this!

  28. What a wonderful idea! Love it!!

  29. Great idea Leslie!Very imaginative.

  30. Oh I would love to receive that! Well done.

    Thank you for your kind words. Monday I have a fun post planned and Wednesday is a giveaway, so come on by!

  31. What a greart idea! It looks so pretty...Happy 4th..Christine

  32. Love this idea. The packaging change is fabulous. Great job !!!


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