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Monday, March 24, 2008

The Power of Change

For all you avid readers out there, you might remember my formula can ideas; more specifically- the Date Night Can (You place change from around the house in it and use the extra money to upgrade a good date night to a GREAT date night!). I gave the idea for it, but here is a post of how I made it and suggests to help you all make a fun date bank. All you need is...

- Scrap booking Paper - best to get at least two colors, one with a pattern and one solid
- Ribbon
- Letters - either stickers, blocks, stamps, foam, chip board
- Decorative items - photos, buttons, scrap booking decorations
- Paint & Brush
- Glue Gun


Get your scissors or razor and neatly cut the formula label from the can. Use the original label to help you measure your scrap booking paper. Get your glue gun heated up and glue the paper onto the tin. Now you can glue your ribbon over the edges to hide them.


Now take your letters and spell out "Date Night", "Date Tin", your last name, or basically anything else you want and glue it on. Now you are able to see where your free space is for your extra decorations. I went to the photo album section of Michael's and bought some of their cute 3-D mini items for your scrap booking pages. A package that had movie tickets and a cute popcorn tub.



And last, but not least, paint your lid. Get some acrylic paint and put one thin coat on the lid. Let the first coat dry completely or else the second coat will peel up the first layer. So make sure to let is COMPLETELY dry, it is hard because painting is a favorite of mine and I was too impatient and kept peeling up the last coat....yea....it got a little frustrating!

So start gathering that loose change from around the house and start filling up your can! Soon you will be able to really have a nice date night. With enough money to get candy at the movies, pay to have the babysitter stay later, get some desserts or whatever else you could think of! So make those cans and enjoy those date nights!

37 comments:

  1. You are entirely too creative. :-)

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  2. Such creativity...You have too much and me not enough...send some my way, would ya? LOL! A cute idea!

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  3. Now the real question... what are you putting in the date night can?

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  4. That is very neat. Much nicer than the old yogurt container we currently use.

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  5. And what goes in the can?
    Or is that my "creative" part?
    I got nothing.
    Please..."SPLAIN" it to me!

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  6. Will you move into our house and sprinkle some of your craftiness around the place?

    KEEP BELIEVING

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  7. You are super duper creative! Sooooo Cute!

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  8. So stinkin' cute! You've inspired me, again, to try a few crafts with my kids... I was thinking of trying to decorate plain carboard boxes for toys... what do you think? Any ideas for that?

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  9. Yes would love to know what you have put in it!!

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  10. VERY COOL!!!! Will be doing that one! We just use our tins to make houses and stores for our town. I use masking tape and outline roads and the kids set up a village of buildings! Then we race cars throught the town...till someone cries!

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  11. This can is for loose change that is laying around the house. Slowly get a nice pill going inside of it and one day us it to upgrade a normal date to a special date!!!

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  12. What a great idea! And your creativity has me in awe...

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

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  13. This is a great idea, and would work for other things besides a date night collection. I think my daughter would love making one of these for her own loose change.

    Very creative!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and for your comment.

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  14. I just read over some of your posts... WOW, you are creative AND very good at managing your money. I need to take notes. LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by. It was nice to "meet" you.

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  15. Fabulous idea...and that is a good looking can!!

    Heidi

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  16. What a cute idea! I think I might try it. I bet my sister inlaw still has some baby formula cans.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. Really cute idea! I have loved all of your formula can tips!!

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  18. Again the creativity abounds on this site!! I LOVE it! Kudos to you on another hit!!

    So the answers to the poll from my site are:
    I never had a cherry shake.
    I ate sushi once. (yummy)
    I had eggs benedict 2 out of the 3 breakfasts. (SUPER yummy!)
    And finally.....I ate French Onion soup every single day there! LOVE that stuff!!! The melted cheese is to die for! :-)

    Have a great day!

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  19. What a great idea! I love it!
    My husband and I made a New Years resolution to eat out at a new restaurant each month, somewhere at least one of hasn't eaten at before. This would help with that!

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  20. Cute idea. You are one crafty lady.

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  21. I just love it, you are so crafty, oh to join you in that vein but I am so not!

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  22. What a totally fun and creative idea. Of course, this is assuming that I actually have a date night to upgrade...

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  23. We save for Disney World. Last year we had over $600 for spending money saved entirely in loose change! The kids were ecstatic.

    We started saving for Disney again as soon as we got home... We now have 4 large jars of loose change, and will continue saving until next summer so we can go again!

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  24. Oh goodie, I was trying to figure out what to do with the pink lid of my formula can(the males in my house aren't into pink ;-). So, if you let the lid totally dry the paint won't chip off when you take it on and off? Any special prep I should do to the lid before painting? Thanks crafty woman!

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  25. I think I'll have the kids decorate one for them to save loose change in, since they always end up taking some out of my bank.

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  26. You're a thrifty, crafty lady. Good idea.

    And can you believe how much a babysitter makes these days. Holy moly!?

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  27. My hubby and I do something similar at the date can. We have a giant piggy bank that we put all of our (ok not all- the boys get some too) change in. Then after a year, around our anniversary, we cash it in to use on a vacation. We have missed out on a few years of vacation since I'm always pregnant or have a newborn, but we'll have quite a bit saved up for next time. :)

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  28. you are the cutest girl ever! How do you come up with these ideas!! I will definitely be doing this :)

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  29. Too cute! I suck at crafts. I think I mentioned that once. But I feel the need to reiterate it!

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  30. I love this idea. I have a paint can sitting in my scrap room right now just waiting for inspiration to hit. I think I might just go ahead and make my own date night can. Thanks for the great idea.

    Lori

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  31. Cute can...and cute idea! I saved oodles of my formula cans and made pretty containers with them to put gifts in. I figured if I was spending all that money on the formula I might as well get an added bonus by reusing the can! :0)

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  32. You could also fill it with date night suggestions.

    We used to do the same kind of decorating and make cookie canisters to give cookies in at Christmas time.

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  33. You are so creative--you kill me! I'm making one tomorrow! I seriously am.

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