Learn how to make adorable Paint Can Survival Kits that are easy to make and fun to give!
Here’s a new take on a gift basket, not unlike my popular Santa Sack project! I’m going to show you step by step how to design your very own personalized Survival Kits using paint cans and your Cricut cutting machine. Fill them with whatever you want! I have a design for the holidays and one for travel. These DIY survival kits make unique gifts for friends and family of all ages.
Watch the full step-by-step video showing you exactly how to make your survival kits premiering during Maker Academy Weekend, November 4-7, 2021. Get your FREE ticket to this event by clicking below:
How fun are these personalized survival kits?! They make for great gifts during the holidays and are not very pricey to make. Of course, you decide what goes into them so they are perfect just for you or your loved ones!
To make these DIY survival kits, we first need special paint cans! No, these are not your usual old paint cans — I’m using a special clear one and a solid one, both are just over eight inches high and six inches wide.
I’m also using my favorite sticker paper for the labels: Avery Printable Sticker paper in 8 and a half by 11 inch sheets. I like this printable sticker paper because it’s compatible with most printers.
And we’ll need some white card stock for the tags. And of course all the fun goodies we will put inside the cans. I chose some must have travel items for the Travel kit like sunscreen and a sleep mask and some fun and festive holiday items for the Holiday kit like cookie cutters, a pretty candle and of course Candy Canes!
Of course we’ll also need our amazing Cricut cutting machine, a mat, brayer, weeding tool, scraper and measuring tape.
Like I mentioned before, these were so fun to make and make for great gifts for your loved ones. I think anyone would be happy to receive a personalized kit filled with some fun goodies. Of course we’ll be adding more than just fun goodies, we’ll also be adding necessities just in case we need them.
This simple project can be used to give to your children on long road trips, keep them on hand for emergencies, or give them away to a friend who is going through a tough time and just needs a little pick me up.
I’ve made two versions of these DIY survival kits for your to choose from, one for the holidays, and one as a fun travel kit:
Here’s a supply list of what you need to make DIY survival kits! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials to Make Survival Kits
- One (1) clear plastic paint can or a solid silver paint can
- Avery Printable Sticker Paper (I recommend Avery over Cricut brand because it’s compatible with more printers)
- White Cardstock
- Ann Clark Cookie Cutters
- Jingle Bells/Ribbon
- Crinkle Cut Paper
- Things to put in the survival kits, such as Scented Candles, Mini Candy Canes, Pair of Cozy Socks, Hand Sanitizing Wipes, Mini First-Aid Kit, Mini Colored Pencils, Sleeping Mask, Deck of Playing Cards, Small tube of Sunscreen and so on)
- Loose Leaf Binder Ring – Optional
- One 12″ x 6′ roll (1) Clear Vinyl– Optional
- (Optional) Fonts (I used Tingler Script Font)
- Green StandardGrip Machine Mat 12″ x 12″
- Weeding Tool
- Measuring Tape
- A method to cut your vinyl – I used the amazing Cricut Maker but you can also use the Cricut Explore (you do need Print Then Cut, so the Cricut Joy is not an option here)
- Design #322 – My free SVG/PDF/DXF design files are available in my free resource library beginning November 4, 2021 (get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page) or get early access to the design files by getting a VIP Pass to Maker Academy Weekend
How to Make Your Own DIY Survival Kits
The detailed step-by-step assembly video on how to create these amazing DIY survival kits will be available to watch for free for 24 hours during Maker Academy Weekend, held online November 4-7, 2021. Get your free ticket to this fun maker event here! If you can’t wait until then, learn how to get early access to the Maker Academy Weekend videos, printable handbooks, and design files with a VIP pass below:
If you’ve ever been on the road where you quickly need a first aid kit, or some sanitizing wipes, you know how handy these survival kits would be during a time like that. Or maybe you just want a quick snack but don’t want to head out to the store. These survival kits are perfect for saving the day and they are so easy to refill when you’ve used up any of the items.
I really love the idea of giving these out during the holidays because instead of buying someone something they may not like or use, I can stuff it with their favorite goodies, snacks, and maybe even a gift card or two!
Answers to Your Questions About How to Make DIY Survival Kits
Q: Where is your tutorial for this project?
This is a special project we made for our free Maker Academy Weekend event! A complete and detailed step-by-step video will premiere during the event November 4-7, 2021 — specifically, this tutorial video will be available to watch for free for 24 hours beginning November 7 at 3:00 pm ET! If you can’t make that time, there will be a replay available for 24 hours from that time so you can watch it later. You can get early access to these design files and a 15-page printable handbook that details how to make this beautiful project if you get a VIP Pass to Maker Academy Weekend, which comes with other perks and bonuses, too!
Q: Can I make the survival kits on a Cricut Joy?
This project uses the Print Then Cut feature on the Cricut Explore and Maker machines.
Get a free ticket to Maker Academy Weekend to see how this works!
I love seeing what you make with my designs and how you use them! Please share a photo of your survival kits in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.