I know, I know...I promised sunny-side up eggs today...and this is not sunny-side up eggs. I'm tired, though, and realized I didn't get enough pictures...like the ones of the finished product...and I'm too lazy to go find it in the kids room, take more pics, and upload them.
It's okay though, because these mini-canned food cans are SO much cooler anyway and you can find plenty of links to sunny-side up eggs in our MckLinky here. This is something I thought up myself, although it's brilliant and easy enough, that I'm sure a ton of other people out there have done something similar. This is technically not felt food...as in there is no felt or sewing of any kind involved, but somet things are better made from other materials.
So this is what you need: Empty, small tomato paste cans, other assorted canned food labels, modge podge, wire cutters and/or pliers, paintbrush
Empty and wash a small tomato paste can. When I open these cans in the first place, I try to angle the can opener in as much as possible to have the cut be very narrow, but there is usually a small pokey thing sticking out where I started opening the can.
I use the wire cutters to trim that piece as much as possible. Then I use the pliers to bend what is left over flat against the can.
At this point I think the can would be safe to play with anyway...but I don't want to take any chances with little fingers. So I take a paintbrush and generously spread modge podge along the cut edge just inside the can. Then I let it dry and you will have a smooth, clear coating over what used to be a possibly sharp edge.
Then I took labels from other larger, more interesting cans. I measured the height of the small can and cut the larger label down to size.
Don't worry about the length to start out with, because that can be trimmed later. Then I applied a layer of modge podge to the outside surface of the can.
Next, I wrapped my trimmed label onto the can so that the open end would be the BOTTOM of the can. (Of course you can make the top the open end of you want them to be able to pour food out of it.) Then I trimmed the label so it would only overlap itself a little, applied extra modge podge at the seam and smoothed it out.
Then I applied a layer of modge podge over the top of the label and let it dry.
Once it's dried you have your can...which looks and feels real because IT IS! Look! They even has nutrition facts:
Here you can see the size of these little cans on comparison to a regular size can.
See how real they look next to all that fake stuff in the kids' cupboard?
No tomato paste cans are going to be getting thrown out at our house for LONG time because a few of these along with some simple felt food would make a GREAT (inexpensive) gift.