Today I will show you a super easy up-cyle project for your Christmas cookie tins. Start by eating all the cookies out of the tin. Ok, maybe just put them in the cookie jar and wash your tin. Ha, like there are any cookies left at my house. You can usually find these tins at the thrift store after Christmas if you don’t have any at home. Very Cheap!
I am not exactly a hoarder, but I hate to throw things away that might be useful for something other than its initial intended use. For example, baby food jars make great storage for small items like screws, nuts bolts, paperclips, stick pins, etc. The big popcorn tins make great dog food storage.
You will need some spray paint. I picked Rust-oleum’s Universal Metallic Rubbed Bronze color. I have used this color to paint things around the house like my floor vent covers. The Rubbed Bronze is so beautiful, dark and sort of fancy looking. You can use any spray paint that you have around. Don’t spend a bunch of money.
I used a big cardboard box tipped on its side as my spray painting closet. And, since I saved some empty large pumpkin puree cans from holiday baking, I used these as pedestals. Genius! (use spray paint outside not in the house)
Next, I painted the outside of the lid of the container and set that aside. Paint the outside of the bottom and let that dry. It only takes a few minutes for the paint to dry and then you can give it another coat if you missed any little bits. Don’t paint the inside of the tins, the paint is not food safe!!!!
I am using my tins for storage in my craft room. I have a lot of blank acrylics and metal findings I purchased from Craft Chameleon at the All Things Silhouette Conference that I attended last June. The blanks have been hanging around in a big plastic bag.
I love Abby Lawson and her enthusiasm for organization. I want to get my craft room and house in general organized and cleaned up this year. I think Abby’s style is way more sophisticated than mine. Ha, that’s an understatement. I consider myself more of a Redneck Organizer! Bawa ah ah ah! Really I’m trying to find a way to use all the “stuff” I’ve saved because I thought it might be useful.
The final thing I did with my tin is to use some cardboard to make dividers inside the container. Just cut the cardboard a bit less tall than the inside height and width. Figure out where you want your pieces to divide and cut slits in the pieces. Slide them together and place inside your tin. Put the goodies you want to store inside and shazam, you’re done. So pretty and such an easy project. I will make a vinyl label with my Silhouette Cameo 2 for the tin to better identify the contents. Abby will love that part!