Creations, Upcycled Gift Tins

Welcome to the monthly Creative Craft Blog Hop

hosted by Andrea from Design Morsels!

We have tons of ideas and inspirations for you today,

you will want to visit all the links at the end of this post!

I bet you have some of these lying around…

metal tins that previously held cookies, nuts or snacks…

They’re too nice to toss out,

and no doubt you’ve been saving them to re-purpose

or re-use for something…

Well, me too!

And then I got an idea…

Upcycling them to use for gift tins!

I made one for a music lover, one for a birthday gift,

and one for Christmas goodies

For the Christmas tin,

I first painted it with chalk paint* for a good base coat,

then I gave it a coat of craft white acrylic gloss

so it would have a shinier finish

When that was dry I glued the ribbon around the bottom

*chalk paint covers imperfections often in 1 coat

The original tin pattern in center of the lid still showed through a little

so I fixed that by painting a large round black circle

with craft acyrlic gloss and added a ring of dots

and a ring of red flat sided glass craft beads

Next I painted the Santa face with a series of dots,

pink cheeks and a row of dots for his hat brim then more dots for his beard

A white mustache, a red nose and cap, more dots…

Final touches of white eyelashes and a row of green beads

and Santa is ready!

Ho Ho Ho!

The music lover’s tin is covered with clippings from a magazine~

guitars, drums, sheet music and other musical things,

decoupaged on another tin, along with a few stickers

and a stack of beads for a “knob”

The birthday tin has a “window” in the top

so the receiver can get a glimpse of what’s inside…

The bottom is covered with a cute birthday theme tissue paper

and the top is covered with a coordinating green pin dot tissue

The tin is embellished with paper flowers,

glass bead “balloons” and faux packages

These tins can be filled with cookies, candy, snack mix,

a scarf, socks, or a gift card,

anything goes!!

What would you tuck inside?

Here is the list of all the clever creations

from my talented blog hop friends!

Celebrate & Decorate Make An Extra Long Swag

Design Morsels Make An Centerpiece for a Narrow Table

Our Crafty Mom DIY Grinch Gnome

The Painted Apron Upcycled Gift Tins

Chas’ Crazy Creations 8 Easy DIY Ornament Gifts

At Home with Jemma Christmas Terrarium

B4 and Afters Chocolate Covered Snowman Pretzels

Zucchini Sisters DIY Christmas Gnome Garland

Debbee’s Buzz Thanksgiving Table Favors

Birdz of a Feather Christmas Stocking DIY

My Hubbard Home Snowman Charcuterie Board

Purple Hues and MeVelvet Christmas Flower Picks

My Thrift Store Addiction Festive Frosted Candle Holders in 2 Easy Steps

Bluesky at Home DIY Christmas Vintage Cutting Boards Vignette

Home is Where the Boat is 5 Minute Mason Jar Candle Lamps

Decorate & More with Tip DIY Farmhouse Simple Joy Canvas

White Arrows Home Quick and Easy DIY Thanksgiving Table Ideas

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

  Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the Porch,  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday  Creatively Crafty

Thursday Favorite Things    Creative Cumpulsions Meal Plan Monday

52 Responses to “Creations, Upcycled Gift Tins”
  1. Mary says:

    These are just adorable Jenna! I love this idea to dress up leftover tins and especially your music lover’s tin with your cute 3D scrapbook music-themed stickers. Santa is so cute too and I love the addition of black and white check ribbon. ♥

  2. Debbee says:

    Jenna, oh you clever girl! What a great idea with so many options to decorate and embellish. I never want to toss those tins and they tend to accumulate. Finally, a way to up cycle them while working through all the this and that little things in my craft stash.

    • Thank you Debbee and yes, a great way to use up bits of this and that from your craft stash! I had a lot of fun with these, and once I got started I kept thinking of ideas, but I ran out of tins 😂

  3. Rita C. says:

    Really cute ideas. I like the knob and how you did the music tin collage!

  4. Nancy says:

    Now isn’t this a cute idea! I’m all over this! I have a whole tote full of these tins. I’m off to fetch them. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration.. once again!
    Happy Day, Jenna!

  5. Gail Griffin says:

    What a fun idea to recycle tin containers. I collect them too, and you’ve inspired us on how to decorate and re-use! I love the idea of wrapping ribbon around the middle! Imagine the possibilities! Thank you, Jenna!

  6. rachelle says:

    Jenna, this is a wonderful way to upcycle old tins. They are like gifts in themselves!
    I like the Santa one and that you showed how to create his face with paint.
    I’m armed with your ideas and ready to gather all my fruitcake tins 🙂

  7. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Good morning, Jenna! I love this idea! I’m especially smitten with the Santa tin. You have definitely inspired me this morning as I’m always saving tins and not knowing what to do with them. I’ve bought all my candy making supplies for the holiday season, and now I know what I’m going to put them in. Take care and enjoy your day!

  8. Jenna, what a fabulous use of those tins that I save. They are all so cute, but I am partial to the music lover’s tin. You always inspire…happy Thursday!

  9. Martha says:

    These are all adorable, I love this idea! 🙂

  10. So creative! I love the music one. And I’ve got a box of these things in my garage that I don’t know how to use. Thanks for joining in the hop. Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. These are really cute, Jenna. I rescued some tins Rick threw in the Goodwill box, wondering why I was doing it when I already had loads of them. Now a new idea!

  12. What wonderful ideas! Thank you so much. I have a bunch of old tins and I plan to make crackers to hand out to family members this year, so I’m keeping this in mind! Love the music lovers tin the best, but Santa is pretty darn cute!

  13. Cecilia says:

    Jenna, this is such a clever idea! The buffalo check border is so cute! Glad to join you for another tour! Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. sarator says:

    Love them all, but my favourite of course if your hand painted tin! That one with the window is a great idea; did it come like that or did you cut it?

  15. Super cute Jenna. I love how your gift boxes looks. We normally make trays but what you made would keep the treats more fresh. Great idea.

  16. Chas says:

    What great tin upcycles and I love that even after you give a gift in them it’s like a treasure box! Wonderful hopping with you! Thank you for sharing

  17. Rebecca says:

    I usually put Christmas cookies in tins, but these tins are a gift all on their own! I really love your hand painted Santa with the buffalo check ribbon. Thanks for the painting tutorial, Jenna…I may be giving it a try! I would put a scarf or a hat and mittens in the tin with the window. It was fun hopping with you again! Pinned 🙂

  18. Kathy A says:

    Great upcycles. I now regularly “wrap” gifts in the tins that I collect for family members (who don’t want to keep them). I also use cloth gift bags that I have made. In the “old days” we considered it a “good” Christmas when we filled the woodstove 4 times with wrapping paper!!!! Nothing green in THAT sentence, is there! We’re a lot greener now!

  19. Liberty says:

    Reinventing the tins is a great idea! I like the ribbon around the edge.

  20. And to think, all these years I stacked them in the pantry so they’d make a terrific noise when they fell over on me . . . every other day! Great idea- thanks.

  21. Chloe Crabtree says:

    Jenna, This is such a great idea! I would never have thought about up-cycling these. This is what I love about this monthly hop and seeing what creative crafty people come up with! There are so many different themes you could use for these, like you have shown! Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

  22. lghiggins says:

    I repurposed a lot of things with my kiddos when I taught elementary school. To them, it was like magic; for me, an affordable way to create. We never did anything this fancy, but I love your ideas. What a great way to package gifts.

  23. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  24. marilyn1998 says:

    Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

  25. Awesome idea! Thanks for linking up with me.


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