Category Archives: Crafting From Your Stockpile

This shows you some crafting projects that I’ve done using items that I’ve gotten dirt cheap or free from using coupons. I’ve decorated my house using items like melted crayons, toilet paper rolls, toothpaste containers, dental floss and more!

Turn Those Ugly Cookie Tins Into an Adorable Re-Usable Gift Box!

Turn Those Ugly Cookie Tins Into an Adorable Re-Usable Gift Box!

Got ugly and out-dated cookie tins at home? Try this to give them new life!!

Who has an old cookie tin laying around their house that gets rarely used?  Especially an older one with cheesy and out-dated prints on them?

Maybe you aren’t raising your hand.  If that is the case, then you can enter any thrift store and find a boat load of these seemingly lifeless containers for dirt cheap.

I decided to give these cookie tins that I found at a thrift store a make-over – and give them new life!

Here are the matierals you need to makeover your ugly cookie tins:

Cookie tins – various sizes and shapes

Turquoise spray paint

Gold patterened Washi Tape

Xacto Knife

Twine Flower Magnets

Got ugly and out-dated cookie tins at home? Try this to give them new life!!

You will want to start by cleaning out your tins (old cookie crumbs anyone?) and taking off any labels that may be on them.  Make sure they are clean and dry.  Then get some cardboard and head outside where your spray painting magic can begin!

I put on about 3 coats of spray paint on all of the tops and bottoms of the cookie tins.  Its much better to put on multiple thin coats rather than one thick coat of spray paint.  Thick coats will drip and ruin the finish of the new color.

Got ugly and out-dated cookie tins at home? Try this to give them new life!!

When your containers are newly painted and fully dry (wait at least 24 hours after spray painting), then you can start embellishing them with washi tape.  I started with my rectangle shaped cookie tin and added washi tape just like it was ribbon on a wrapped gift.

Got ugly and out-dated cookie tins at home? Try this to give them new life!!

Got ugly and out-dated cookie tins at home? Try this to give them new life!!

When the tape was lined up, I used the X-acto knife to make cuts where the cookie tin opens up.  I also trimmed the washi tape on the bottm right at the edge of the container for a nice clean line on the bottom.

Got ugly and out-dated cookie tins at home? Try this to give them new life!!

Here is the “cross” of the “cris-cross” tape pattern.  Again, use your X-acto knife to slit the tape where the top and bottom of the cookie tin meet. Be sure to firmly press down all of the edges of the tape to make sure it is secure.

To be sure the tape lasts a long time, I’d suggest spray painting the tins again at this stage with clear varnish.

Got ugly and out-dated cookie tins at home? Try this to give them new life!!

Now you can top it off with one of these cute magnetic flowers that you can get over at my Etsy shop here for turquoise or here for hemp twine! These are an adorable topper to your cookie tin.  Whom ever receives your gift can either re-gift the flower magnet again – or just use it on their fridge!

Got ugly and out-dated cookie tins at home? Try this to give them new life!!

I absolutely just love how these turned out!!!

Got ugly and out-dated cookie tins at home? Try this to give them new life!!

You can try this with different colors and washi tape designs.  Get a few different sizes of cookie tins and experiment with making your own re-usable gift boxes!

Got ugly and out-dated cookie tins at home? Try this to give them new life!!

For gift ideas, you could fill them with other DIY gifts – like lavender or lemon poppy seed soap, peppermint & lavender foot lotion, or tile coasters. You could even make your own note card using shaving cream, to go with your gift!

Got ugly and out-dated cookie tins at home? Try this to give them new life!!

Here are some more Upcycling Projects to get inspired by:

Rustic Decor:  How To Use A Flower Loom

Toilet Paper Roll Wreath

Plarn Tote Decorated with Toothpaste Tubes

DIY Drift Wood Mirror

Easy DIY No Sew Rope Bowl

Easy DIY No Sew Rope Bowl

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$0.99 Satin Shave Gel at Wegmans + How To Make A Note Card Using Shaving Cream!

$0.99 Satin Shave Gel at Wegmans + How To Make A Note Card Using Shaving Cream!

Here is a new $0.75 off ONE Satin Care or Venus™ Shave Gel printable coupon!  Double it and combine it with a Shopper’s Club sale at Wegmans for a great deal! Here’s the deal at Wegmans: Satin Care Shave Gel – 7 oz – $2.49 $0.75 off ONE Satin Care or Venus™ Shave Gel printable coupon =$0.99 after… Continue Reading

25+ DIY Wreath Ideas | Wreath Ideas for All Seasons!

25+ DIY Wreath Ideas | Wreath Ideas for All Seasons!

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Upcycle Craft |  Plarn Tote Decorated with Toothpaste Tubes – Crochet Pattern Included!

Upcycle Craft | Plarn Tote Decorated with Toothpaste Tubes – Crochet Pattern Included!

I’m fully addicted to crocheting – and not with just yarn, but also with plarn!  I have used the plarn to make plarn totes – the ultimate in using upcycled materials for crafting!  Not only am I putting my grocery store plastic bags to good use, I’m also finding a way to use old toothpaste… Continue Reading

15 Minute No Sew Tote Bag – Made From a Tank Top!

15 Minute No Sew Tote Bag – Made From a Tank Top!

Learn here how to make a no sew tote bag from a tank top!  It takes 15 minutes – really!!  This is an easy and frugal craft project this is practical and fun!  You could even have the kids work with you on this one!  In fact, my almost 7 year old wants to pick out… Continue Reading

Double Sided Photo Frame:  Burlap & Chevron Magnetic Photo Frame!

Double Sided Photo Frame: Burlap & Chevron Magnetic Photo Frame!

DIY Photo Frame:  Burlap & Chevron Magnetic Photo Frame! If you didn’t see this post, then you may not know that I have branched out my online business and have opened an Etsy shop called Magnet Menagerie!! I wanted to highlight this Burlap & Chevron Magnetic Photo Frame – this will make a great Mother’s Day gift!… Continue Reading

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