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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I absolutely just love how these turned out!!!
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!
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!
Here are some more Upcycling Projects to get inspired by: