Friday 15 February 2013

Guest Post - Fun Crafts using Tins

Thank you Eilidh for being my guest on Marigolds' Loft today.

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Every week we throw out millions of tins whether that be from tinned fruit or tinned beans, they still go to waste. What most of us don’t realise is tins are a great material for using in crafts. You can make some beautiful home accessories out of tins and they are fun to make for adults and children. Here are some of the best tin crafts-

Tin Storage Containers

You can make stunning shabby chic inspired tin storage cans really easily out of a basic tin. These are great for storing pens, pencils, paint brushes and threads and buttons. Here’s how-
  1. Clean and remove any labels on your tin.
  2. Paint white and leave to dry, you may need to do two layers.
  3. Cut out a strip of news paper to cover about half your tin. Stick on with PVA glue in the middle so you have a stripe of white at the bottom and top and news paper in the middle.
  4. Stick buttons, ribbons and anything else pretty that you have spare to your tins.
Cubby Hole Storage

The great thing about tins is you can paint them any colour and decorate them in anyway so as to make them fit perfectly into your home. Tins make great cubby holes-
  1. Follow the instructions above for painting and decorating your can.
  2. Attach to the wall with a small nail in the centre of the can. You can attach just one or several, organise the tins how you would like them before you secure them.
  3. Use for storage of stationary, post and papers.
Mini Loaf Of Bread Can

Tinware can be used as food containers again. This is a really sweet and quirky present idea. Take a tin can and clean and remove labels. You have a readymade baking and gift container. Mix up a bread mix and bake it in your tin can. Give as a present with a ribbon wrapped around.

Tin Can Hanging Lantern

These are great for hanging in your front window, around outside seating areas such as your patio or to put on shelves or tables. Here’s how to make a hanging lantern from a tin can-
  1. Take your tin can and once again remove any labels.
  2. You can paint your can but they look just as effective in their original silver, although if you do choose to hang them outside it is best to paint them to prevent rusting.
  3. Use a hammer or drill to punch holes into the tin- this is for the light from the candle to shine through.
  4. Take a piece of wire or string and attach to the top of the can to hang by threading it through a hole on either side.
  5. Pop a tea light in and hang!

Eilidh MacRae works for Tinware direct and would recommend them as suppliers of tins.


  1. oooh, I like those ideas. The utensil holder is perfect, especially for events/gatherings.

  2. What great ideas, I love the rustic look of tins! Thanks so much for showing off at my party, I am so excited to be your 102nd follower!



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