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December 29, 2010


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What a great idea for all those tins at the very back of the cupboard ! Can even use for storage ! Thanks for sharing!

Elena Sauer

Yes, where do you get the stamp?

Splendid Little Stars

very cool!


What a nice idea! Thanks for sharing it!


I tried them, they look amazing!! One problem; dus to the layer of paint on the top, they don't open and close properly anymore... so be aware that if you make them, that you don't spray to much paint on the closing part


Another question. How do you get the words to stay on the tin?


I was just thinking that this year I would give tins of cookies away. and this is PERFECT way to do so...genius!


hello nev i got it from a mate so this is the contact
and details,ring them for advice , mention michael told you to ring


So cute! I work at a thrift shop and we get tons of old tins in~ we usually price them for .75
thanks for posting :)

Pam Carney

Great idea! Love it!


I don't think that you are supposed to spray the inside as it will not make it food safe. Be careful!


Love this!


Oh my, I 'used' to have many of these and a couple months ago I gave them to goodwill b/c I didn't know what to do with them. I have them forever. :(

Oh well, there is always next time. xoxo


Gesso is a primer used with acrilic paints. I think she diluted it and painted over the newspaper to give it the "washed out look".


How smart are you? Great idea! I'm pinning this.

Jan B

I may cry over the many tins I have purged from my collection! Great and classy idea! Now I can start collecting again...with reason other than I love them.


Most excellent idea for gift containers and perfectly do-able for birthdays, etc. No more gift wrap, just tins!


Great job! Too bad I gave away all those tins. Never occurred to me to spray paint them. And I could use my Cricut and vinyl to label if I wanted. Thanks for the inspiration!


Courtesy wikipedia: "Gesso is a white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum, pigment, or any combination of these.[1] It is used in artwork as a preparation for any number of substrates such as wood panels, canvas and sculpture as a base for paint and other materials that are applied over it."

Fantastic upcycling - LOVE the idea!

Amy Liz Schultz

Such a great idea! I never really like the store bought options so this will be a great way to customize my look. Thanks for the idea! Yours turned out lovely!I will link back to this post when I post how mine turned out on my site!


Adding to my Christmas list right now. Thank you for sharing your wonderful idea.


How have I never thought of this? Love this idea!

Kathy | Eye4Design

A fun & festive idea for re-cycling all those old tins!!


I'm making a "craft room" in my spare bedroom, seen your post and am going to use the 13 tins a just found at the Goodwill for storage!!!! Thanks for the idea!!


I'm always buying used tins and trying to find the 'least decorated' ones to use for Christmas presents; so hard to find ones that have like a cross or a snowflake and the like; this hack makes it possible to focus on the nicest SHAPE and size tin and not the logos or lack of it

Gesso, if I am not mistaken, is like Mod Podge; it sort of 'texturizes' the paper

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