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Uses for Cookie Tins

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This is a guide about uses for cookie tins. These handy containers are often very decorative as they are, or can be dressed up and reused for a variety of things.


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December 23, 2009

Got some cute cookie tins? Looking for a shortcut to some gift wrapping? I always seem to be running behind and find myself furiously cutting and taping wrapping on Christmas Eve!

Last year I remembered the nice cookie containers I'd received a couple of weeks earlier at our annual cookie exchange. The cookies were in the freezer and the tins were washed and tucked away out of sight. So I took them out of storage and put them to use as "gift boxes" for small items, gift certificates, etc.

It worked out so well that I'm definitely going to use some again this year! The more unusual shapes are great. This year I'm including a star-shaped tin and a tin with a lid that opens like a treasure chest.


Saves paper, tape, and ribbons, puts those pretty cookie tins on display once again, and it's a great way for everybody to recycle them year after year!

By Janet from Howell, MI

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December 27, 20090 found this helpful
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Since the cookie tins are eminently reusable, you're really giving two gifts in one this way! Wonderful!

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November 8, 20160 found this helpful

A cookie tin with butter cookies.

This is a guide about crafts made with cookie tins. If you are trying to decide what to do with all of your holiday cookie tins, here are some ideas.


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October 10, 2008

With the holidays approaching, its a great time to repurpose those cookie tins. Square and rectangular cookie tins (top and bottom) make great drawer organizers which can be very expensive when bought at the store. They can also be used in tool boxes, in art boxes, for crayons, and for other more "industrial" strength purposes where a regular box might not hold up.

By Amy from Dublin, OH

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September 12, 2008

What can I do with those left over cookie\candy tins? I know that there have to be some type of crafting I can do with them but I need ideas!

Sheila from NC

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September 12, 20080 found this helpful
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I use the small tins for sharing homemade goodies to the younger kids, bigger tins for the teens or familys.

Tins are good to store keepsakes in.

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September 12, 20080 found this helpful
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If you are a crafter, they are great. You can either use them to store all of one item, such as all of your embrodiery floss or all of a certain type of bead, etc.

Or... you can use one as a place to keep together what you need for a certain project (cross-stich, latch hook, etc), it keeps everything together and portable, and with the varying sizes, you can find one that's perfect for nearly every project!

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September 13, 20082 found this helpful
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My beautiful Grandmother filled a cookie tin with my first sewing supplies, and gave it to me as a birthday present. I've used it for over 40 years. It reminds me that hand sewing was an essential skill when she was young. The new-fangled orange handeled sissors were in it, and I am still using them!


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September 15, 20081 found this helpful
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I saw an idea on here from someone else...they made a 'hugs and kisses' tin

Painted in a relevant way for the recipient with 'hugs and kisses' painted on it and then for it to be filled with lovely chocs...individually wrapped....and a hand made label attached for someone special for if ever they need a hug or kiss to take a scrummy choc and think of you ....

ooooooh I thinks its a lovely gift for children leaving home...grandparents etc

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September 17, 20080 found this helpful
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Fill them with homemade candy or cookies and give them away!

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Halloween Decoration - I paint my tins in black or orange craft paint and fill them with spider webbing. I have the webbing spill out a little bit. Add spiders, insects, maybe a frog. Put a wooden spoon on top of the decoration. A witches cauldron for a table centerpiece!

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September 18, 20081 found this helpful
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A few years ago I made some clocks out of the cookie tins. I drilled a hole in the lid to accomodate the clock works purchased at the hobby store. I also drilled a hole in the bottom of the tin so you could hang it on the wall. Attach the numbers on the front with glue and you are good to go. They made wonderful gifts!

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September 17, 20080 found this helpful

I have a rather large one that I keep all my buttons in. I just glued some to the lid and keep it on my sewing machine.

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September 18, 20080 found this helpful

Remove the lid,paint the outside(and inside if desired). Collect miniature items and doll furniture(don'f forget the doll or other figures) and make a shadowbox scene to decorate a wall. You can also pad the lid with batting and a pretty fabric and make a giant pincushion. Put all kinds and style of pins inside for the person,s(or your own) use.

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September 18, 20080 found this helpful

I saw an idea and it might have been on Thrifty Fun. Fill the inside with silk flowers or greenery (think a foam block was used) and the tiny white lights. Sort of on the idea of the potpourri jars w/lights, etc. except you'd want the contents upright (thus the foam block). Depending on what kind of tin; whether you would have to change the outside.

I'm not doing a good job of explaining, but maybe you get the idea.

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