Share on ThriftyFunThis guide contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!
Once I recycled my popcorn tin as a trash basket, I wondered what I could do with the lid. I decided to use it to catch any water that drained out of my large houseplant. I put some felt furniture protectors on the bottom, so it wouldn't scratch my coffee table.
Decorative gift food tins can be repurposed in a number of ways. A simple one is to put it to use as a trash can. This is a guide about using a popcorn tin as a trash can.
Over time, we have been gifted several themed popcorn tins. They have worked great for storing our Christmas tree decorations in. The one with angels on it, holds all our angel ornaments, while the one with snow covered homes stores all our special homemade ornaments. The one with Santa and his sleigh store all our Santa ornaments, while the one with the old classic cars on it stores all our sports themed ornaments.
My all time favorite has antique dolls on it and holds my mini doll ornaments. We have one with snowmen on it that holds all the Christmas coloring books and crayons for when our grandsons visit. These are then stored in rubber totes. After the tree is all decorated, we just set all the pretty tins around the room, for extra holiday beauty. Easy peasey when its time to pack them all away again.
By Sue from Taylor, MI
The tins are also wonderful to store large amounts of flour and/or sugar in. I always put a white (unscented of course) garbage bag in first and then pour in the sugar etc. That way there is no chance of rusting inside.
I try to purchase items in large quantities if a better buy. There are only 2 of us but sugar, rice etc will keep a long time!
Using the empty popcorn containers for storage of holiday things or if you need a small trash can for a room. You can spray paint the container and add whatever embellishment you want to match the decor!
We always used them for storing toys like my son's LEGOs and my daughter's Barbie clothes.
I use mine to keep yarn in. There is one by my chair and some in my craft room. It stays clean and pets can't bother it.
Use them on the porch or deck in summer as an ashtray for people who smoke. Fill with sand or cat litter. Use a litter scooper or an old strainer for cleaning it. Save the lid to cover when wind comes up or rain, or when not in use.
Get those empty popcorn tins from Christmas with snow men and other Christmas stuff on them. Put them to good use.
I use large popcorn tins I receive at Christmas to store my large bag of dog food. They keep the food fresh and away from unwanted critters.
ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.
This is the time of year those pretty, colorful tins are available with 3 kinds of popcorn inside. They make wonderful inexpensive gifts as most people love to eat popcorn. Afterwards, these containers can be used to house most items around anyone's home. They're very useful items.
They can be used at someone's fireplace or wood stove to hold kindling. They can be used to hold magazines or knitting supplies by someone's arm chair or sofa. They can hide away your Christmas lights until next year. They can hide small to medium sized toys, etc., plus being decorative to your home, at the same time. Just attach the lid and no one has to know what's inside,or just leave open, all to your liking. Or use the empty tin to hold a gift for your special someone.
By Terri H. from NV
One of those large popcorn tins will hold a good sized bag of dry dogfood. I used a smaller one for doggy treats. My cockamation would stand and look at that one till I took out a treat for her. (12/04/2007)
One of the spare popcorn tins I had left I used for a friends' wedding as a place to deposit greeting cards/gift certificates. Because I was covering it with fabric (brocade), I sanded the tin, thoroughly cleaned it, and used double stick carpet tape to adhere the fabric to the tin. I recycled the original lid and made a large diameter, but not too tall, cone made of poster board for the lid and place to deposit the greeting cards. I covered the poster board cone with brocade too. I embellished the edges with strung pearls, added silk flowers and a couple of doves. It was quite beautiful and useful, and reusable! (12/04/2007)
Both of my kids use old popcorn tins for the wastebaskets in their rooms. (12/04/2007)
By Mary Ellen
I have used such a bucket, only it is a Halloween bucket, for years to hold the Halloween treats... it does tend to gain some rust with the years (I've used it for about 9 Halloweens now), but the outside is still an added treat to the trick or treaters. Works great. (12/04/2007)
I use the popcorn tins for storing my dog food too.I store my homemade laundry soap in one, too. I think I was lucky. I got 1 at a garage sale for free. Then I got one for .25 cents. Love them for storage. (12/04/2007)
You can use them to store birdseed and as flower pot covers for large plants. Use them to store hurricane/bad weather supplies(just grab and go). Fill with emergency supplies and keep in the trunk of your car. (12/04/2007)
I line them with a plastic bag and use them as wastebaskets. We've also used one to hold a bag of ice melt. (12/04/2007)
The smaller versions are good to put chips in for a party. (12/05/2007)
I've used the popcorn tins as traveling toy boxes for the kids while camping. Each kid had their own tin and was expected to take care of the toys it contained. (01/01/2008)
I cut holes spaced around the sides to make a hen and chicks planter. Turned out pretty good. (01/05/2008)
By J in NE
Popcorn tins are wonderful! I have used them for many of the purposes already mentioned. This year I am filling them with popcorn, cocoa, movie-type candy, cookies, other snacks, a $5 Blockbuster video card, and a family game for our friends. I have saved all brown paper that I got this year and will use our small shredder to make the filling for the container. Very inexpensive and a fun gift to open and enjoy for the entire family!
I also use a pretty winter scene tin to store my homemade powdered laundry soap. (10/25/2008)
I think it would look cute as a snowman. Paint it out and make some kind of hat for the top. Tie a scarf around, so many cute things you can do! As far as garbage cans go, paint it out in a fun color for a kids room and add dots or wallpaper as trim or stick on flowers and such have fun with it! (11/30/2008)
Since we recycle Christmas bows from year to year, the tins make a great storage container for them without letting them get smashed, plus the typical holiday decor on them lets me know what is inside. You could also put name tags in with the bows. (12/12/2008)