We always receive the popcorn tins for Christmas. I have found if you line them with a small grocery bag, they make a great garbage can for any room that needs a little something to catch trash in. My girls always find one they like and you don't feel bad when they tire of it. My husband has one beside his chair in the family room and loves it.
By Cheryle from Presque Isle, ME
I know it's late for this post, or heck, you can consider it early for this years holiday season!!
I get them at thrift shops and use them to make shelf supports! The round design distributes the weight evenly, and with the lids on, they are even more sturdy.
They are great for food storage, esp' if you zip-lock each thing you put in like different bags of pasta, chips bags, etc.
I also use them for cat food and litter, as they are great to stack in the pantry.
Line them with a plastic bag and they are great for umbrellas by the door.
I will let you in on a little secret, too. I have my home inventory on cd's and on paper, my insurance and all important papers, cd's with all my family photos, copies of id's, and even my will in a small safe. That safe is in a popcorn tin. I then sit a fake plant on the top that slips just enough inside that no one can tell the difference. When I know that I have a fire, or I have to evacuate for any reason, I ditch the plant and grab the safe.
Something to keep in mind.
All ideas are great ones, which I already have in practice, mostly. I have them in 3 rooms as trash cans. I get the ones with snowy scenes or something that will work for all year round, and don't even have to paint or hide the 'pretty'.
These cans do work well for storage, and I use them for keeping my birdseed for my parrot, the outdoor birdies, my dogs, and also keep one in the kitchen for storing baggies of dried fruit and veggies, which I dry myself. I have one in my camper holding rags we might need to clean things off outside. If it rains on the can, it doesn't hurt it one bit. Squirrels cannot chew into them to get to the seed or dog food. And they are a reminder that Jesus was born to save us all, every day of the year!
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!
By Librasunshine from Owensboro, KY
I use mine, with a food appropriate plastic bag lining, to store my bread flour. It seals so well and keeps it fresh.
I had leftover tins last year from the year before and throughout the year as I found things on sale, I filled the tins for my nieces and their live-in boyfriends and gave them to them. I had a jar candle, $5 movies, shopping list pads, notecards, etc. The tin was my decoative wrapping. All I had to do was put a bow and a name tag on top.
We always used them for storing toys like my son's LEGOs and my daughter's Barbie clothes.
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.
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.
Get those empty popcorn tins from Christmas with snow men and other Christmas stuff on them. Put them to good use.
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.
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.
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)