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
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.
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!
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!
*store any small candles like jar ones, yankee car jars etc they keep the scent longer. keep the tin in a cool area away from sunlight.
* store dried flower seeds inside then
*store cookie cutters inside
*make you a first aid box to keep in car, garage
*keep your ribbons inside and let just 2 inch section hang out around the rim close the tins lid( you see at first glance which ribbons you have on hand)
I use my candy/cookie tins for decorative gift holders. I came across a padded top candy box one. I used a store bought doily, and spray starch to make it stiff. Then I hand stitched it on the padding. I made a cute gift box that can be used for whatever your hearts' desire.
Good to keep fragile (crushable) holiday items in, such has glass bulbs, blown eggs, etc. Also, if you have mice, good for storing candles, crayons or items mice like to chew on.
Thank you for the ideas. If you have any ideas on decorating the tins please let me know. I have christmas tins, valentine, and other types, middle to large size. Would like to use them as gifts if possible. Thanks!
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
My friend covers them with contact paper then uses them for her sewing & craft supplies. I like to decoupage them with fabric, then fill them with Christmas & Holiday treats. You can paint them with primer so the background is white then decoupage fancy napkins on them too!
---> Kids like to glue flat marbles, shells & other knickknacks on them, then use them to store their favorite rocks & shells...
Fill them with homemade candy or cookies and give them away!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
At a garage sale my friend and I purchased some large tins. I keep DVD's tv guide in my as the tin looks good in corner in living room and when some unexpected person shows up I toss any stuff into it. She used hers for tools and odd items.
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