Reusing Tins

Keep flour, sugar, and any other imaginable dry goods in these attractive collectible tins. They can be found at yard sales, Goodwill, and eBay.


Though I'm not certain they will safeguard your foodstuffs against moths and such pests, they will most certainly prevent rodents.

This is also nice if for some reason you don't have a lot of cupboard or storage space.

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I save the tins with cute, vintage looking graphics after cleaning out my cupboards to make desk sets and refrigerator magnets! After cleaning them out, I can either add a strip of magnetic tape to the back of them to hold my roll of stamps, pens and post-it notes or just place them on my writing desk. The tins would make a cute gift too, perhaps for Mothers Day.

A desk set from old containers.

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I recently moved from a larger to a smaller apartment. I love the decorator tins I get from thrift shops. They are an essential part of my kitchen/dining room decor, but this time, I had only enough room for one of them.

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October 16, 2007

I received a variety of teas in small tea tins for Christmas last year. I enjoyed the tea tremendously, now I have 8-10 small tins that I would like to "recycle" into a craft item.

Any suggestions?

JOSE from Tennessee


October 17, 20070 found this helpful

Little windchimes would be cute. Just take a tiny nail & hammer and punch one hole in the lids center then in the bottom of the can punch 3-4 holes in differant places.For the chimes you could use wooden dowl rods cut to seperate lenghts or use spoons or forks.Drill holes through whatever chime choice you pick.Run fishing line through the chimes leaving it long enough on each one to run up through the bottom lid and the top lid then close the tin set.Gather all lines together at the top tie a loop for hanging. I always use my old chimes from windchimes that are old and need revamping.Also many found in yard sales. Can also use them for candles that close with the lid. Just use your already exsisting candles that have been used some.The little votives or tappered candles work great.And you will already have your scent & color by reusing them.Just Take an old pot and melt them slowly on the stove pour into your tea tin bottom & add a wick in the center and let set.Can set fast by placing in the freezer. I use the tiny tealight candles for getting my wicks. They simply pop out of the cups and pull your wick out of the bottom even drop that teacandle wax into your pot after all have melted pour into your tin and reuse that wick you pulled from the teacandle. You could even give them out as gifts.

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October 19, 20070 found this helpful

You could make travel sized sewing kits to give as gifts. Wrap black and white thread around a piece of cardboard then put a needle in it. Include some buttons and, if it will fit, some travel scissors or snips that you can find at the craft stores. Look in a kit at the store for more items to include if you have more room. I have done this myself with a little tea tin and I keep it in the glove compartment of the car!

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By Ann Lockey (Guest Post)
October 20, 20070 found this helpful

Hello, Just like yourself I had some Tea tins given as pressents to me a few years back not wanting to throw them away i painted them with enamel paint in various colours and made flower paterns on them filled them with wrapped candies and put a ribbon around the tins and gave them away as pressents, christmas is coming you can put any design you want to on them for any occasion. Annie

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In the past, I've used zip closed bags to store things like powdered sugar, dry pasta, or bread crumbs, but it recently occurred to me that I have accumulated several (various sized) metal tins that are sitting empty in my pantry.

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November 8, 2016

This is a page 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.

A cookie tin with butter cookies.

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March 22, 2012

This page contains uses for popcorn tins. Once you have finished eating the tasty popcorn in one of the decorative tins, repurpose it.

Popcorn Tin Filled with Four Types of Popcorn

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November 9, 2016

This is a page 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.

A cookie tin filled with cookies.

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March 25, 2011

I have bunches of tins of all sizes and shapes. Recently, I've accumulated a lot of Altoids tins and now some CD tins that AOL has been sending out.

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