Uses for Popcorn Tins

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December 17, 2009

A decorative lighted welcome tin made from a recycled popcorn tin.Reuse those Christmas popcorn tins to welcome your holiday guests and place it by an entrance or anywhere to make them feel welcome and add holiday charm to your home.


Here, I used a bear Christmas printed tin but you can reuse all those ones you have with any scene with a holiday theme simply by adding holiday decorations and and a battery powered light. I hot glue all my items on well so I can also raise up the lid.

Use the inside for storage. I store scented pine cones fire starters, every once in a while before guests come, I raise the lid momentarily, and it gives the house a very welcome scent.

I display mine under my Christmas tree until it is filled with gifts then I move it too my doors entrance either inside or out. These make great gifts as well, Enjoy. Happy Holidays

Approximate Time: 30-60 minutes or less depending on the already decorations you may have available



Simply hot glue or epoxy all the decorations of your choice to the tin cans lid the way you like.

First, lay down polyfill fiber batting to the lid for snow and then glue it on.

Add battery candle stick to the center and glue it in place at its base.

Add pine cones around the candle stick in a circular motion, and glue them on as well.

Add holiday pictures of holly berries & silk fake floral poinsettias tucked in between the pine cones

Nail on the wooden holiday sign to the tin cans outer top edge.

Then paint the top of the candle stick bulb and the tips of the pine cones with white acrylic paint to simulate snow to complete a wintry snowy scene


Place this near a door entrance or anywhere you like to welcome your guest with a warm holiday cheer.

By Julie from Tennessee

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October 2, 2009

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!


March 19, 2012

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.


July 26, 2012

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.


August 2, 2011

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.

Two black, brown, and white dogs looking up at a person to the left outside the frame of the photo.


May 6, 2015

We always used them for storing toys like my son's LEGOs and my daughter's Barbie clothes.


December 22, 2004

Get those empty popcorn tins from Christmas with snow men and other Christmas stuff on them. Put them to good use.


April 2, 2012

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.


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March 2, 2017

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.

Recycled Popcorn Lid as Plant Saucer

March 15, 2017

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 page about using a popcorn tin as a trash can.

A popcorn tin being used as a trash can.


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October 2, 2009

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.

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