These are some containers I made by recycling Christmas tins. Cool, huh? If you'd like to win one of these, scroll down and enter my giveaway. If you'd like to make your own and keep Christmas tins out of landfills, just keep on reading!
These are the "before" pictures for the above containers. I got these for $1 at Goodwill, but I'm sure you can just search through your attic and find a few.
What else you might like to have on hand:
1) Rust-oleum Clear Enamel
2) 3M Super 77 Adhesive (Caution: This sticky stuff will not leave you alone!)
3) Rust-oleum Universal Primer & Paint (amazing stuff)
4) Some kind of paper to wrap around the tin. I printed out digital scrapbooking paper from JW Illustrations Jungle Pack.
5) Keep Calm & Teach On Graphics (No worries, I have them already made for you at my TpT store here. :))
What to Do:
Apply several coats of Primer/Paint to the tin.
I kept the lid on because I'm worried about the paint chipping everytime you close the lid. But by doing so, you will still see the Christmas background when you open the lid.
Paste the graphic on the lid.
To do so:
1) Download the graphics from my TpT store or make your own.
2) Measure the diameter of your lid.
3) Insert your graphic into Power Point or whatever design program you're familiar with for resizing.
4) Resize your graphic to a little bit less than the diameter of your lid.
5) Print and paste (I used the 3M Super 77. I tried Mod Podge and had serious elephant skin issues because the paper was too thin. But you Mod Podge experts can probably do it fine.)
Add paper to the side.
I printed this paper and cut it into several strips based on the dimensions of the tin. I like using stripes because you can line up the strips fairly well without telling where one strip ends and one begins.
Add a protective sealant coat.
You could probably use Mod Podge once the glue has completely dried, but I took no chances. I added several coats of Rust-olem clear enamel. The more you coat, the glossier it gets. Any type of acrylic glaze or sealant I'm sure would do great.
Ta-dah!! This tin makes me happy.
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Keep calm and RECYCLE on!