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Repurposing Biscuit Tins – Ideas & Craft Projects
Posted By Tipnut On January 8, 2008 @ 6:50 am In Crafty Ideas,Organizing | 7 Comments
It seems this time of year I’m swimming in biscuit tins, but I’m not complaining since they’re such great organizing tools! Plus the crafts you can make with them are gorgeous and not that difficult to manage–you can go as simple or as elaborate as you like.
These are also known as cookie or advertising tins and they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. I have a few ideas for the large popcorn ones too.
Here’s a list of organizing ideas followed by some tutorials for craft projects. I’m sure you already know and use many of these ideas, but some might be new and useful for you. Since they come in an unlimited number of shapes and sizes, it’s just a matter of fitting the right size and shape to the decided use.
Ideas For Using Them:
You can decorate them with paint, fabrics & trims or paper. Nice for keepsake boxes, gift sewing kits, and special gift containers. You can also paint them to make cute kitchen accessories, who needs store bought canisters when you can design your own with recycled tins! See the resources below for some great ideas and how to’s:
How To Clean Them:
Just a quick wash in hot soapy water, then hand dry immediately. Let them sit out on the counter for a few hours before covering with the lid and storing away to make sure the surface is completely dry as any little bit of moisture can cause rust havoc. Do not put them in the dishwasher.
Where To Find Them Cheap:
These are so inexpensive to collect, I never fail to find heaps of them at garage sales–many of them given away for free! Some are vintage or collectibles that may cost more, but average prices should be a quarter or two (I’d spend a dollar if the size was perfect).
Just stick with picking up the shapes and sizes that you can use purposefully either as an organizing item or decorated for a decor piece or to give away–otherwise you’ll need a storage solution just for your collection of advertising tins ;). No matter how “ugly” their manufactured design may be, they can be turned into beautiful and useful items as shown above.
If you have an idea for using these productively or some crafty idea, I’d love to hear it!
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 making gift baskets: http://tipnut.com/homemade-gift-baskets/
 waterproof matches & fire starters: http://tipnut.com/camping-treats/
 Chocolate Truffle Tins: http://sunshinydayswithkim.blogspot.com/2007/10/chocolate-truffle-tin.html
 Crafts Supplies Organizer: http://www.bhg.com/crafts/easy/1-hour-projects/tin-crafts-supplies-organizer/
 Tangle-Proof Yarn Case: http://www.marthastewart.com/273457/tangle-proof-yarn-case
 Embroidery Hoops Container: http://mamiejanes.blogspot.com/2011/08/embroidery-hoop-container.html
 DIY Vintage Tins: http://fromthetortoiseandthehare.blogspot.com/2011/01/diy-vintage-tins.html
 Decorative Containers: http://craftingagreenworld.com/2009/03/17/tutorial-altered-tins/
 Book Covers: http://wisearts.com/2008/06/03/recycled-tin-covered-book-tutorial/
 Doily Tins: http://www.marthastewart.com/270772/doily-tin
 Makeover: http://www.inthefunlane.com/2011/11/catch-up-and-longest-post-of-year.html
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