Wednesday, March 30, 2011

DIY tins

DIY tins
Little tins are so useful! You can put your dried citrus peel in them, or tea, or herbs...so many things! And there are lots of ways to come by them without spending a lot of money. Here are a few ideas:

Make your own:
"Make" a tin
Reuse empty packages, like this baking powder tin. All you have to do is glue some cute paper to the outside of the tin. (Hint: Lots of packages have very shiny or coated paper on them and glue won't stick well to it. So use a medium to light sandpaper and rough the surface up a bit first. Then use a very thin layer of white glue, spread it out with your finger or a clean paint brush and stick the paper down!)

Reuse a tin
Clean up a tin
Tea and other products sometimes come in really nice tins. Reuse them! Unfortunately, they often have yucky, ugly glue even after you tear the label off. With a little elbow grease, you can usually get if off though. Rubbing alcohol or fingernail polish remover can help. (Be careful though, it sometimes takes paint or color off too, like the red on this tin's lid.) Heat tools too can help. I used mine on the side of this tin to melt away those big globs of glue.

Buy empty ones
Tin from Specialty Bottle
It's possible to find nice tins at very good prices, like this one I bought from Specialty Bottle for $1.08. This is a great solution if you need a lot, say for gifts.

No matter where they come from, put a cute label on them and you've got great, personalized storage!

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