DIY: The Tin Saga

Today's project is not only a favorite of mine, but a serious favorite of the many brides who rent from me out here in Portland, Oregon.

Tea tins can make great centerpieces & storage containers. However, actually shopping around to find some "cute" enough for this can be a large task. The good news is you can give them a make over that is simple and easy. Getting excited over old tins = weird. Yep...and proud of it!

1. To start you'll need PAPER modge podge, paintbrushes, acrylic paint and of course, some old tea tins (or tins of any kind). It's a good idea to wipe off your tins before painting them.

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2.DO NOT break down and buy tins from Michaels, Amazon.com or Ebay. Just take a little time to hunt at places like Value Village, Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, and of course... garage sales. I've found them for as little as $0.10 at these different locations. I wouldn't recommend paying more than $0.99, and that should be for a darn good tin.

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3. Apply a nice first layer of paint. Choose a rich color that you would use in many different rooms. Let the first coat dry, and then apply a second coat. Let the tin dry completely before doing anything else. 

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4. The next step is the most fun, picking your design for the front of the tin. I chose to collect some antique fruit labels from The Ink Painter on Etsy. The store's prices are very reasonable. However you can design your own by hand or in photoshop...also clippings from wrapping paper and magazines can work well too.

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5. Apply a thin layer of PAPER modge podge to the back of your label. Carefully, place it on the desired area of your tin. Make sure to smooth out the edges and watch for any "bubbling" in the paper.

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6. Let the label dry for 30mins at LEAST. 2 hours is recommended. Then apply another thin coat of Modge Podge to the outside of the label. I like to apply normal (so the original kind, non-paper) Modge Podge all over the tin in an even coat. This helps protect the paint from chipping and makes it water resilient. Let the tin dry another 2 hours.

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7. Lastly, after your project has dried completely...all you have left to do is decide how to use it. I think the tins make great vases. In fact, I will soon be renting them for a very good price for weddings. So if you don't feel like making your own, contact me!


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Hope you enjoyed re-purposing your old tins. Check back at Jarfly next week for more "do it yourself" ideas and insane romps down craft alley. Later folks!