Today I wanted to share with you a quick and fun way to redecorate those Holiday and novelty tins that often come into our homes as gifts and end up staying with a new purpose. We somehow have quite a few Christmas tins that are great for storing items, but look really out of place any time other than December!
What you’ll need:
- A holiday or novelty tin (or tins)
- Patterned Duct Tape (or Washi Tape)
- Scissors or a Utility Knife
- Your Mini Makeover Essentials including time
- Optional: Enthusiastic children/helpers
Depending on the pattern on your tape and the shape on your tin, decide where the best place would be to start. With this round tin, I got my duct tape and started at the bottom just above the lip. I slowly followed it around from where the break in the tin was at the back and made sure the tape was on smoothly until I got back to where I started and used a utility (stanley) knife to line it up at the start. If you’re using washi tape, scissors are probably a good alternative for the cutting.
Repeat around the main part of the tin, lining up the pattern where you can until you reach the top. Because mine was chevron, I tried to get the pattern consistent all the way around the tin.
Then it’s time to decide how you’re going to tackle the lid. I did the side first so that it matched the main tin. Because my tape was so thick I carefully used the utility knife to cut off the excess tape, but you could do a cut and fold onto the top. Since the top of the lid was too wide for one piece of tape I chose to place a piece on the left of the top and cut an extra piece where the pattern would match. I then carefully used the utility knife on a cutting surface (an old phone book) to get the rounded edges. If I’d done this with my nieces, I would have done all the cutting parts.
I think it took about 10-15 minutes to do this tin and I’m happy with how it turned out for a first attempt. It gives a bit of colour to the bench next to the phone. (and is a whole lot prettier than what it looked like before!)
This is a quick and easy mini makeover that can add a pop of colour to your home. You could also try doing this with paint or some really cute labels. I think it could be a fun rainy day activity that’s a little bit different. You could also get a collection of them together and paint or decorate as a set to re-gift with baked goodies inside for your next special occasion.
Have you redecorated any old novelty tins in your home? How did you do it? I’d love to hear!