Christmas tins

I’m going to warn you these are bit addictive for two reasons: First is, they are simple to make. Second of all, they can be used for so many things you’ll be inventing them before you know it!

I’ve used oil cloth for these, because it’s easy to to work with and more fade and stain resistant than vinyl. You can source oil cloth from many retailers.

You’ll need

  • Tins – Any kind, ust be careful to ensure there’s no exposed edges for safety reasons
  • Fabric – waterproof is best – try mexican oil cloth or vinyl
  • Hot glue gun (quite inexpensive – under $15)
  • Clear packaging tape
  • Sewing machine if you’ld like labels (or if you’re handy, hand blanket-stitch!)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

1. Cut cloth to size 2. Sew the label onto the cloth 3. Stick cloth to tin and hold in place with tape

Step one

Measure inbetween the rims of your tin, cut your oil cloth to size.

Step two

If labeling, cut out the chalk cloth and sew onto the oil cloth.

Step three

Stick oil cloth tin with hot glue gun and secure the overlap with some clear packaging tape.

Step four

Go crazy with combinations!

Extra ideas

    • Save your Milo tins to use for cookie containers. You could gift covered Milo tins to give away homemade christmas tree cookies or bought candy-canes!
    • Tomato or bean tins can be used for holding potted herbs (just use a hammer and nail on the bottom to create some drainage) or you could use them as pencil holders!

By Melissa Klemke

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