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I recently got a new craft area, and I've been working to make it pretty and functional. Add to this a cat that loves to eat any sort of thread or felt left out in the open, and I really needed some decent storage and quick!

And why overpay for horrible clear plastic containers when you can make your own? All it takes is a little time and spraypaint and BAM! Ugly holiday themed metal tins are turned cute storage tins. :D

I don't even want to show you what my craft storage looked like before.

Step 1: What you'll need:

  • spray paint
  • masking tape/painter's tape
  • metal food tins
Check your local thrift stores for metal tins - they seem to be everywhere! I went to the Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland, and they had a huge selection of them - I got four of them for $2.50.

Or wait until the holidays and dig in your neighbor's trashcans.

As far as paint, make sure you're using something made for painting metal. I'm using Rust-oleum because I've had success with it before. And the ultra cover stuff I'm using works really well. :D

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<p>I love this idea, because I like to save the metal containers, but first, they will rust even in the desert, and then who would want to give homemade peanut butter cookies in a short bread cookie tin. You have now made my problem into two gifts instead! When the cookies are gone, this tin could be used to store many different things. Of course, my husband would keep nuts and bolts in one, painted or not, but upside is different colors would look nice stacked on shelf and you could carefully paint contents on side. Thank you for this instructable. And as ericbosloor said, good use for all those colors of spray paint sitting around. </p>
<p>Metal tins are very useful as storage containers because of the durability of their material. However, the downside is that they will eventually rust over time so you would really have to keep them out of humid areas and not allow them to get in contact with moisture.</p>
<p>This is a wonderful way to keep you storage boxes at home looking good without having to go all out and buy new things. It would probably work on all my other storage containers at home too I think! Instead of having to worry about coordinating a bunch of different things, I should just get a can of spray paint ready and instantly make everything match!</p>
<p>Now this idea I can buy into since I have some spray paint cans that are just sitting in my garage. There always seems to be a fair bit of that stuff leftover from whatever I'm doing and this is a perfect way to finish the cans off!</p>
pretty cool idea
Genius - I love them all - great idea. :)
What a great idea! I kind of regret leaving behind one of these cookie boxes, un aware of its hidden potential...
Nice project! <br>very simple. <br> <br>a couple tricks: <br>1. to prevent bleeds, after you've masked, paint again with the base color before painting with the top color. the base color will seal all the tape edges and any bleeds that do happen will be invisible. <br> <br>2. instead of using scissors to cut the tape use a razor scraper or a 5-in-1 painters tool. if you hold the scraper tight against the trim line and pull up on the tape, the tape will cut clean along that line. not sure if i explained that well. <br> i talk about it in one of my instructables. <br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Trash-to-Treasure-using-spraypaint-to-refinish-cu/ <br>
Looks absolutely lovely and useful!
Very cool! It reminded me of Charlie Brown's shirt. <br>:)
Good idea. <br> I'm just wondering did you have any troubles entering in this contest, It told me that it wasn't open for entries yet? Thanks for any response- Zaphod
Nice idea! I'm a habitual collector of tins like these, <br>but I've never thought of painting them to look nicer <br>(or to use them year-round)
Really nice work!
These are a huge improvement! <br> <br>They could also be used as all-occasion gift boxes/tins!
Those are very cute and you are so very organized! Bravo :D
Those came out awesome! Well done. Now to find some tins... ;)
You're right on, cheerful, but not neon! Well done:) I was just thinking last night that my office/craft area needs better storage containers, you've inspired me to look at objects differently.
These are so awesome!!!
These came out super cute!
Jessy this is so pretty! <br>Sunshiine

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