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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.
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • 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

Step 2: Wash them tins

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Chances are they will still have little bits of crackers, cookies and popcorn left in them. Mine certainly did!

I just washed mine in the tub using a little dish soap and let them air dry outside. :)
pretty cool idea
HollyMann1 year ago
Genius - I love them all - great idea. :)
nemalim2 years ago
What a great idea! I kind of regret leaving behind one of these cookie boxes, un aware of its hidden potential...
dimtick2 years ago
Nice project!
very simple.

a couple tricks:
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.

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.
i talk about it in one of my instructables.
Vika842 years ago
Looks absolutely lovely and useful!
PeckLauros2 years ago
Very cool! It reminded me of Charlie Brown's shirt.
Good idea.
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,
but I've never thought of painting them to look nicer
(or to use them year-round)
SinAmos2 years ago
Really nice work!
bajablue2 years ago
These are a huge improvement!

They could also be used as all-occasion gift boxes/tins!
Those are very cute and you are so very organized! Bravo :D
canucksgirl2 years ago
Those came out awesome! Well done. Now to find some tins... ;)
Few Bits2 years ago
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.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
These are so awesome!!!
angelabchua2 years ago
These came out super cute!
sunshiine2 years ago
Jessy this is so pretty!