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Give a gift tin a makeover

A little spray paint and an ornament transform an outdated Christmas tin.
A little spray paint and an ornament transform an outdated Christmas tin. Tribune

While thrifting last year, I bought a bag of used holiday tins for a whopping $2. Painted with basic holiday themes and stamped with the products that once filled them – giant, smiling M&M candies or popcorn mogul Orville Redenbacher’s face – they weren’t exactly reusable for home-baked goods or other gifts. But they were perfectly nice tin boxes and it would be foolish for them to have seen only one use. It was time for a crafting makeover.

Time, a little spray paint and a holiday ornament changed an outdated tin into a classy, reusable gift box. This makeover is fairly simple to do, and the boxes can be used for far more than just edibles. NOTE: I recommend avoiding painting inside the box. If adding food items, line the box with parchment paper and wrap the food.

What you’ll need

▪ Gift tin, lid removed

▪ Spray paint

▪ Ornament

▪ Twine or ribbon

▪ Newspaper

In a clean, well-ventilated area, lay down newspaper and place the tin and its lid side-by-side. Using a well-shaken spray can, paint the tins in light strokes until completely covered. Let dry. Touch up as needed. Decorate with ornament and twine/ribbon. Line with tissue paper and use the tin as a gift box.

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