DIY Easy Upcycled Christmas Cannisters





I have a little thing for tins! Whenever I see a cute tin, I grab it up for craft storage, and I literally have dozens. I thought it would be fun to make a few christmas cannisters to use for storage and gift wrapping this year. I had some cute vintage gift wrap laying around, and the tins I picked up at the thrift store. This is a great weeknight craft, since it is so fast and easy to whip up!

Here’s What You Need:

*Old Tins

*Wrapping Paper or Scrapbook Paper

*Chalk Paint or Spray Paint

*Decoupage Medium or Double Stick Tape

*Paint Brush

*Cabinet Knobs

*Drill and Drill Bit the same size as the bolt on the knob


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05-DSC_0092First you need to paint your tins. You can spray paint them, or you can use spray paint or paint them with chalk paint. Cut your wrapping paper to be just a little smaller than the height of the can by the width of the circumference of the tin. So, if your tin is 4″ tall, you want your paper to be 3.75″ tall. Paint a layer of decoupage medium onto your tin. Also paint a layer onto the backside of your wrapping paper. Smooth the wrapping paper onto the tin. Smooth out air bubbles. My wrapping paper was really thin and it wrinkled badly when it dried on the tin. I am not sure how to remedy that issue. Maybe thicker paper? Anyone have advice on getting out the wrinkles? I think next time I will just tape on the wrapping paper with some double stick tape. To make the top, take the top of your tin and mark the center. Drill a hole in the top of the lid with your drill and drill bit the same size of the knob bolt. Insert the knob through the hole and screw on the nut on the underside of the tin and tighten down.




These little cannisters only cost me a couple of dollars each to make since they were upcycled. You can find old tins at the thrift store for .50 cents or less usually. I used wrapping paper, but you could use regular scrapbook paper or even just leave the tins plain and painted in your favorite christmas colors. They are fantastic for storage all around the house, like holding craft items or toiletries. You can use them as gift wrap as well. One would make a sweet hostess gift with some yummy home made treat inside! I love how easy they are to make too! I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas project.Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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14 Responses

  1. These are amazing! They remind me of how my grandmother and great-aunt used to repurpose tins for gift giving or storage. My great-aunt always covered peanut tins with Christmas paper and gave Chex mix in them.

  2. ScrappyMama

    Another Super Cute project!! Sorry I don’t have any tips to share about removing the bubbles out, but, I can tell you that they are hardly noticeable at all unless you look for them…& I bet most people would think that they were due to the age of the tin, etc!! I don’t have any vintage wrapping paper but I have TONS of vintage looking scrapbook papers so I’m adding this to my ever-growing list of projects to try : D

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  4. These are great! I love the retro look.

  5. These look so great!!! What a great idea! I have that same plastic deer too!

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  7. Wrinkles: What if you laminated your Christmas paper first and then glued it. Or maybe spray adhesive? That stuff is nasty, but it rarely wrinkles paper.

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  9. I’ve done this with material and “painted” the material with elmers glue, then wrapped it around the canister, then smoothed it out with a stiff brush. They turned out really cute.