Recycle sweet tins into gift boxes

Recycle sweet tins into gift boxes

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Dare I confess we have become quite attached to the boxes of sweets available at this time of year. Our excuse is that surely three mini bars of chocolate from a sweet tin is far less than a full normal size bar of chocolate..  but then we have a largish plastic box left.

I think they make great containers for Christmas gifts. Recycle sweet tins to hold all sorts of gifts, for instance home made body products, selection of homemade chutneys, cheese and biscuits, a car selection of goodies (screen wiper, torch, gloves, spare light bulbs etc).


You can easily decorate them, this in itself could be part of the present. Who would not want a lovely round storage tin beautifully decorated? I can visualize a tin in pale blue with decoupages maps on the lid for a travel theme.

I have decorated this tin with chalk paint, applying a layer of plastic primer first from Novasol Spray UK. Spraying chalk paint is great as you can easily build up thin layers – be patient otherwise you may apply too much in one go causing runs (speaks experience!)


To make your own, apply a primer. Once dry apply a couple of coats of chalk paint.


I was somewhat keen when spraying the inside of the lid. I used crumpled fabric to mop the excess off but fell in love with the crackled effect caused by doing this.


Once you chalk paint is fully dry you are ready to decoupage your lid, or sides.

Cut up fabric or paper into approx 1″ size pieces. Using watered down PVA glue adhere to the lid,  carefully applying piece by piece.


Allow to fry and double check all edges are glued down. One finished recycled sweet tin.


This one is for my sister – in -law. I have knitted her a cowl and gloves.

I love this project, what a difference a primer makes:)



The products have been provided free for this project, all opinions are my own.

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Written by Vicky


  • Who would ever know what your pretty container looked like initially, Vicky. A lovely way to present a gift. I have never used chalk paint. You have prompted me to check it out.
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  • What a pretty tin and such a good way to re-use one as well. I’ve never heard of spray on chalk paint, will have to keep an eye out for it.

  • Julie says:

    When I first saw the finished tub I just assumed it had started as a plain tin, I had no idea it was one of those super common plastic container – the kind we have a cupboard full of (I can’t throw them out as they look so useful but I really don’t need more than a couple)
    It looks completely transformed. A stack in a kids room for lego or other toys with little bits would look great.
    Thanks for the Primer tip too, I would not have know it was needed, but it makes sense.
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  • Caroline says:

    Beautiful and would look good filled with cookies as a gift

  • What an awesome idea! I have so many of these tins left each Christmas and I use them all year as cake tins but they look so unattractive and uncoordinated. I love the idea of decorating them and they make the prettiest gift boxes adding value to any present.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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  • Helena says:

    What a beautiful upcycle. My grandma once gave me a hat box full of things for Christmas. #Trash2Treasure

  • Ah! This has solved something I’ve been puzzling about. We have a lot of similar containers. I use them for storing and sorting, but I’d love to use them to give gifts in. Now I know about the primer, I shall know what to do next time. Might not worry about the inside, as there is no writing to hide in there. #Trash2Treasure
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  • Julie Swan says:

    Lovely, I will be doing this for presents next year. Thank You

  • Darcy says:

    I love this but I can’t figure out how people find lovely decorated paper for use in decoupage.

  • Jenny says:

    Darcy, my friend does a lot of decoupage and always asks me to look out for really pretty gift wrapping paper and she also saves the pretty paper that flowers are sometimes wrapped in. I will certainly be having a go at this idea for myself. The idea of making such an ugly tin into something so pretty is amazing.

  • Amy Liddle says:

    What an amazing idea absolutely love it and such a great part of a mothers day gift. I have never heard of the sprays before so am looking into them. Can i ask did you use a clear or white primer on this x

  • Wow! I love this idea so much. Thanks for sharing xx

  • Esther says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. I would love to make it to put a gift in for my nans 100th birthday . Can I ask did you fold the fabric over the edge of the lid or neatly cut it off of the outside? Thanks

    • Vicky says:

      What a lovely idea for your Nan:) I cut it off along the edge, so that it didn’t interfere with the connection between lid and tin.

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