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. Time to set my mind to ideas for how to recycle sweet tins !!

The empty sweet tins 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.

transform-a-sweet-tin-into-a-beautiful-diy-gift-box-click-through-to-full-tutorial-on-the-blog. Recycle sweet tins

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:)

Just how awesome is it that the recycled gift packaging is a present in itself.  There are so many possibilities for customising the recycled sweet tins to suit yourself or for friend. If you don’t have any fabric available you could always use ripped up gift paper, comics, maps. Let your imagination run riot!!





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

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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