13 Ways to Upcycle Vintage Cookie and Tea Tins

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In most thrift stores, there’s a section for old-fashioned metal tins designed to hold cookies or tea. They’re often unique, cheap and tempting to buy, but what can you do with them afterwards? Besides storing cookies, etc., the best way to reuse an old tin is to create something entirely new with it, like one of these 13 everyday objects.

1. Pendant lights

Biscotti tin plug in pendant lights

4FLighting

via 4f Lighting

2. Birdhouses, big or small

Animal Cracker Birdhouse, Tin Can Birdhouse

Milepost7

metal tin birdhouse

GadgetSponge

via Milepost 7 and Gadget Sponge

3. Clocks

Upcycled Tea Tin Desk Clock

ReigrucheWerkstatt

 Chinese Black Tea Tin Desk Clock

ReigrucheWerkstatt

via Reigrüche Werkstatt

4. Cuffs or bracelets

upcycled metal tin cuff bracelet

ChristinesCabinet

vintage tin and brass bracelet

littleblackrabbit

via Christine’s Cabinet and Little Black Rabbit

5. Necklaces

upcycled metal tin love necklace

fatcatjewelrystudio

via Fat Cat Studio

6. Quirky jewelry boxes – like this robot

upcycled cookie tin jewelry box robot

reclaim2fame

via Reclaim 2 Fame

7. Scoop for bird seed or pet food

 Tin Can Art Necco Wafer recycled pet food bird seed scoop

foundobjectart

via Found Object Art

8. Bird feeders

Floral Cookie Tin Bird Feeder Repurposed Upcycled

RevivalMercantile

via Revival Mercantile

9. Tiered desk organizer, fruit bowls, or high tea trays

3-Tier Desk Organizer Caddy from Vintage Metal Tin Canisters

seelamade

tiered cookie tins

cantstopmakingthings.com

via Seelamade and Can’t Stop Making Things

10. Homemade candles

upcycled tea tin candles

radmegan

via radmegan

11. Refrigerator magnets to hold pencils, etc.

upcycled tea tin container refrigerator magnet

aprettycoollife.com

upcycled tea tin fridge container magnets

marthastewart.com

via A Pretty Cool Life and Martha Stewart

12. Painted to make holiday containers, holding gifts

painted cookie tins

Cynthia Shaffer

via Cynthia Shaffer

13. Perfect little vases

vintage tea tin vase

weddingchicks.com

vintage tea tin vase

dkshopgirl

via Wedding Chicks and dkshopgirl

 

4 Responses

  1. Leslie

    May 18, 2013 5:11 pm

    What a great collection! Now I know what to do with those tins I’ve collected that are too small to make lamps out of. Thanks for sharing my pendants (and if anyone is interested, I also have table lamps made from tins).

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