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

 

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