Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ugly Christmas Tin Redo

Every year I receive a few Christmas tins from friends and family filled with baked goodies. And every year I end up saving those Christmas tins, certain that I will find a use for them...but they are just so ugly. So this year I decided to actually do something about it.  Here's my ugly Christmas tin redo.

First, I cleaned the tin. Then I used some Zissner Oil Based Primer I had from another project I was working on--I didn't want scratches. Then I painted over with some old white glossy paint I had from a furniture project. I taped the edges but wasn't very careful so I still had to scrape some of the paint from the lip of the tin.  

Once dry, I grabbed some of my old scrapbooking paper. My mom is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so I have lots and lots of nice stuff to choose from. I wanted this to be a re-gift box for the Christmas season so I chose some old Christmas designer series paper. For the borders, I used a 1" punch and cut a small strip for around for the lid.  At first I thought snail adhesive would cut it. I can't tell you how many things I've needed to redo because I foolishly used snail adhesive on glossy paint.  Save some time and just use your heavy-duty adhesive. 

Because I planned on giving this to a grandparent, I used an image of Lizzie and scrapbooked the majority of the top. I used some stickers from an old Simply Scrappin' kit to give it some pizazz.

I'm very happy with how it worked out...this might be an easy project for a birthday theme or another holiday.  I'm not sure how I would feel about putting unwrapped food in here, but as I didn't paint the inside I'm sure it would be okay. The best part is that I had all the materials all ready. Nothing beats free!  Plus, now I know what to do with those ugly Christmas tins next year!

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