How to Transform Holiday Tinscomments (27) December 27th, 2011
Tins are always great for storage. You can decoupage them with colorful paper to match your craft room or even with pictures of whatever you plan to store inside. Or, if you really like to plan ahead, you can decorate them for (gasp!) Valentine's Day treats!
What you'll need:
- Assorted tins
- Painter's tape (see note below)
- Fine-point Sharpie
- Lightweight wrapping paper
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Paper cutter (optional)
- Sponge brush
- X-Acto knife
- Clear acrylic sealer (optional)
- Embellishments, such as bias tape, trim, ribbon, or buttons
- Craft glue
A note about paper: You really need thin, lightweight papers for successful decoupage, especially when you're decoupaging to a curved surface, like a round tin. I'm using various wrapping papers here, which work nicely. If you want to use heavier-weight papers, I'd recommend scanning them and printing onto lighter-weight paper first.
|More découpage projects:
• How to Découpage a Tray
• How to Transform Holiday Tins
• Découpage a Colorful Pendant and Earrings Set!
To begin, thoroughly wash and dry your tin. Then, you'll need to mask the top edge, as shown. Why? Because a tin is designed so that the base and lid fit together very snugly—this helps keep the tin airtight for storing cookies and such. Unfortunately, if you decoupage the tin where these two pieces fit together, you won't be able to get the lid back on. So you have to leave a strip of the old tin showing. Sorry. You won't be able to see it except when the lid is off.
I'm using blue painter's tape to mask off the edge here. It has a low stickiness, so it'll mask off the tin without damaging the surface. I love painter's tape for all kinds of crafting uses—it's a bit more expensive than masking tape, but masking tape can stick too firmly and create damage when you pull it back up.
That green tin above has a small ridge where the lid fits, so masking is easy. If your tin doesn't have this kind of ridge, just place the lid onto it and trace around the bottom edge of the lid with a fine-point Sharpie.
Now you have a line to follow with that masking. (By the way, it's much easier to mask with several shorter pieces of tape than one long one.)
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