Turn an old tin into a gorgeous decor accessory

Turn a plain biscuit tin into a wonderful decor accessory or sewing kit using a few bits from your sewing box. This simple project shows how easily you can transform everyday items that would normally be thrown away into something useful.



You could even use this method on a plastic margarine tub or other food containers that you have accumulated and don't want to throw out.


Old tin
5 minute epoxy glue
Accessories for adding to the top and sides of your tin
180-grit sandpaper
Rust-Oleum 2x satin heirloom white
Silver or pewter metallic craft paint
Soft cloths or rags

You will find the full range of Rust-Oleum products at your local Builders Warehouse.






Start off by sanding the tin with 180-grit sandpaper. You don't need to sand too much, just a light sanding to clean and de-gloss the tin to prepare for painting. Use 5-minute epoxy glue to secure accessories to the top of the lid.

Put the lid on some newspaper before you spray with 3 coats of Rust-Oleum 2X satin heirloom white. Remember to let each coat dry before applying the next coat. Spray from different directions so that you entirely cover all the bits and pieces on top.

Make sure the paint is completely dry and then use a paintbrush to apply metallic silver or pewter craft paint to the details on the lid. Get the brush deeply into all the crevices and work on one small area at a time, so that the craft paint doesn't dry..

Use a rag or soft cloth to wipe away the excess craft paint as you work and before it dries. You can apply another layer of craft paint if you want to increase the aged effect.

Glue lacy trim to the side of the tin using epoxy glue. Try to completely cover the back of the lace, section by section, so that it is glued all the way around.

Spray with 3 coats of Rust-Oleum satin heirloom white and let dry. Again, use a paintbrush to apply the metallic paint into all the detail on the lace, working on a small piece at a time.

Wipe with a soft cloth to remove the excess paint and create a wonderful aged effect.