Upcycle Dollar Store Tins Into Trendy Gift Containers

Get multiple uses from budget tin boxes with this easy decorating hack.

Upcycled Tin Boxes With Dot Paper, Gold Accents, Yard Handles

Dollar Store Tin Upcycle

Turn holiday gift card holders into fun containers for any occasion with Cassidy Garcia's easy step-by-step guide. To make, you will need a dollar store tin mailbox and lunchbox, chalk paint, cardstock, ribbons, ball fringe trim, decoupage glue, decorative adhesive paper, glitter, a low-temp hot glue gun, ruler, scissors, paper trimmer and a wood bead knob.

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Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

It’s that time of year: gifting season. Round up a few of those holiday tin boxes you’ve been collecting and give them a trendy makeover. See how HGTV.com stylist Cassidy Garcia turns dollar store Christmas tins into festive, fun containers perfect for any occasion.

Holiday Lunchbox and Mailbox on Work Table

Dollar Store Tin Upcycle: Christmas Gift Tins

Start with two holiday gift containers, a lunchbox and mailbox.

From: HGTV Handmade

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials + Tools

  • tin lunchbox
  • tin mailbox
  • decoupage glue
  • chalk paint
  • card stock
  • assorted ribbons, yarn
  • wood ball knob
  • glitter
  • adhesive glitter sticker
  • scissors
  • low-temp hot glue gun
  • pencil

Tin Mailbox Makeover

Upcycled Tin Box With Polka Dot Paper, Gold Accents, Wood Handle

Dollar Store Tin Upcycle

Turn holiday gift card holders into fun containers for any occasion with Cassidy Garcia's easy step-by-step guide. To make, you will need a dollar store tin mailbox and lunchbox, chalk paint, cardstock, ribbons, ball fringe trim, decoupage glue, decorative adhesive paper, glitter, a low-temp hot glue gun, ruler, scissors, paper trimmer and a wood bead knob.

From: HGTV Handmade

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Paint + Decorate

Paint the tin mailbox with a coat of white chalk paint (Image 1). Let dry according to the instructions on the paint. Create a cutting template by placing a sheet of decorative card stock onto the mailbox and tracing the shape with a pencil. Then use scissors to cut out the shapes. Tip: Use a ruler or paper trimmer for extra accuracy (Image 2). Next, add a coat of decoupage glue to the mailbox and affix the trimmed, decorative card stock to the tin (Image 3). Once in place, add another coat of decoupage glue over the decorative card stock to seal. Repeat the steps above until the tin is fully covered and sealed. Let dry for several hours or overnight.

Glitter Flag + Gift Tag

Lay the mailbox on its side with the flag side facing up. Add a coat of decoupage glue to the flag. Then hold a spare piece of paper beneath the flag while sprinkling on a generous amount of glitter (Image 1). Tip: Sprinkle the excess glitter back onto the flag to ensure good coverage. Next, use a low-temp hot glue gun to adhere a wood ball knob to the top of the mailbox (Image 2). Next, tie together a few pieces of leftover ribbon, yarn or ball fringe trim to make a personal gift tag (Image 3) and loop around the wooden ball. Place a cute gift inside and surprise a friend (Image 4).

Tin Lunchbox Makeover

Upcycled Tin Box With Sparkly Letter "B" and Gold Accents, Yarn Handle

Dollar Store Tin Upcycle

Turn holiday gift card holders into fun containers for any occasion with Cassidy Garcia's easy step-by-step guide. To make, you will need a dollar store tin mailbox and lunchbox, chalk paint, cardstock, ribbons, ball fringe trim, decoupage glue, decorative adhesive paper, glitter, a low-temp hot glue gun, ruler, scissors, paper trimmer and a wood bead knob.

From: HGTV Handmade

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Paint + Decorate

Remove the handle from the lunchbox. Paint the tin with a coat of white chalk paint. Let dry according to the instructions on the paint (Image 1). Create a cutting template by placing a sheet of decorative card stock onto the lunchbox and tracing the shape with a pencil. Then use scissors to cut out the shapes. Tip: Use a ruler or paper trimmer for extra accuracy (Image 2). Add a coat of decoupage glue to the lunchbox and affix the trimmed, decorative card stock to the inside (Image 3) and outside of the tin (Image 4). Once in place, add another coat of decoupage glue over the card stock to seal. Continue until the tin is fully covered and sealed. Let dry for several hours. Then, add an adhesive glitter sticker to the lunchbox to give it personalized flair.

Make Ribbon Handle

Carefully press the sharp end of the scissors through the holes from the previous handle, piercing the decorative paper (Image 1). Combine leftover ribbon and yarn to make a new handle. Push the ends of each through the two holes in the tin and use scissors to trim the inside excess. Then use a low-temp hot glue gun to affix the ends to the inside of the lunchbox (Image 2). Fill with a thoughtful gift and send some glittery cheer (Image 3).

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