Don’t Cost A Dime: Christmas Tins

Based on the title of this post, you may be wondering why I’m posting about more Christmas items. I mean, isn’t Christmas over?! Yes, it is :) But today I’m going to show you what you can do with leftover Christmas tins.

Do you have a million of these Christmas tins lying around your house after the holidays?

christmas boxes before

I know I do! I usually use them for storing Christmas decor in but this year I found myself with too many and I was going to just get rid of some until I saw this picture in the latest Pottery Barn catalog:

pottery barn boxes

I started thinking that the shape of them looked an awful lot like the tins I already had and all they would require is a bit of spray paint to finish them up. I’m sure you are tired of me talking about the wonders of spray paint but I’m not done using it so you will have to suffer through it once again! Here’s the finished product for round one:

christmas boxes pencil

Rather than painting them black and then painting the numbers in white, I decided to paint them with chalkboard paint so I could change my message whenever I want. Brilliant, I know :) You could also use it with a lid and cut a hole in the top for change just the like Pottery Barn tins.

christmas boxes pencil 2

For the other two, I chose to paint them with the same red spray paint that I used for my chandelier. That way I could display them in my dining room for another added pop of red.

christmas boxes red

Nice and glossy, just the way I like them! If you want to spray paint something with a lid, make sure you have the lid securely on while you paint them. Then, once the paint is dry, score the paint along the edge of the lid and then you should be able to take the lid off and on without the paint chipping. Also, make sure the paint is completely cured before you stack them.

If you don’t have any of these tins lying around I’m sure you can find some at thrift stores. I know I see them all the time! Enjoy and have a great weekend!