Popcorn Tins Reborn

Hey wait this isn't a rockin' accessory project? Ok I admit am a little behind on that project, but its the holidays so you know how that goes! In the meantime I have a fun and useful recycling decoupage project to share with you. Do you receive tins of popcorn for gifts during the holidays? If so turn the leftover tins into leopard (or any print for that matter) storage containers using Mod Podge and decorative paper hand towels. As an option you can use chalkboard paint on the lids for labeling. I was motivated to make these after I saw  similar ones in a catalog for over $35+. If you have made the Vera Bradley inspired pumpkins, or Battery Operated Candles you may already have the napkins on hand. If not they are easy to find at upscale home decorating stores or at www.casparionline.com 

For This Project You Will Need:

Smooth Finish Tins (make sure they don't have a raised design). The larger one was from Walmart.

Decorative Paper Guest Towels: The leopard print napkins are by Caspari www.casparionline.com they have many great napkins. Use any print you love! You can also find them at high end home decorating stores. You only need 2-3 napkins per tin so you will have plenty leftover for your spare bathroom.

Mod Podge

White Spray Paint

Chalk Paint (optional) or Spray Paint to Paint your Lid if it is not a color you like


Foam Brush or Paint Brush

Spray paint your tin white so no pattern shows through the decoupage. Optional: apply painters tape to the upper rim the lid goes onto so that stays metal.

Spray paint your lid with chalk board paint (optional). Or spray paint your lid any color you like. Many lids are already black and may not need painting.
Cover the inside of your tin so no spray paint gets on the inside

Trim the perforated border off of your paper napkin. You will be left with a rectangle. 

Remove the inner white tissue lining.

Prepare a portion of your tin with a layer of Mod Podge.

Decide which direction you'd like your print to go. If you go vertically on the large you will need 3 napkins. Horizontally on the medium tin uses 2 napikns. If you want a set of canisters make sure you put the print in the same direction on each tin.

Do Not Mod Podge The Top Ring around the Tin where the lid goes onto. I did this by accident and it will make the lid fit too snugly. 

Line up the tissue to just over the edge where the lid line is. You want the lid to cover the paper, but  again you do not want to put the paper to the very top of the tin or the lid will be very snug. Also line up to where the seam of the tin is as a starting point.

Wrinkles are an issue we all struggle with doing Mod Podge. I like to pull the tissue in one direction slightly, and then the other direction. I find it is better to let the Mod Podge dry a little before smoothing out remaining wrinkles with the base of your palm. If you do it when it is very wet the tissue will rip. While it will never be perfectly smooth (nature of decoupage) I find it is less noticeable in a busy print like leopard, and definitely less after finishing with sealer.

Here are some articles on wrinkles:

When you need to join a seam try cutting your next tissue to match the pattern repeat. Try to have little, or no overlap, butting the two tissues together. 

Apply a layer of  Mod Podge over the seam.

Trim the excess off of the bottom of the tin when the paper is dry. 

Apply a little Mod Podge around the bottom rim and push any excess edge under.

When dry apply a layer or two of Mod Podge to the tin base,  or spray with a clear acrylic sealer (not the lid). Do not spray the upper rim where the lid goes 
(I did first time by accident). If you get some paper or spray on the upper lid rim and it dries use coarse sandpaper to remove.


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  1. I've been using napkins for years instead of expensive designer/boutique wrapping paper in lots of projects from frames, mats, backgrounds in collages etc... If you haven't looked at napkin designs recently, you may be happily surprised. Thanks for the tutorial and decorative napkin reminder. Like the chalkboard lids! And by the way, who doesn't have those ugly popcorn tins with the big teddy bears on them?

  2. Thanks so much, and BTW You're blog is fab! I love the unique and interesting projects you find!

  3. LOVE these tins!! thanks for the tutorial. My daughter loves anything zebra print, so I'll have to get on it and make her one of these. She gets tips at her work, so I thought maybe a place to save them! TFS. Craftytwilightmom.blogspot.com

  4. Great idea! I am so quick to throw containers away if I don't have an immediate vision...thanks for the inspiration!

  5. AWESOME!! I love this so much! I have some giant jars I may have to try this with, though I fully admit to my decoupage skills not being nearly as neat and pretty as yours are! if I make them I will link back to you! :)

  6. Wow, some people are SO brilliant. I'll remember this & give it a try soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Warmly, Michelle

  7. Cute!!! Loving the fabric... stop by my blog please! :)


  8. Oh wow! Love these so much, just hope I can find napkins in the same style in the UK!

  9. I LOVE this! It doesn't hurt that it's leopard either (my favorite print). Can I share this on my blog with your link on it? I am your newest follower!

  10. Of course feel free to use any of my projects and link back. Thanks for asking, I am happy you would want to share it!!

  11. Lisa, these are great!! I really love the chalkboard paint addition. Genius!

  12. Very neat idea!! I posted a link to this on my blog...thru my pinterest board.
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

  13. Anonymous12/30/2011

    This project rocks! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this today on You Sew Rock Me Fridays. Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://wp.me/s1VAkT-1183

  14. I just saw this on Pinterest! You are famous!! :)

  15. I am hooked!!! Loving this site!!!

  16. I featured this today on D2f1


    I'd love for my readers to see some of your other stuff! Today's D2F party is live, so come on over if you have a chance and link up something else ya got (old or new)

    Thanks for linking last week. I love all of the ideas here @ Crafting Rebellion!

  17. Great! One more thing I can't throw away...my husband is gonna freak out. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea. I'm following, stop by soon, Lori

  18. Gosh, now I'm going to want to buy all those tins at the Goodwill! Super cute idea. That would be perfect for storage!

    @ Creatively Living

  19. Great way to recycle what you have on hand!

  20. This tin box will make a great gift for Valentine's day.

  21. Love it! I have one question though. Are they washable? I'm thinking I would like to make some to put snack foods in, but would I be able to wash them out? Thanks - Kristi

  22. Well they are tins so you can really only wipe them down, not wash them well. I think bagged things inside are best :)

  23. You could also "paint" a layer of Mod Podge on the inside of the tin to make it more water proof. Just make sure you don't paint along the top rim where the lid goes or the lid will be too tight :)

  24. I love this :) Animal print looks nice :)

  25. This is a pretty good idea! You could probably also use some nice scrap booking paper for this as well . You can often find them on sale for pretty cheap :)



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