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Craft ideas on decorating a tin box

Updated April 17, 2017

Many different kinds of plain containers can be purchased at craft stores. All of which can be used in a number of different ways, including tin boxes. Decorate plain tin lunch boxes for your kids to take their lunch to school in. Dress up plain tin boxes to gift an assortment of homemade cards in. Add pizazz to a plain tin box and use it to store special keepsakes.

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Scrapbook Materials

Use items found in the paper crafting section of the craft store to dress up a plain tin box. Lightly sand the outside of the tin box. Cut a strip of paper that fits around the tin box. Spread a layer of découpage medium around the box. Wrap the paper around the box and paint another layer of découpage over it. Add a few drops of paint to the découpage medium before adding the second coat to tint the paper, such as some brown to make the project look antique. Repeat the process with the box's lid. Add scrapbook embellishments such as paper flowers, ribbon and chipboard letters with foam dots to finish decorating the box.


Use your artistic skills to dress up that boring tin box with a little paint. Sand the tin box to give the paint something to grip. Spray paint the tin box if there is a single colour you want for the entire background of the box. Otherwise, just paint the box with acrylic paints and a paintbrush like you would any other painting project. Let the paint dry. Paint a layer of sealer over the top of the entire surface of the box to prevent scratches to the box's surface. Sprinkle fine glitter into the sealer while it is still wet to give the box a shimmering surface.


Use self-adhesive vinyl to personalise your tin box. Use masking tape to tape down a piece of vinyl to a cutting mat. Cut shapes and letters from the vinyl with a craft knife. You can print out a template to tape over the top of the vinyl to use as a guide or freehand the shapes and letter. Cut simple designs such as polka dots or stripes or a more intricate design like an underwater scene. Peel and stick the vinyl cutout to the tin box. You can also use multiple colours of vinyl to give the design dimension.

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About the Author

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.

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