12 Ways to Upcycle Vintage Cookie and Tea Tins

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In most thrift stores, there’s a section for old-fashioned metal tins designed to hold cookies or tea. They’re often unique, cheap and tempting to buy, but what can you do with them afterwards?

Besides storing cookies, etc., the best way to reuse an old tin is to create something entirely new with it, like one of these 12 everyday objects.

How to Upcycle Vintage Cookie and Tea Tins

1. Birdhouses, Big or Small

via Milepost 7 and Gadget Sponge

Animal Cracker Birdhouse, Tin Can Birdhouse
metal tin birdhouse

2. Clocks

via Reigrüche Werkstatt

Upcycled Tea Tin Desk Clock
 Chinese Black Tea Tin Desk Clock

3. Cuffs or Bracelets

via Christine’s Cabinet and Little Black Rabbit

upcycled metal tin cuff bracelet
vintage tin and brass bracelet

4. Necklaces

via Fat Cat Studio

upcycled metal tin love necklace

5. Quirky Jewelry Boxes, Like This Robot

via Reclaim 2 Fame

upcycled cookie tin jewelry box robot

6. Scoop for Bird Seed or Pet Food

via Found Object Art

 Tin Can Art Necco Wafer recycled pet food bird seed scoop

7. Bird Feeders

via Revival Mercantile

Floral Cookie Tin Bird Feeder Repurposed Upcycled

8. Tiered Desk Organizer, Fruit Bowls, or High Tea Trays

via Seelamade and Can’t Stop Making Things

3-Tier Desk Organizer Caddy from Vintage Metal Tin Canisters
tiered cookie tins

9. Homemade Candles

via radmegan

upcycled tea tin candles

10. Refrigerator Magnets to Hold Pencils, Etc.

via A Pretty Cool Life and Martha Stewart

upcycled tea tin container refrigerator magnet
upcycled tea tin fridge container magnets

11. Painted to Make Holiday Containers, Holding Gifts

via Cynthia Shaffer

painted cookie tins
Cynthia Shaffer

12. Perfect Little Vases

via Wedding Chicks and dkshopgirl

vintage tea tin vase
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