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You can’t have a blog called Tiny Vintage Kitchen and not have a spice tin obsession! Spice tins are on the “things they just don’t make em’ like they use to anymore” list, so I am always on the hunt for the vintage beauties.
Vintage spice tins aren’t just for basic kitchen decor, they make super cute Christmas decor, too. Lately I have been putting my scrap stash to use (ya know, all those cute bits and pieces you can’t stand to throw away) in a creative way.
These upcycled Christmas spice tins were the end result, and I have to say I am thrilled with how they turned out.
These upcycled Christmas spice tins are easy to make (or trust me, I would not have bothered) and can be created for just a few bucks each.
If you love upcycled crafts, or just vintage Christmas decor, this is the perfect project for you. Here is how to get started.
– metal spice tins
– crafting florist foam
– hot glue, glue gun
– fine crafting glitter
– spray adhesive
– crafting scraps such as small ornaments, bells, greenery, tinsel, candy canes, bottle brush trees
A note about supplies: You can find old tins at most thrift or antique stores for less than a few bucks each. I tend to buy them at garage sales during the summer months, but I can easily find them at antique shops for anywhere from $1-$3 each.
As you can see, I have a whole lotta crafting scraps. These little odds and ends are just what you need for these upcycled Christmas spice tins. I find these scraps at a variety of places: garage sales, thrift stores, eBay, and even in your own Christmas decor are great places to look.
As far as the bottle brush trees, those are vintage inspired, but new. You can find these at most craft stores in a variety of colors and sizes. I grab these whenever I find them on sale because they can be used in so many ways.
As a filler, I use florist foam. I found a large brick of it at my local dollar store. This soft foam is perfect for filling the inside of each tin. It also holds any vintage findings such as floral picks in place.
1. Start by cutting the florist foam to fit the inside of your container. It doesn’t have to fit perfectly, just so it fills a majority of the container.
2. Start gluing larger craft scraps to the back of the container. I like to add my bottle brush trees, figurines, and candy canes towards the back since they offer height. Just add a generous amount of glue under the item, and press into place.
3. Add some front fillers. This can include greenery, small ornaments, pine cones, and small figurines.
4. Now add the fluff. This means filling in the small, bare spaces around the large items. For this I use small tufts of tinsel and holly leaves. Just glue into place.
5. Finish off the arrangement with a mist of spray adhesive. I found a small bottle of it at my local dollar store. Just hold 12 inches away and mist lightly. Sprinkle some fine crafting glitter while still damp.
Ahhh it looks so sugary and gorgeous! I just love it. Allow the glue and glitter to dry well before touching or displaying. Once everything is dry in place, you can display your collection of Upcycled Christmas Spice Tins.
Here are a few examples of the ones I have made.
But wouldn’t ya know, I couldn’t stop with just tins. I picked up some vintage Christmas mugs too to see how they would look using this same method.
Mugs such as these can be found at most thrift and second hand stores as well. I found these mugs for just a quarter each! Eek!
Remind yourself that there are no rules when it comes to crafting these assemblage pieces. Use what you like arrange it how you want, then glitter it well!
These look so cute when arranged together on a shelf or you can even add some ribbon for hanging. They would make some cute ornaments! Tie them on to gifts as gift tags, or give them as gifts yourself.
Give these a try, won’t you? They are a cute way to get into the Christmas spirit while giving some sweet little items a second life!
Before you go, be sure to check out some of the other holiday crafts we have been working on!
– Vintage Wood Slice Christmas Ornament