DIY – Upcycled tins with lids!

Make DIY upcycled tins with lids using MDF. You will never guess where those knobs on top are made of! Make DIY upcycled tins with lids using MDF. You will never guess where those knobs on top are made of!

You have no idea how happy I am with the way this project turned out. I can’t wait to make more! It started all with the wish of having a lid for my recycled tins. I mean: that’s how they become more than just another recycling project, don’t they? The lids are also very handy when you want to use the tins for storage. So I thought about ways to make such a lid and I came up with the perfect solution for the base: MDF. But you will never guess where those knobs on top are made of!

What you need for upcycled tins with lids

  • empty tins (from for example beans or tomatoes)
  • pretty scrapbook paper or gift wrapping paper
  • Mod Podge
  • wood glue
  • fret saw
  • scrap pieces of tin MDF
  • wooden spools
  • white paint
  • sponge brush (I just used a cut off piece of a household sponge)
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • wood filler

How to make upcycled tins with lids

Make DIY upcycled tins with lids using MDF. You will never guess where those knobs on top are made of!

1. Draw a line around your tin on the MDF for the lid. The lid will exist out of two pieces of MDF, so do this two times. The second time you should draw another circle within the one you just made that’s about 2 millimeter smaller in diameter. This piece should fit inside the tin. Check this before you move on to the next step! Now cut the two pieces with your fret saw.

Make DIY upcycled tins with lids using MDF. You will never guess where those knobs on top are made of!

2. Glue the pieces of MDF together with your wood glue. The smaller circle should be centered inside the bigger one.

Make DIY upcycled tins with lids using MDF. You will never guess where those knobs on top are made of!

3. No comes the secret of the knobs on top: wooden spools! Just saw them in two pieces (depending on the size of your spools you may need to cut some extra from the middle of your spool) and glue it on top of the biggest of the two circles.

Make DIY upcycled tins with lids using MDF. You will never guess where those knobs on top are made of!

4. Use wood filler to fill the holes in the wooden spools.

Make DIY upcycled tins with lids using MDF. You will never guess where those knobs on top are made of!

5. When the glue is completely dry you can paint your lids in the color of your choice.

Make DIY upcycled tins with lids using MDF. You will never guess where those knobs on top are made of!

6. Cut your pretty paper at the size of your tin and use Mod Podge to glue it on there.

Make DIY upcycled tins with lids using MDF. You will never guess where those knobs on top are made of!

Now you can put the lid on your tin and your new pretty upcycled tin is ready to use! Don’t you love a good recycling project? XO Wilma

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8 Comments

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    Nash Khan
    February 5, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Love how you used the wooden spools! <3 Give's such a pretty finish to them!

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      Wilma
      February 5, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you! I thought they worked perfect for this project! 😀

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    remadeinbritain
    February 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I haven’t seen anything as attractive as your upcycled tins in a long time, really clever. Thanks

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    Nicole
    February 11, 2015 at 2:02 am

    These are so pretty and also super creative! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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    heba
    May 13, 2015 at 8:52 am

    how can you control it from not getting rusted

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    Rachael
    July 13, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Finally found a cheap, easy and beautiful way to store my huge tea collection without it going stale! Thank you!

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