Does anyone else have a “junk stash” they’re trying to work through before garage sale season? I have a small collection of mini tins that have become the focal point in this post, How to Repurpose Mini Tins into Wall Art.
The weather has been so nice the past few weeks that garage sale season is already upon us. Yikes! I thought I had more time to work through some of the stuff I’ve accumulated before I started bringing more home. 😉 It’s my goal to work through as much as I can before buying anymore.
Anyway that has brought me to this project. I started collecting these mini tins a few months back. It started when Celestial Seasonings put these cute little tins in their tea boxes. Of course I had to keep them, you know, in case I needed them for something. 😉 Then Christmas came around and we got some more little tins to add to the pile.
The other day I got out what I had collected so far and thought about what I could do with them to use all of them at once, to make a dent in the heap. Then inspiration hit! I was going to make a sort of gallery wall using all the tins, and fill them with pictures, printables and other little items and trinkets.
I have a couple of cabinet doors that I have painted and stenciled but have yet to find a place for them, so I decided to use one of those doors to attach all these tins to. I felt that the stencil design got lost in the rustic way this particular cabinet door was painted, so I chose to use it as the mounting back. The cabinet door was sanded a bit, then painted with this lovely blue satin latex paint. I wanted some of the original to finish to show through so I only used one coat of paint and did so sparingly.
After the door was painted, I placed all the tins on the door just to get a general idea of the layout of things. There are 3 tea tins, a gift card tin, a candy tin, a mixed nuts tins, and 2 lids from bread tubes. Some handles and cabinet pull plates were added for a little more visual interest, plus that’s a few more things that will be used from my stash.
Once the paint was dried, I placed the items back on the cabinet door. Then I pre-drilled holes through the tins and the cabinet door. Did I mention I also have a stash of old screws from pieces of furniture that I’ve refinished? Yeah so I got all those out and found some small screws and went to work screwing all the pieces into place using a power drill. Now it was all ready for the décor elements.
This cabinet door is for the master bedroom, so I thought it would be nice to fill it with mementos of me and my husband. I went through some old snapshots and cut them to fit the tea tins. I also found some old movie tickets from a date my husband and I went on. The Empire State Building ticket was actually from when I went to New York on a mission trip, but thought it looked pretty cool with the movie tickets. I also made some mini printables and found a tiny love note from my husband to add to the display. There is also a sprig of flowers to soften this board.
The photos and papers were attached with magnets. After taking these pictures I decided to dress the magnets up by hot gluing pieces of a repurposed necklace to each magnet. I am bound and determined to use as much of my stash as possible on this project huh? 😉 Do you have a repurposing stash you’re trying to work through too?
How do you like this project? What would you put in the mini tins for display? There are so many fun possibilities for this gallery wall of tins!
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Thanks so much for sharing this project How to Repurpose Mini Tins into Wall Art!