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Recycle Christmas Cookie Tins Into Storage

Use spray paint to revive and upcycle old Christmas tins! Add cork tags and adhesive letters to use them for gift containers or storage. It is so easy to recycle old cookie tins, you’ll be begging for edible gifts this holiday season. I’m sure of it!

Skills Required: Beginner. These are a relatively easy craft even if you have little crafting experience. You’ll be spray painting, and I recommend patience for that. Use several light coats and let dry between coats.

Recycled Christmas Cookie Tins

Who doesn’t love Christmas cookies? I love them a lot, and I think people know that – because they love to give them to me in cute little Christmas cookie tins! And of course I will gladly accept (it would be rude not to!).

When the holiday season is over and the cookies are long gone, I’m left with containers that I’m not quite sure what to do with. Well, wasn’t quite sure what to do with until now.

I decided to upcycle my Christmas tins into two things: 1) cute storage and 2) new gift holders! I plan on using these to hold items in my craft studio and also to hand out baked goods to the neighbors.

You aren’t going to believe how easy this budget friendly Christmas craft is to do. You just need a few items and you may already have them in your craft stash!

Gather These Supplies

  • Christmas tins – any shape or size
  • Spray paint – two colors, Gold and Secluded Garden (I used Valspar)
  • Thickers adhesive letters – “Everywhere”
  • Cork gift tags
  • Washi tape
Empty metal Christmas cookie tins

These are my cute little Christmas cookie tins! Perfect for delivering cookies (into my mouth), however, I have another intended use for them as you know.

Metal tins laid out on a piece of cardboard being spray painted

This is the hardest part of the entire project, and it’s not even hard. Separate your lids and bases and spray paint them with various colors. I did contrasting lids and bases and then one container in just straight gold.

Lesson for spray painting – and this is only because I have to tell myself every.single.time. Use short, light strokes and keep 8 – 12 inches away. I promise you want to do this for no dribbles!

Let all of your bases and lids dry. I didn’t paint the insides, by the way.

Cork gift tag with the initials "CAS" on top

If you want to give them as gifts, label some cork tags with names or initials. Use adhesive letters.

Taping a tag to the top of a metal lid with washi tape

Tape to the top with washi tape. I just tore it. Because you know, sometimes I just like the torn look. And that’s all there is to it.

Metal Christmas cookie containers filled with candy and cookies

Fill the insides with goodies like candies and cookies if you are going to gift.

Gold spray painted cookie tin with a cork tag that says "Jane"

And as I said, you can use these as storage too. Because who doesn’t need more storage?

Spray painted metal cookie tins in a stack

And it’s hard to pick my favorite color combination. I really love using two different colors – one on the lid, one on the base.

Small spray painted metal cookie tin with a cork tag

And the washi tape is always a nice addition. This is such a fun, post holiday winter craft.

Recycled Christmas Cookie Tins
Yield: 3 tins

Recycle Cookie Tins

Recycled Christmas Cookie Tins

Learn how to recycle cookie tins from Christmas using a bit of spray paint! This is an easy idea for even a beginning crafter.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $0


  • Christmas tins - any shape or size
  • Spray paint
  • Adhesive letters
  • Gift tags
  • Twine
  • Washi tape


  • Scissors


  1. Wash the cookie tins using mild soap and water. Let dry.
  2. Separate your lids and bases onto a work surface and spray paint them with various colors, letting dry between coats.
  3. Label some cork tags with names or initials. Use adhesive letters.
  4. Tape the tags to the top of the tins with washi tape to finish.


I used items I already had in my stash, making this project free. I encourage you to use what you already have on hand!

Did you make this project?

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Have you ever re-done old holiday items like cookie tins? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other projects:


Tuesday 8th of December 2015

This is such a great idea! I love how you transformed those tins!


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