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Valentine Tin Upcycled in Minutes with Chalkboard Paint

Instead of spending a lot on a paper box of chocolates, repurpose any tin and decorate it to give your valentine their own stash of sweets.

Skills Required: Beginner. It helps to have some experience with spray paint so you can get even coats on the tin. Just make sure to use several light coats over being heavy handed. Patience is a virtue with spray paint!

Recycled tin for Valentine's Day

Hi there! It’s Amy from Maker Mama back with a fun creative reuse idea for Valentine’s Day! One of my favorite memories as a kid was every Valentine’s Day morning my dad would leave a mini heart-shaped box of chocolates outside of my bedroom door.

I’d love to pass along that tradition, and am putting my own thrifty twist on it with this Recycled Chalkboard Valentine Tin. You can repurpose any tin and decorate it to give your valentine their own stash of sweets.

DIY Valentine Tin

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Thrifted tin
  • Sandpaper
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Chalk marker
  • Candy (I love dark chocolate Kisses!)
Used heart tin and piece of sandpaper
Sanding the top of the tin with sandpaper

Start by sanding down the outer surfaces of your tin. Just enough to scratch it up a bit so the paint will have something to grab onto.

Sanded heart tin with a can of chalkboard spray paint
Drawing a design on the chalkboard tin with a chalk marker

Spray all the outer surfaces of your tin with the chalkboard spray paint, then use a chalk marker to draw a fun design on the outside.

You can use a permanent chalk marker to make sure your drawing doesn’t smudge. Now fill it up with some candy and send it to your valentine!

Recycled Valentine's Day tin with chalkboard spray paint
Hand picking up a Hershey's kiss with a Valentine's Day candy tin in the background

And sneak a piece or two for yourself!

Did you enjoy this thrifty reuse valentine tin? Be sure to stop by Maker Mama for more inspiration! I’d also love for you to visit the following Valentine’s Day posts:


Thursday 12th of January 2017



Tuesday 12th of January 2016

These tins are so cute! They would make the perfect teacher gift!



Tuesday 12th of January 2016

Love it! This is so easy to make and looks so cool!