Thursday, September 17, 2015

UPCYCLING: How to make a faux vintage tin

Faux Vintage Tin from Plastic Tub via homework (2)I think this might be one of my favorite projects I’ve ever made. Well, I say that about a lot of my projects. But this one was so fun to transform. Would you believe this faux vintage tin started out as a yellow plastic corn starch container?

I’ve always loved the shape of the Kingsford Corn Starch tub. The square shape is ideal for upcycling it into something else but that bright yellow plastic is hard to get past. Here’s how I transformed it into a faux vintage tin.

1-Blog Faux Vintage TinWash your plastic container and dry thoroughly. Give it a few coats of silver metallic spray paint. I used Krylon Hammered Metal in Silver but it doesn’t have to be hammered metal. Once the tub is completely covered in spray paint and dry, give it an aged look with some craft paint. I dry brushed on a mixture of silver, black and dark brown.

There’s a variety of vintage labels available to download. My favorite source is the Graphics Fairy where I found this darling vintage glue label with bulldogs. Use a little distress ink or watered down craft paint to give your labels an aged look. Use glue or decoupage to adhere your labels to the tin.

Faux Vintage Tin from Plastic Tub via homework (4)And there you have it. A completely transformed plastic bin to a cute vintage tin that you could use for pencils, pens, paint brushes or a variety of other things.

Faux Vintage Tin from Plastic Tub via homework (5)Once your done organized, break out your paints and get creative.

Faux Vintage Tin from Plastic Tub via homework (6)I can’t wait to make more of these. I don’t use that much cornstarch but I’ll be saving other kitchen throw away containers to make a fun mismatched set of these faux tins.

Faux Vintage Tin from Plastic Tub via homework (1)Thanks so much for stopping by.



  1. Omigosh, you are so creative Carolyn! Super cute makeover!!

  2. Very pretty. Thanks Carolyn for the tutorial, Pinning!

  3. wow! so impressive & would make a great gift!

  4. This is vintage looking if you had not said what kind container no body would got it ,,lolI have brought some those teas & lemon's the kind you put in 16oz. water in ,they are nice pull label off & it's clear plastic,wish could show you but printer not working .. Maybe some ladies can understand what talking about..Thank's..

  5. What a great repurposing project! Pinning for future inspiration!

  6. Did you print the labels on an inkjet or laser printer?

    1. I have an ink jet printer and I used plain old printer paper.

  7. What a huge transformation! I have a bag full of these plastic containers just waiting for an upcycle. Thanks for the inspiration.


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