Sunday, May 25, 2014

Upcycled Chocolate Tin

Hi, I'm back again with another upcycling project.  This time I'm  re-inventing a chocolate tin.  Trader Joe's chocolate is delicious, but truthfully I buy them for the cute tins with the portholes.  I knew that I could decorate them by just gluing a pretty paper circle over the top, but I really wanted to showcase the fact that these tins have a neat window.

I also wanted to find another use for the beautiful washi tapes that I have in my 'collection'.  Here is what I came up with.... a tinful of tags!  Can you find the washi tape?  Yes, it's around the base of the tin but I also used it on the accordion pleats (on the tin cover) and for the rosettes on the tags.

To make the rosettes on the tags, I adhered two regular width strips of printed washi tape to some computer paper (yes, used paper is okay) and added two more thinner solid blue washi tapes on the top of the first two strips.  Then I used the rosette die to cut out two pieces (see bottom photo) and accordian folded them into rosettes that I glued (using Beacon 3 in 1)  onto a base flower (cut with a die from the same Sizzix die set). This piece was then glued onto another larger flower shape (also cut using a die from the set).

The rosette flowers were then glued to a floral printed circle and made into tags by punching holes and adding twine.  The cover of the tin was decorated with five accordion pleated pieces. I covered the words on the bottom of the tin with a solid colored card stock circle. Since the edge of the tin cover was a pretty turquoise I just left it unaltered. (This tin once held TJ dark chocolate wedges.)

Even though Ben Franklin Crafts sells several rosette die sets, I used this one because the finished rosettes are not too thick so I could fit five tags into the tin.  (The photo shows what the die cut washi computer paper strips look like before they are pleated.) Ben Franklin Crafts sells lots of pretty washi tapes and twine so go get some and see what you can create.  If you liked this post, please leave a comment.  I love hearing from you.


Leanne said...

NO way!! hahaha! These are brilliant Lynn! Wow, I will definitely take a closer look at the tins while I am checking out at TJs. These are cute and would definitely make wonderful gifts. Love your collection of washi tape. They make me smile. Great share today!
Happy Monday!

yyam said...

Ooooh..these are pretty! I buy stuff for the packaging

Annette Allen said...

oh yeah these are too cool.. what a fun idea.. they are adorable..