Yes, you read this post title correctly......I turned a used tea tin into a new tea tin! Soon after I finished a tin of strawberry cream tea (Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf ), I purchase some Teavana blueberry pineapple blended loose tea. The tea is sold in a bag by weight which is a little inconvenient for easy access. Since I saved the tea tin (couldn't throw away such a good container) using my craft supplies to redesign it for the blueberry pineapple tea was a no-brainer. I started by peeling off as much of the label from the old tin as I could. (A little acetone a.k.a. nail polish remover aids in removing sticky residue.) Next I applied distress inks (Tim Holtz) to a piece of watercolor paper that ws sprayed with water and taped to my work surface (to keep the paper from warping). After the paper was dry, I stamped the tea time images with Memento black ink. I adhered the trimmed, stamped paper to the tin with Merikan tape.
To the top of the tin I glued (Beacon 3 in 1) a Martha Stewart doily tag and added a Mambi chalkboard sticker. The bottom of the tin was decorated with a punched cardstock circle and Mambi stickers too. The blackboard stickers are perfect for this project because they can be written on with chalk or chalkboard markers (Marvy Uchida) erased and re-written when you change out the tea.
All of the decorating products were purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. The Mambi stickers were my favorite new purchase because each package has 5 sheets but cost under $6 so they are a real bargain! The BFC stores also have a line of Sticko blackboard labels which are sold by the single sheet for around $2. The Sizzix tea time set has a very vintage romantic look and also comes with matching dies. I think for the next tin I recycle I will put a die cut teapot image on the top. Thanks for reading this post and now it is time for a tea break. Mmmmm! I need some scones.