Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Trash to Treasure: Altered Spice Tin

Like any good squirrel, I save household items that I think can be used somehow in my crafts.  Let me tell you, I've got quite the collection stored up!  Today, I thought it time to finally bust into the trash...uh, I mean stash!

First up, a spice tin, ground black pepper to be exact.

Add a little decorative paper, a lot of Tim Holtz tissue tape (wow, am I LOVING this stuff!), a dash of Distress Crackle Paint, and few pinches of embellies, blend well, and I've now got myself a pretty altered tin.  And since I also feature twine, I'm entering it into Gingersnap Creations GC102 Spicy Supply Challenge - Twine.  (How appropriate...a spice tin for the "spicy supply" challenge!)

The Details:
  • First, to ensure good adhesion, I dulled the tin's finish with steel wool.  I then covered the tin in various scrap pattern papers using spray adhesive.  Although it didn't really matter, because I got a little crazy with the tissue tape...LOL!  On top of the tape, I added random thin patches of Antique Linen Distress Crackle Paint.
  • I also covered a chipboard label holder in a thick layer of crackle paint.  You can use a heat tool to speed the drying process once you see cracks form
  • Some Vintage Photo and Wild Honey DI really bring the cracks out on the label holder.  Metallic rub-on wax in bronze and copper give it a subtle metallic sheen. 
  • A hunk of cotton dobbie remnant and some twine add a touch of softness next to the crackle paint elements and TH metal foliage. 
  • All of it topped off with a sentiment on a scrap of the background paper, cut like a pennant, crinkled and distressed.

I haven't finished off the top yet.  Will probably add some floral and use it as summer decor.  Maybe some mini Black-eyed Susans.  The result feels very vintage farm girl to me.  The metal of old tractors and tools, crackled paint of a turn of the century farmhouse, cotton garments caught in the breeze on a clothesline...can't you just see it?  :-)

Paper:  Scraps of decorative paper
Stamps:  Chatterbox ‘Fabulous’
Inks:  Distress Ink ‘Vintage Photo’, ‘Wild Honey’; StazOn ‘Jet Black’; metallic rub-on wax bronze, copper
Embellishments:  TH tissue tape ‘Symphony’; Papertrey Ink Rustic Button Twine ‘Cream’; bottle cap, cotton fabric remnant; TH copper brads; chipboard label holder; TH tissue tape; TH foliage elements
Tools:  glue dots; 3M Super 77 spray adhesive; steel wool; Exacto knife
Misc:  spice tin


  1. Oh, you clever girl! This is something I didn't think about altering. Actually, I am buying spices now in plastic containers more often than cans; but still, I think I may have a few to use. You'll win that spicy supply challenge for sure! LOL

  2. That is awesome! I love it. Super job. Guess we will all be on a hunt for containers. Super.


  3. This came out so good - love your details of the fabric & thread too. Great way to alter a small container. Thanks for the detailed how to !!!

  4. How cute is that? I just love it to pieces! You've inspred me to try & make one (or more) myself.

  5. Very cool! Love to see repurposed projects!

  6. I love your tin, I'm following you now. Shari (cricutrookie)

  7. I love this project! I am going to purchase spices with this idea in mind. Thank you for your inspiration.

  8. This is so amazing and clever. I love it and didnt realize how wonderful the tape is. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Love it and love the story that goes with it too.

  10. Great altered art! Can't wait to see what else you have squirreled away...

  11. love your project, what a clever idea. Also thanks for the tutorial on how you made it.

  12. This turned out really, really cool. You did an awesome job!


  13. This altered tin is absolutely AMAZING.
    Love it.
    Greetings from Germany

  14. I love, love, love this! How creative and gorgeous this is! Great idea!

  15. lol... this is brilliant !!!! love love love it !!!! It is so much prettier than the original can... hahaha all the attention to detail. You got really great results from the crackle paint. And I too love that tissue tape... Wonderful job !

  16. Wow, that's breathtaking, fantastic altered work.

  17. I agree with your vintage farm girl assessment ... no one would ever guess its humble beginnings ... fabulous ... so glad you joined our Spicy Supply Challenge at Gingersnap Creations.

  18. Congratulations to you on being selected as a Ginger Gem--what a perfect piece for the Spicy Supply Challenge!


  19. This is awesome. I love the bottle cap w/the flower. Soo sooo cute. TFS.


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