Altered Tin

by Sharon Johnson

Recycle a tin into a gorgeous gift package.


  • Tin with Lid
  • Stamps, JustRite stamps used here
  • Patterned Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Ink
  • Red Liner Tape, or other strong adhesive
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Ribbon and Other Accessories


  1. Step 1

    Measure bottom of tin tin and cut patterned paper to fit. If the tin's circumference is bigger then 12", add a strip of paper underneath the gap as shown.

    Wrap and adhere patterned paper first to the can top, then the can bottom, making sure to not cover the metal ridge where the top and bottom meet.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp the images for the lid and tin and cut them to the size you need.

  3. Step 3

    Use red liner tape to adhere ribbons.

    Tip: Place lid securely on container before applying tape and ribbon just BENEATH the can lid, allowing the lid to slide on and off the can without interference.

    When adhering the bottom ribbon, cover the metal rim, going right to the bottom of the can.

  4. Step 4

    Add more ribbon and tie it around the lace if needed.

  5. Step 5 (Optional)

    Adhere satin flowers over the knot.

    Tip: Using Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue will insure a very strong hold. Liberally apply glue to flower back, place on can/bow, and PRESS AND HOLD FIRMLY until the glue takes. It may take 30 seconds or so per flower.

  6. Step 6

    Gently curve the image that will grace the tin front in your hands so it will fit around the can.

    Use Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky glue to apply the image to the can, pressing it firmly with your thumbs on the sides and holding down tightly until the glue sets. This could take 30 seconds or more – be patient. Once it takes hold, it will never pop up. Once firmly adhered, add additional embellishments as needed.

  7. Step 7

    Use dimensional foam adhesive to fill in the indent in the lid and to adhere the prepared image to the tin top.

    Further embellish the lid as needed.

  8. Your can is finished.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Altered Tin. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Beautiful tin. The rich touches (velvet ribbon and lace) makes it extra special. Thanks so much for the tutorial!
Debbie  |  Wed Dec 2, 2009 at 6:26 AM
Wow! Sharon you take a plain tin and make it into a Special Keepsake. I love all your ribbons too!
Noreen Clarke  |  Wed Dec 2, 2009 at 6:31 AM
I like altered tins. I always have some empty ones to decorate.
Eveline van Heijst  |  Wed Dec 2, 2009 at 6:41 AM
A fabulous Christmas gift idea, thanks so much for the tutorial Sharon, can't wait to get started on family gifts!
Jerri Kay  |  Wed Dec 2, 2009 at 6:41 AM
WOW, Sharon, gorgeous looking tin!!! Love all of those yummy ribbons and the lace. Thanks for the tip with the fast grab tacky glue...will try it!!!
Beate, another awesome video!
Sabrina ak okimom2girlz  |  Wed Dec 2, 2009 at 10:27 AM
I am sending all of my coffe lover friends a mug and my favorite coffee for christmas. Was wondering how to package the coffee, but I need not wonder any longer. This is great!
Veronica  |  Wed Dec 2, 2009 at 1:42 PM
What a great way to recyle and the tins look gorgeous. Thanks for the idea!
Melody  |  Wed Dec 2, 2009 at 7:28 PM
I need a complete list of supplies to make this altered tin please. Thank you.
Rita swartz  |  Thu Dec 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM
Rita: The complete list of supplies I used for my can are found on my blog post here:
Sharon (notimetostamp)  |  Fri Dec 4, 2009 at 7:41 AM
Sharon, Thanks for the great tutorial! I may have the girls @ my card workshop this weekend try making one!
Pamela D Crenwelge  |  Wed Dec 9, 2009 at 5:22 AM
I missed this when it originally came onto Splitcoast and am thrilled to havefound it in time for last minute fun gifts. Thanks so much for a great tutorial/idea!
Lisa  |  Tue Dec 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM
I loved your tins. In step 2 where did you find those little round rings. Was happy to see your cute cans. GREAT Ideas.
Cindy Starns  |  Sat Dec 26, 2009 at 2:41 AM
Cindy, what you call little round rings are Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities. They are dies that cut and emboss in graduated sizes. You run them through a die cut machine such as a Wizard or Cuttlebug.
Sharon (notimetostamp)  |  Sat Dec 26, 2009 at 4:04 AM
ELIZABETH WANDREI  |  Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Incredible transformation, Sharon. An ugly duckling that became an elegant swan. Your
detailed embellishments make it such a special
Thanks for the inspiration!
Mary Aigner  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 6:54 AM

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