I love re-purposing stuff to the point it becomes an obsession. A few weeks ago I was making some chili and I couldn’t bring myself to throw away the #2 tins when I was done emptying them out. I washed the tins out and then let them sit until I could think of some way to re-purpose them. Here’s the project just in time for Valentine’s Day and can be adapted for Easter. It’s a great craft project for a group or for children. (for children some of the process should be done ahead.) Here’s the project step by step. Let me know if you try it. I would love to see pictures of your done baskets.
Step One: Start with a clean can #2 or larger. Make sure the edges are free from sharp points. Spray inside and out with a soft white or light pink flat spray paint. ( I find that paper adheres to flat paint just a little bit better). Let tin dry thoroughly then figure out where you want to attache the handle. Use an awl to puncture the hole for the rivet. I put the edge of the tin on block of wood and punched inward towards the inside of the tin. Then I gently sand off the edges inside the tin so they don’t have sharp edges.
Step Two: I used card stock paper to decorate the outside of the tin using 3M adhesive spray. I also used vintage lace and paper cutouts to decorate the outside of the tin. When you are done with the outside you can also spray with a mat paper preserver spray or a mat gel medium.
Step Three: For the handle I used two strips of card stock glued together to make it a little stronger I then decorated it with antique buttons and lace and distressed it a bit with a brown ink. Punch a hole in the ends of each one using the awl again. I used scrap booking pink rivets for card making to attach my handles. I loved the from the outside and the handles move.
Step Four: Fill with your favorite treats or used for Valentine’s day cards.