Good looking Christmas cookie tins are hard to come by unless you start spending a lot of cash. You love to give out your baked goods to family and friends over the season but don't want to spend the money on packaging.
Here is a very simple, easy and super cheap way to package your Christmas cookies and other baked goods.
Simply use tin cans from soups, juices, spaghetti sauce and what every else you use and make them into beautiful container for almost next to nothing. You'll be making your own fitted lids so the cookies will stay safely inside.
So inexpensive to make you will be able give out your cookies to one and all.
The top of the tin can has to be safely removed so that there is no sharp edges. Any good can opener will do this but check just in case you might have to file down any rough spots. Make sure the tin is absolutely clean.
You will need clean cardboard (I used a cardboard box from the grocery store) and card stock(or Bristol board) to make the lid and to cover the tin. I used an apple juice can to make this container.
Press the open end of the tin onto the cardboard and cut the indented circle that will fit inside the tin.
Draw around the tin on a second piece cardboard and cut out the larger circle.
Draw around the tin on the card stock and cut out a circle that will be the same size as the larger cardboard circle. (I used a circle cutter to get a clean cut and perfect circle).
Glue the small circle of cardboard exactly in the middle of the larger cardboard circle. Glue the card stock to the top of the large circle to make your lid. Let this glue dry completely.
Measure the height and around the tin. I cover my tins first with card stock so you will not be able to see the ridges of the tin when the decorative paper is put on. Cut a circle to fit the top of the lid.
Measure around the lid and cut out card stock that length and about 1/4 to 1/2 inch depending on how large the tin is. I found it easiest to glue the decorative paper to the card stock before I cut the edge.
Glue on the side of the lid and wrap the edging on, gluing it onto itself at the end.
Let this dry completely before you try putting it on the tin other wise it might separate when you take it off.
The fit should be snug enough that it will hold on easily.
I place my cookies in a plastic bag before putting it into the tin so they can be kept sealed and fresh but because the tin is clean you don't need to do this.
You can decorate your tin many different ways. Plain paper with a beautiful Christmas card glued to it would look lovely as well.
I like placing a ribbon around the tin instead of on top as I think it looks more decorative and it can remain on the tin while still being able to easily get into the tin.
Fast and easy you will enjoy making these as much as you enjoy your baking!
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