Make Fabulous Cheap Christmas Cookie Tins From Cans

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Cheap easy cookie tins from cansGood 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.
tin cansThe 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.

Making cardboard lid for tin
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).



Putting together cardboard lid for tin
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. 










cardboard lid for cookie tin edging
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.

Gluing edge on lids


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.







Cookie containers from juice cans
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.

Cheap easy cookie tins from cans

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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Love your cookie containers. Such a simple, thrify and beautiful idea.

Love your cookie gift tins! I may have to make some of these to put cookies in for my neighbors.

Great project...nothing cheap about the looks of these cookie containers! What a creative, thrifty idea! I would love to have you share these at my party! http://theshadyporch.blogspot.com

Wow! I can't believe these are tin cans! What a great idea -- so many uses for these -- thanks for sharing!

Coming over from Funky Junk FB post ... what a great idea! I've been saving tin cans in hopes of finding a great project idea. Now you've given me one! Thanks for the inspiration.

what a fabulous idea!!! and a great way to use up wrapping paper too :D bookmarking this for later ;)

Sooo creative.. I absolutely love this.. I am officially your newest subscriber.. I have a linky party happening for Christmas ornaments and I will LOVE for you to please share this lovely feature with me and my friends please : )) http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/special-christmas-soiree1st-feature.html --lovely blog you have here.. Wishing you a great start to your week.. TY

These are great. I love projects that reuse, are easy, inexpensive but most importantly frugal. You accomplished all of them. Really a great idea for some many uses. Wishing you a happy thanksgiving. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best, we enjoyed seeing your projects.

SO clever!! These are great! Would love it if you would stop by and share these at my linky party going on right now :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/bedazzle-me-monday-9.html

Have a great week!!

You made those cookie tins look so easy to make and
so lovely to recieve. Kathi

Love this idea! I'm going to try it - I'm a sucker for packaging!

Creative and eco-friendly! Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best =)

Fabulous idea1 too cute! This is AMAZING! I'd love for you to link up to my Friday linky party! This is so great!

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These are so great! I would love to feature these on Reduce, Reuse and UPcycle. your feature will go live on Thurs. (12-1). Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

Love the projects that you linked to Thrifty Thursday! I am featuring two of them this week! :)

I love the cookie tins,such a great idea! I featured them at So Very Creative. I love all the other ideas you have here to how fun! http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/2011/11/cookie-tins.html

These are so pretty-what a great idea! I would love to have you come link up at my party! http://cupofdelight.blogspot.com/2011/12/link-party-delightfully-handmade.html

Itís hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks

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