Thursday, March 26, 2015

#TBCCrafters Craft Hop - Upcycled Popcorn Tin into a Memory Can

Check it Out!  Since my husband passed away I have found and been given different things that I know I want to keep in one place.  From poems to letters to objects, these are all things that I want to keep not only so that I can reflect on them but for our children.  There will come a day that they will be leaving our home and I want to be able to share these things with them.  As they have been piling up over the last few months, I realized I needed to come up with a way to store them.  But I needed a way that would allow the children and I to access them but also protect them.   

I have a few of these popcorn tins that were given to the kids at the holidays and since they have a lid and plenty of space inside, I realized one would be the perfect solution.  I just needed to upcycle it. 

My supplies for this project included:
  • Popcorn Tin
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Knob or drawer pull for the lid
  • Gemstones
  • Word Stickers by Jolee's Boutique
  • Wide ribbon
  • Lace
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue
To get started I spray painted my tin with the black spray paint.  It took a few coats to get it to cover completely.  Remember to do this step outside so there is plenty of ventilation. 
I then wrapped my ribbon around the center and glued it in place.  

I chose the words "treasured" and "memories" from my sheet of word stickers and added them on top of the ribbon strip.  I spent a little time pressing and rubbing them so that they would stick well and added a few gemstones to the end swirls for accent. 

My can was looking a little plain so I decided to add some more of the gemstones to the base.  In order to keep them evenly spaced I used my ruler as a guide for the spacing.

My lid was already black so I didn't need to do anything to it except add a knob to the top.  I didn't have a knob or drawer pull so I created one with a few wooden pieces glued together and painted white.  After finding the center of the lid, I glued the knob on and added a gemstone to the center top of it.  Then I glued some lace to the rim of the lid to finish it off.
This memory can now sits next to our memorial table and the kids and I can add to it and look through it whenever we want.  


  1. Dawn, that is amazing!!! You see people having the photo albums, but sometimes that just isn't enough!! I never those little tins could turn out to mean so much!! Love it!! :)

  2. So sweet and awesome to do this with those tin cans! I love the size so they do work well to reuse and love how you designed it. Pinning this :)

  3. Dawn your craft projects are so creative and inspiring. I love the way your mind thinks and this would also be a great gift tin to give for holidays and birthdays or any celebrations!!!


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