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Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

by Katie Reed

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Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

Many products we buy at the grocery store or specialty stores, such as teas or cookies, come in tin containers. These can be really nice quality in the way they are made, but maybe not so cute on the outside! Using Washi tape is a great way to easily cover them in a trendy way, and you can even make them to match the décor in the room, since there are so many choices of tape patterns out there.

Craft stores these days tend to have many varieties, and you can pick them up on clearance a lot of times, for almost nothing. These ones were on clearance at Michaels for less than $2 each per package.

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

What you will need:

Tins of your choice to cover, including lids if desired
Scotch tape
3 to 4 rolls Washi tape, depending on the size and quantity of the tins

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

Directions:

Make sure the tins are clean on the outside first, use alcohol to remove any residue on them and let dry before applying the tape.

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

Decide ahead of time the pattern you’d like to do. There are lots of ideas online too if you need ideas!

Start with one color at a time, and leave a slight overlapping on each end of the stripe. You will finish this off last, with the scotch tape.

Be sure to get each stripe smoothed out nicely, with no bumps before starting the next one. Alternate your colors however you desire. For the larger tin I did it a little sideways and I just made sure the next color was lined up right beside the first one, but not overlapping by much at all, just a hair.

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

If your tape is too see-thru in any spots (depending on your tins and how much is printed on them, this can easily happen), run a second piece on top of the first, to help cover them. The text on the tins seems to be the main thing I had an issue with showing through.

Just keep repeating the pattern until you get all the way around the tin. Once you are done, tuck the ends in really well, smoothing them out nicely underneath and then take your scotch tape and tape over them to make them stay put for longer for you. Then repeat this on the top edge as well, into the inside of the tin.

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

If you have a lid that’s square, like I did on the tea tin, the ends of the lid needed a smaller piece of tape than the other stripes so I had to cut it to make it fit. Also, because of the lid, the tape has to be really smoothed down for the lid to go back on when it’s all done.

The tape pulls up very easily, so if you start to smooth it out and realize its crooked or anything, don’t panic. It will most likely pull right up so you can fix it.

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

These tins come in super handy for storing office supplies, homeschool items and more! You can even involve your kids and let them make some too!

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

Washi Tape Desk Storage Tin Upcycle

I love Washi Tape so much, as you can make things look so cool and eclectic! I used to paint tins like this and try to draw my own patterns, but this is so much easier. And if you get tired of them, simply remove the tape and add some new ones!

Will you try this fun craft? What ideas do you have to make it better?

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4 comments

Emma June 28, 2016 - 7:09 am

How creative! I love finding ways to reuse containers!

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lorraine Williamson June 28, 2016 - 2:55 pm

thanks for sharing love the upcycling so pretty have a great week

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sahana July 4, 2016 - 9:11 am

Such an easy idea to epicycle the old tins and containers. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again this week.

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robbie @ use resources wisely July 9, 2016 - 7:39 am

My daughter loves these! We used duct tape to upcycle an old duplo lego box into a cute umbrella storage.

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