DIY Chalkboard Gift Tins

I don't know about you, but around this time of year, I usually find that I have a bunch of empty cake or cookie tins laying around the house. Here is an easy way to use chalkboard spray paint to recycle those tins into pretty containers that can be used for gifting or storage.

I started off with a few leftover cake tins (these held some amazing cakes from the company Daisy Cakes, which is owned by a friend).  The tins had designs printed on top, but plain sides so I just painted the tops. If yours are printed all around, you can paint the entire container.

Step 1. Wash the tins to remove and oils and dry well.

Step 2. Spread a drop cloth or newspaper (I used leftover bubble wrap) to protect your floors. Make sure you're working outdoors or in a well-ventilated area with open windows. I did none of the above because it was raining, and I ended up with a headache and an apartment that smelled like a meth lab. So...don't do that. Open the window.

Step 3. Spray with a thin coat of chalkboard paint (I use Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint), then let dry for 10 minutes. Repeat with 2nd and 3rd coats, letting dry 10 minutes in between. Now you're basically done. Just let dry 24 hours to seal and you're ready to use.

I think these are perfect for gifting baked treats like cookies or cake, but you can also use them as storage tins. The chalkboard surface can be erased and reused so the recipients of your gift can use the empty tins all year long (or regift them!).

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