DIY Tin Can Containers and Organizers

If you are like me, you may have some empty tin cans around your home. I added some scrapbooking paper, a cute knob and a chalkboard label to these cans, and now they are adorable additions to my kitchen. They make excellent storage containers for organizing a kitchen.
I will provide you with a quick tutorial of how to create these containers, but for more details about this project visit my blog linked below.
Tin can with lid
Scrapbook paper
Spray adhesive
Clear Varnish
Chalkboard sticker paper/template
Chalkboard pen
First, cut out your paper to size. Apply a couple coats of varnish to both sides of your paper. This will protect your paper from minor stains.
Apply a coat of spray adhesive to the back of the paper and place on the tin can.
Use a nail with a similar width to the screw and hammer it into the center of the lid. Then attach the knob to the top with a nut screwed on inside.
Cut out your chalkboard label and place on the covered canister. Use the chalkboard pen to write on your label. If you like chalkboard projects here is another.
Here are my finished containers on my kitchen shelf. To read more about this project and many others, head over to my blog:

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 5 questions
  • Susan
    on Feb 26, 2016

    Where do you get the lids?

    • Happyhappynester
      on Feb 26, 2016

      Hi Susan, Lindy and Brenda are correct in that the lid came with the can. The tin can is an Illy coffee tin, they are the cutest and you probably can find them in your grocery store in the coffee isle. Good luck and thank for you question!

  • Donna
    on Feb 26, 2016

    Really cute....will have to search for such nice cans, other than that brand of coffee which we don't use. Did you design your own template for the labels, or are they available somewhere to buy? Thanks for such a creative idea.

  • Maritza Barnhill
    on Dec 1, 2019

    love it 😍 how did u make the lids to go over the can ?

    • CJ
      on May 6, 2020

      Maritza, I don't think she is monitoring this post any more. The lids fit the cans to begin with, her choice of coffee comes in the cans. I seem to remember seeing similar cans in the craft stores and you can use candy, cookie, popcorn, other brands of coffee or any other similar container for your project.

      When you wrap the cans with your chosen paper or contact paper, (or even paint it!) you do not cover the very top of the can where the lid goes. Generally there is a bump out ring on the top of can where the lid stops when it is on the can, so just use that bump out as your line to end the pretty paper or paint so the lid will still fit on the can properly.

      Good luck with your project!

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  • AbadinBandB
    on Jul 16, 2017

    Great idea , love all that aims for reuse, recycle and not polluting our environment !!! Great Job !!
  • Michelle Lynes
    on May 6, 2020

    I got some small popcorn tins from boy scouts this year this looks like the perfect way to reuse them thank you!!

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