I have about 20 old metal loaf pans, looking for ideas?

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I have about 20 old metal loaf pans and I am looking for some ideas. I did paint some for Christmas. I had thought about lights...Husband wants me to get rid of them. Any ideas?
q i have about 20 old metal loaf pans looking for ideas, crafts, repurposing upcycling
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  • MARY ANN MARY ANN on Jun 12, 2014
    They would make great pots. Decorated/painted of course.

  • Christa Francis Christa Francis on Jun 12, 2014
    Found on Pinterest while typing in upcycled loaf pans. I would probably mount several to a board and use in the garage for parts or tools. Or maybe somehow in the kitchen pantry. One could be for say, gravy packets and sauce mixes.

    • Anna Ibarra Anna Ibarra on Jun 12, 2014
      @Christa Francis - What a neat idea. I have a narrow pantry but they are some sides that these could be hung for extra storages or small snacks etc.

  • Christa Francis Christa Francis on Jun 12, 2014
    This is really cute too. From mamie janes blog spot.

    • Wendy Jill Wendy Jill on Mar 17, 2020

      I love this idea with the loaf pans! To attach the 2 loaf pans, any suggestions or tricks? Thank you

  • Christa Francis Christa Francis on Jun 12, 2014
    Oooo or save them for later in the summer and make lots of zucchini bread, lol.

  • Chris Moore Chris Moore on Jun 12, 2014
    Attach them to the side of the house or a large board by the house and stagger them in rows and plant flowers in them....drill holes in the bottoms for drainage and decorate the pans. Bet it would be pretty!!

  • Robin Miller Cresci Robin Miller Cresci on Jun 12, 2014
    Planters!! Drill holes in them, grow lettuce, flowers etc!! Oh the possibilities!!! Or you can send some my way!! Lol

  • Vicky K Vicky K on Jun 12, 2014
    Fairy garden?

  • Z Z on Jun 12, 2014
    My first thought was to use them for storage in a pantry. You might want to put felt pads on the bottom so they won't scrape your shelves.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 12, 2014
    Stack them up and don't get in a hurry because the minute you toss them...ideas with what you should have done will haunt you! You can screw these onto pallets and lean them against a tree, a fence and have a nice garden; or attach 2 pallets together at the top in tepee fashion and make gardens for squash, tomatoes, etc.

    • Anna Ibarra Anna Ibarra on Jun 12, 2014
      @Jeanette S - Another great idea, drill holes on the bottom for drainage and that would look great as is or painted.

  • Carole Carole on Jun 12, 2014
    If you don't want to keep them but do want to use them, how about decorating them and filling them with things for gifts for people at Christmas or Birthdays? For gardeners, you could put some sphagnam moss in the bottom and put some packets of seeds and some of that gardeners hand cream and a pair of cotton gardening gloves. For foodies, some small pots of jams, tea bags, coffee beans or spices or whatever. For anyone who loves their scented toiletries, some fancy soaps, face flannel, body cream etc. For teenage girls, some manicure stuff like emery boards, nail polish remover and nail polish in different colour and some coloured cotton wool balls - you get the idea. That way you are spreading the love with your bread tins and getting them out of the house and giving someone else the opportunity to decide what to do with one! Who knows - they might even use them to bake bread!

  • Anna Ibarra Anna Ibarra on Jun 12, 2014
    Make a rain chain, will be a bit larger but oh well, in up cycle everything is colored out of the lines.

  • Susan Bowles Susan Bowles on Jun 12, 2014
    Got it...thank you all for your help...I found some old weathered wood and I am going to make planters. I will post a photo when I am done. Thank you again..

  • Bab337567 Bab337567 on Jun 12, 2014
    If you have a good size garden take and turn them upside down and make a cho-cho train out of them with wooden wheels and pea gravel for the tracks

  • Patty Morgan Patty Morgan on Jun 13, 2014
    You can drill holes in a pattern and put candles inside. It will keep the wax out of harms way and the light will reflex through the pin holes.

  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Jun 13, 2014
    These are all great ideas. But I especially like Carole's list of possibilities.

  • Jackie Jackie on Jun 13, 2014
    Drill the bottoms to a wall, then cover the bottom with pretty paper And then display things in them. Use can even stick a battery operated puck light from the dollar store in to light the item on display

  • My Vintage Bench My Vintage Bench on Jun 13, 2014
    I had some and painted them with chalk paint, added burlap and planted with succulents. They don't need much space for roots! I had to paint because they were going in a more modern kitchen. You could also leave them unpainted.

  • Donna coronado Donna coronado on Jun 13, 2014
    Put in a bookcase for storage. Hang ID tags off end or chalkboard paint on end.

  • JoAnn Ziifle JoAnn Ziifle on Jun 13, 2014
    Planters!

  • Nicole Mahoney Nicole Mahoney on Jun 13, 2014
    Make a wreath!

  • Mary Mary on Jun 13, 2014
    If you have a craft area you could paint them with chalkboard paint in a color to compliment your room and hang them on the wall, an old door, or end of bookcase for organizing supplies. Then write on them so you can see what is in them. I can imagine yarn color coordinated in them, books leaning up organized by subject, sewing patterns, paint, clay, art supplies with jars in them holding brushes, scissors, or just collections of things. If used in a playroom you could paint with primary colors and attach to chalkboard and label on the chalkboard. They could organize crayons, chalk, small toys, play dough, etc. in a kitchen pantry to organize pasta, rices, packaged items, napkins etc. my mind won't shut off so I will stop with these ideas. Have fun with them. My husband would have grabbed them for the garage to organize all my project stuff. www.lifeatthecottage

  • Lydia Whitehead Torres Lydia Whitehead Torres on Jun 13, 2014
    Those pans are the perfect size for herbs. I love the idea of chalk paint and writing the name of the herb on them. I would attach them to boards, drill holes in the bottom and attach them to my back porch railing.

  • Cate Murphy Cate Murphy on Jun 13, 2014
    My first thought was little planters for herbs...but I love Carole's idea of using them to hold gifts.

  • Cathy C Cathy C on Jun 13, 2014
    would be great painted or unpainted, gift baskets, organizing makeup in the bathroom, sorting and organizing craft supplies on a shelf or table or vanity, planters, in the workshop for organizing pieces and parts, etc..... The point is, they're stackable so they don't take up much space and there are endless possibilities for their uses and soooo handy to have around as you need them or feel the inspiration to use them. Don't just throw them out!

  • Tris Smith Tris Smith on Jun 13, 2014
    Screw them to a wall for organization.

  • Tris Smith Tris Smith on Jun 13, 2014
    You could screw them on the ceiling in a pattern with some lighting

  • Dee Dee on Jun 13, 2014
    Everyone had very good ideas..if you have a fence attach them to it staggered for planters or to a ladder. Please post again with your decision.

  • Jim Lambert Jim Lambert on Jun 13, 2014
    These are great planter boxes - if you really want to blow your friends minds, use them to plant up some carnivorous plants - drill two holes in each side (near the top of the pan) and use carnivorous plant mix (sold at any nursery) and plant them up - the dirt must remain moist at all times so use a smaller clay pot with some window screening material to cover the bottom hole and place inside the planter - keep that pot filled with water at all times and you will have an interesting planter - (and no house flies for that matter either) good luck and have fun!

  • DottieK, DottieK, on Jun 13, 2014
    Paint each a color of the rainbow then line them up and attach them to a board. What for, you ask? Find a spot in your craft/sewing room to use at a 'catcher' for your fabric scraps. Each color has it's own pan or you could double up with red/orange, yellow/green .....etc having their own pan. When the pan is full, put the scraps in a baggie and start saving again. I save some ridiculously small scraps as I like to make mini scrap quilts. Just an idea!.

  • Cathy Cathy on Jun 13, 2014
    Decoupoge them

  • Shari Veater Shari Veater on Jun 13, 2014
    Pass them along to a young wife, along with your bread recipe. My mom was going to toss her old bread making pan, looks like a washtub. I took it because I remember her making bread with it. It is beat up but still makes darn good bread!

  • Denise Jones Denise Jones on Jun 13, 2014
    Drill holes the size of mini Christmas lights. Use for lighting outdoors. Could be hung from porch, pergola, tree, or other location to fit your need.

  • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Jun 13, 2014
    If you have old candle holders of different sizes..glue or epoxy the candle holders to the loaf pan..making a three tired stand. Use for so many things in any room of the house.

  • Kelley M Kelley M on Jun 13, 2014
    A fountain, several layers with some bamboo between. It would be spectacular!

  • Lois Lois on Jun 13, 2014
    Fill them will water. Freeze it. Tape a pic on the outside after it is frozen then take a nail and outline the pic. Take a hammer nd tap the nail round the pic to make little holes. When done let it thaw put candles in it and then you have illuminaries. We made these for Christmas out of metal pails in Girl Scouts. The moms loved them.

  • Terri Mayfield Terri Mayfield on Jun 13, 2014
    I would glue several together and hang them for small shelves.

  • Terri Mayfield Terri Mayfield on Jun 13, 2014
    Also, use them with magnetics to put up favorite photos or pictures. (unframed)

  • Becky Wood Becky Wood on Jun 13, 2014
    I know you said you were going to use them as planters, but in case you don't use them all and want to use a few for some extra storage http://www.brit.co/clip-on-organizers/

  • Dorth Dorth on Jun 13, 2014
    A water feature in your backyard. Buy a small water pump, link the pans together with short chains, and have the water pour from one down to the next, etc.

  • Sharon Lemke Sharon Lemke on Jun 13, 2014
    Pass them on to me! My husband was a baker I am sure they will come in handy :)

  • Rozanne M Rozanne M on Jun 14, 2014
    Paint them different color and start a herb garden.

  • Robin H Robin H on Jun 15, 2014
    I like the idea of painting them and using them as planters, but I like the idea of painting them with Krylon and using them as lamp/light shades too - instead of putting the "hole" for the light fixture from the bottom, put it on a short side and use an Edison bulb, or one of the long narrow ones (although you might want to 'punch' a couple small holes in the bottom for heat escape since those bulbs tend to get pretty hot!

  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Jun 15, 2014
    I'll take 7 if you feel like selling them :)

  • Sheila D Sheila D on Jun 15, 2014
    How about painting a "label" on end or side with blackboard paint and use in pantry or craft area?

  • Kate Chatterton Kate Chatterton on Jun 15, 2014
    Nail several to an old door and use as vertical storage, would be great in a craft room, work shop or garage. Anywhere there are lots of bits an pieces to keep track of.

  • Trudy Hibler Trudy Hibler on Jun 16, 2014
    Glue a tall candlestick (either wooden, wooden and painted, or glass) in the middle of one, place another one on top of that one and glue it down. Add another tall candlestick and top it with a third pan. Voila! Great for storing little items in a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or any other room in the house. I personally wouldn't paint them, but if you want it to fit a color scheme then definitely paint them to fit. I'm currently scouring my local flea markets, yard sales, and thrift stores for pans like that.

  • Lanie Lanie on Jun 16, 2014
    You can glue beads on the outside of the pan,and if you can use the ones that have color but are clear. Then you can use the pan as a flower pot and plant the flowers in it. Finally you can put it on a windowsill. The beads will reflect the light and the flowers will grow

  • Brenda R Brenda R on Jun 17, 2014
    succulent gardens

  • Francine C Francine C on Jun 18, 2014
    How about using them as planters for herbs and flowers on a painted pallet as a wall garden.

  • Tim D. (The Retro Den) Tim D. (The Retro Den) on Jun 18, 2014
    Find some awesome spray paint colors from Rustoleum and make them into planters... Use nails to hammer holes or drill holes for drainage...

  • Gina Gardner Gina Gardner on Jun 19, 2014
    I would use them for storage, or paint them and use them for making baskets, I would love to get something like this with say a bunch of those small kitchen utensils, potato peeler etc.

  • Angie W Angie W on Jun 26, 2014
    If you can paint, paint a few Patriotic ones, (flag, stars, etc), put red, white, and blue colored rice in them, add white tea lights, set on deck or patio for July 4th.... Supplies for 4th of July Colored Rice:white uncooked ricerubbing alcoholfood coloring, red and bluepaper towels and a trayclear vase 1. Divide your rice into 3 equal parts. Place 2 of the parts into 2 baggies, one for red and one for blue. The third part you’ll leave plain white. 2. Add your food coloring to each bag. Depending on your food coloring, you might need to add more than you think. I used 8-10 drops for each color. I also added 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to each bag. This helps with the drying process of the rice, so it doesn’t get wet and gooey. You can make this without the alcohol, you will just need to act fast and help it dry quicker, maybe out in the sun. 3. Seal up the baggies and start to mix it around with your hands. Make sure it gets spread out evenly over each piece of rice. 4. Set out some paper towels on a tray. Open each bag and spread it out on the tray to dry. Avoid them touching, it’s not fun if they mix. It shouldn’t take too long, and you can use a spoon to help fluff them and speed up the drying process.

  • Angie W Angie W on Jun 26, 2014
    Supplies for 4th of July Colored Rice:white uncooked rice, rubbing alcohol, food coloring, red and blue, paper towels and a tray... 1. Divide your rice into 3 equal parts. Place 2 of the parts into 2 baggies, one for red and one for blue. The third part you’ll leave plain white. 2. Add your food coloring to each bag. Depending on your food coloring, you might need to add more than you think. I used 8-10 drops for each color. I also added 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to each bag. This helps with the drying process of the rice, so it doesn’t get wet and gooey. You can make this without the alcohol, you will just need to act fast and help it dry quicker, maybe out in the sun. 3. Seal up the baggies and start to mix it around with your hands. Make sure it gets spread out evenly over each piece of rice. 4. Set out some paper towels on a tray. Open each bag and spread it out on the tray to dry. Avoid them touching, it’s not fun if they mix. It shouldn’t take too long, and you can use a spoon to help fluff them and speed up the drying process.

  • Angie W Angie W on Jun 26, 2014
    Very cute for plants or herb garden....On the outside paint the name of the herb........

  • Angie W Angie W on Jun 26, 2014
    Gina, making baskets from them would be so cute..... For my sisters daughters shower, we bought these, added a pair of garden gloves, a trowel, a pack of seeds and wrapped it, added a bow...That was one of the baby shower gifts for the games... Another was one of these metal trays, with body pouf, a set of Bath and Body Works body wash, cream, spray.....Wrapped it with cellophane and gave it a beautiful bow.... Very nice gifts for Thinking of you gifts, Secret sister gifts, etc......

  • Teresa Grant Teresa Grant on Jul 02, 2014
    paint three of them red white and blue and nail them to the side of a big tree and put plants in them like geraniums.