Contact Paper DIY Ideas

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30 Minutes

Today I will show you how to use contact paper to make over all those empty holiday cookie tins you have lying around.

We all have loads of cookie tins left over after the holidays and I want to show you a really cute idea today to get your life organized for the new year. There are so many great contact paper DIY ideas and this is one of my favorites.  

To start, you need several cookie tins and you want to remove the lids and make sure they are nice and clean.   

I wanted to make the stripes of my contact paper go up vertically on my tin but you can do it either way. 

To measure out how much I needed, I unrolled the contact paper and used the grid on the back as a guide. Most decorative contact papers have grids on the back, so they're super handy to use.  

When you're working with contact paper, it's always easiest to start at one side and not to peel the back off all the paper all at once. This will keep it from sticking on whatever surface you're putting it on.  

To cover my tin with the decorative contact paper, I started at the back where the seam of the tin was. As I rolled the tin over the contact paper, I also pulled off the backing at the same time.  

I made sure to smooth out any bubbles along the way as well as crease the edges.  

With the sides covered, I moved onto the bottom. To make the bottom smooth, I took a pair of scissors and made little cuts all around the contact paper that was hanging off.  

I made the slits fairly close together so that when they are turned over the bottom they laid flat.  

When I had all of the little flaps stuck to the bottom, I ran my fingers around to make sure I had a nice crisp seam and no bubbles.  

Next, I moved onto the top. Again, I made some little slits all around the entire top in case they overlapped at all when they were folded down. They shouldn't overlap on the top but I wanted to give them the flexibility to do so.  

Then I turned down all of the flaps and smoothed them out on the inside of the tin.  

Since I planned on using my tins without any lids, I wanted to finish off the inside and make it look really nice. I cut an additional piece of the decorative contact paper a little thinner than the width of my tin and then used it to line the inside. If you are keeping your tins closed and using the lid, you don’t need to finish off the inside.  

To attach the piece to the inside, I found it easiest to roll it up inside out and then peel the backing off slowly as I stuck it in place. Rolling it up inside out made it much easier to work with in such a small space.  

It was so easy to use the decorative contact paper to recreate my Christmas tins. I love that it can be easily taken off if I ever change my mind as well. I hope that you enjoyed this contact paper DIY idea. Using decorative contact paper is such a great way to freshen up the decor in your home or get organized for the new year. I hope you'll grab some contact paper the next time you're at the store. Just think of all the things you can update!

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