It’s crazy to think that it’s a new year already! Are you still taking down Christmas or have you fully recovered and are moving on to all the resolutions to keep the house cleaner and more organized?
If you’ve been able to hold onto any of your popcorn tins from Christmas, I’m going to show you how to reuse them for the rest of the year. Using this super easy paint technique, you can turn them pretty galvanized metal containers for planters, trash bins, or storage containers for your organizational needs.
If you didn’t keep your popcorn tins, don’t worry, they’re easy enough to find at your local thrift stores and garage sales now that you know you should be looking for them.
In fact, you can take the technique you learn here and use it on any size thrifted containers you come across.
Now that we’ve mostly finished transitioning into our new farmhouse in Tennessee, I’m finding time to craft and decorate again.
I took a bit of a break for about half of the year last year, but I’ll be joining the monthly Thrift Store Challenge again for 2019.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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If you look around, you’ll see that metal planters are everywhere. I just saw this one in Target for $24.99 in the garden department.
You can find the popcorn tins in the grocery stores brand new with popcorn for about $5 and thrifted for half that price or less.
Galvanized Metal Paint Technique
Metallic spray paint (I like the metal look from both the Krylon & Rustoleum brands)
Gray craft paint
White craft paint
Black craft paint
Chip paint brush
Damp cloth or paper towel
Begin by spray painting your tin with metallic paint.
You’ll be using your three craft paints for the next part- gray, white, and black.
Let the spray paint dry completely first. Then, begin by very lightly loading your paintbrush with gray paint, and pounce somewhat randomly over the tin. Don’t cover any one area completely though.
Repeat the process with your white next, then just a dab of the black, blending all three colors as you go.
Use the damp cloth to pounce or rub out any areas that look too heavy.
You can always go back with your spray metallic paint in some spots if you feel like you’ve gone too heavy with the craft paint.
If you’re going to be using yours as a planter, you can use a hammer and nail to poke several drain holes in the bottom.
You can also use this typography technique to add letters and words to label your tins if you want.
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Very pretty! Great idea for an old popcorn tin. Pinning to remember your painting technique!
Awesome Jenny! Let me know if you give it a try, I’d love to know how it goes for you 🙂
Ali B says
I’ve got a popcorn tin sitting in my craft room right now. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but this has inspired me! I think my porch will need a new planter this spring.
Yes! They’ll be perfect on the porch this Spring!
Angela at Simply Beautiful By Angela says
Molly these are sooooo amazing!! They look just like the real thing without the hefty price tag. I am going to try this next time a spot one 🙂
Great, yeah grab one if you see it, and give it a try. This is definitely a budget friendly project compared to buying a planter like it at the store.
I love this idea!! Your planters are gorgeous!
What an amazing transformation!! Popcorn tins can have so many more uses now – I’d never think to use it as a planter!!
Thanks! I wish I’d held onto a few of them I got rid of years ago. They could’ve been used in so many places around the house.
Amanda | Domestically Creative says
Ok this is genius! These planters look amazing–just like galvanized metal!
Thanks Amanda, I’m super happy with how they’ve turned out. I’m on the lookout now for even more, I want to make some for my front porch this summer!
Molly, what a wonderful upcycle! We don’t have pop corn tins here in Germany, but we do have metal tins. I scored a giant Gurken tin several years back and intended to uocycle it. So far it never happened. Maybe now Isco the time.
Thanks Habiba, I’d love to see what you do with your Gurken tin if you upcycle it. I’m glad that these may serve as your inspiration 🙂
Denise Bryant says
These look amazing. Great job on upcycling the popcorn tins. Love them.
These planters turned out amazing! Now I have another reason to buy popcorn tins!
It is a great upcycle. I like your technique in how you painted the popcorn tin to get the galvanized look.
Michelle James says
Wow! I never thought to use popcorn tins. This is such a great idea and what a money saver too!