It’s that time of year when we start making plans for our holiday season. Often, that means we have to purge unwanted holiday decor items to make room for new. Over the years I’ve taken a simpler approach to what I keep and what I pass along to someone else. It’s been wonderful to have less to manage, but sometimes I want to keep an item for a different reason. Take this santa tin I found at a local thrift store.
I thought it would bring it home to show what this tin can do outside of the holiday season like I did with these snowman ladles and snowman art. My family and I focus our attention on Christ at Christmas, so santa doesn’t play a role in our celebration. However, I like the shape of this tin and can envision a fun new look that will serve a purpose any time of year. Let’s get started!
First, if you look close, you can see this tin is covered with a paper wrap instead of being decorated metal. I’m going to leave that in place, but first give it a quick clean with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue. Then, I set up to spray a base coat of this Vintage Blush letting cure between two coats. It’s a nice soft pink that suits many decor styles from shabby chic to Boho.
After I let the coats cure, I tape off sections to create stripes and then paint with a white for contrast. I’m a sucker for stripes when it comes to certain projects like this French Provincial Desk.
Next, as soon as the paint cures, I want to make some ooh, la, la happen. I create a graphic for the front. Meanwhile, I use these French napkins I have leftover from this vintage screen makeover.
Last, I use stamps with ink and dark wax to add dimension and age this santa tin makeover project.
OOH, LA, LA
Here’s my sweet tin with a brand new “old” style that has a French twist. eep!
She’s a bit sweet, a bit sassy, and oh so fun! Additionally, I could have went many ways with this. I debated on a basic farmhouse enamelware style with glossy white and black trim and letters that read “BREAD”. Or maybe a fun cat food/dog food design with whimsy.
Items like these also make great gift containers. I envision this for maybe a young mom or bride filled with pampering treats. Or how about that shut-in neighbor who needs a lift with some flowers tucked in? Either way, the possibilities are endless when we roll up our sleeves and give DIY a try.
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