Last week I showed you how I covered baby formula tins with fabric. This week I’m showing another way to decorate them, with papier maché and paint.

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What you need:

  • Baby Formula Tins
  • Newspaper, cut into small strips
  • PVA Glue or any other kind of liquid craft glue that dries clear
  • Paint Primer
  • Acrylic and/or Spray Paint

Wash the formula tins with warm soapy water and dry them thoroughly.

Apply some glue on a large area and smooth it out with your fingers (you can use a paintbrush if you want but you won’t be able to use it anymore afterwards, being glue and all).

Lay a piece of newspapers on top and smooth it out. Repeat the process until you’ve covered the whole tin. Let it dry for 1-2 hours and apply another layer of newspaper/glue.

Do as many layers as you like. I did only two as I just wanted to cover the tin enough to be able to paint it, but you could use a lot more and change the shape of the tin.

Once you’ve done all your layers, let it dry for at least 2 hours before you start painting it.

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To decorate, you can simply use spray paint* or acrylic paint. If you’re going with acrylic, apply 1 or 2 coats of primer first (leave 2 hours to dry between each coat) then your acrylic. To finish it off, apply a coat of paint sealer or lacquer.

Tadaa! You have some fun/cute/extravagant tins. It’s a fun project to do with kids too, if you’re looking for something to do during the holidays.

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I’m using mine to keep all my crafty bits and pieces that won’t fit anywhere else but these would also make great money tins. All you’d need to do is to cut a coin-sized opening on the lid. You could also tie a ribbon around them and use them as an alternative to wrapping paper for Christmas gifts.

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*If you’re skipping the papier maché stage and just spray the paint directly onto the tin be aware that the paint will scratch away over time, being sprayed onto a smooth metal surface.