We’ve gotten very crafty in our house recently, which may in fact be due to summer holidays. Last night though, I finally sat down and did something I think every woman in my family has done since Good Housekeeping started publishing a few centuries ago – I papered some tins.
Seriously, sometime ago during the winter, someone in the house started bringing home tins of wafers, and I couldn’t bear to part with the actual tins. I rinsed them out well and used them for things like Daughter’s colored pencils. After a few months, I got tired of looking at logos of wafers I couldn’t eat on tins which were scattered in plain view around our house, and decided to decorate them somehow. I was finally able to complete my mission when a neighbor brought by a load of scrap wallpaper from her interior design company this past week. Armed with regular old glue and some scissors, Daughter and I cut and pasted, one might even argue wallpapered, our way to pretty tins.
Here are the fruits of our (mostly my) labour:
Obviously, they aren’t perfect, but they don’t need to be. I just wanted to have something slightly more decorative than a plain cookie tin out on our shelves. I am considering working on various other shapes and sizes, if I ever actually needed anything else, but I am fairly satisfied with the result. With a bit more practice, I might be able to turn them into a gift container and fill them with something like soap or sewing notions. The redecorated tins aren’t anything horribly dramatic or earth-shattering, but I was able to turn a bunch of things bound for the landfill into something that we will be able to use regularly – frugal, green, and exactly what every housewife on the Homefront had to do to keep her house presentable.