Upcycle Tins into Holiday Decor


Hello, G45ers!

 This holiday season don’t throw away those pretty decorative boxes and tins that you receive filled with gifts and treats, instead turn them into something magical. Today on the blog, Cecilia Zertuche teaches us how to upcycle a cookie tin into a gorgeous Christmas Time Home Decor Centerpiece Cecilia shares crafting tip below as well as on her video tutorial, so be sure to watch and take notes.  We wish you all a warm and creative weekend ahead.  


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  Christmas Time invites you to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with festive images of vintage steampunk Santa’s.  Emerald green trees, red holly berry, glittery gold gears, and coal-black trains set the tone for this holiday season.



Holiday Home Decor – Altered Cook Tin

By Cecilia Zertuche


“Hello dear G45ers! I’m so happy to share with you the endless possibilities of altering anything to be a beautiful decorative piece as this metal cookies can that I found in a flea market and now as you can see inside is a beautiful scene made with gorgeous Christmas Time paper collection by Graphic 45. 


For this project I used:

 8” x 8” Christmas Time paper pad

Christmas Time die cut assortments

One square cookies metal can

Black gesso

8 ¼” chain

Tim Holtz thinlits gears # 661184

Mettalique wax by finnabair vintage color

Metal clock by Tim Holtz

Tiny christmas tree by Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz distress ink walnut stain

Gold little beads

tiny led lights in a string

Small white cotton circles

White liquid glue

Strong adhesive

Glossy accents

Hot glue

Leftover acetate pieces

Leftover chipboard pieces (3 mm and 1 mm)



All the space we have inside the can is great to make a wonderful Christmas scene!


Tip:  Use leftover chipboard pieces to stand the papers and also to construct layers.



Tip:  Use the acetate to back up tiny paper pieces as the Christmas ornaments and hang them on the ceiling.



Tip: layering 3 or 4 times the same gear die cut you can make a chipboard decorative piece that also allows you to use it as a base and stick more pieces on it to get more layers.


So my advice is this: play with the stunning Graphic 45 elements and prepare your Christmas decoration!


Video Tutorial: 

Holiday Decor – Altered Tin by Cecilia Zertuche for Graphic 45


Thank you so much.” ~Cecilia










Happy Papercrafting!


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