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Easter Tin DIY

Easter Tin DIY

With Easter coming up, we wanted to create an alternate to the typical Easter basket. I never had Easter baskets growing up—it was just not something that culturally my parents did or even knew about. So it's kind of a new thing for me getting to think about these fun things for my kids now! Here's a super easy way to decorate plain tea tins and turn them into decorative containers to fill with fun goodies for those you love (or those you at least like)…

Easter Tin DIY

You'll need:
-tissue paper in various colors (we used mint green, pink, yellow, and gold confetti tissue paper)
mod podge
-flat paint brush
-tins of any size or shape (we used these)

Easter Tin DIY

Here's how:

1. To create the abstract patterns, we tore up the pieces of tissue paper in different shapes.

2. Use mod podge to paint the surface of the tin where the tissue pieces will go. Place the tissue on the surface and continue adding more pieces of tissue paper to layer and create a pattern of your choice.

3. Once all the paper is glued onto the tin, paint over the paper with another coat of mod podge. Let dry for 20 mins and add another coat to make sure it's totally sealed in.

4. The fill them with treats for little or big kids alike! 

Easter Tin DIY

The best part is the tins can be reused over and over again for so many magical little things! And kids love containers so the tin itself is a fun piece for them to get to keep their treasures.

{Photos by Casey Brodley. Crafts and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy}


  1. Oh! the colors you picked! Gorgeous! We usually eat chocolate eggs in Argentina but I am sure kids would love to also get a ” goody tin ” 🙂

  2. These tins are so cute. Much nicer (and more practical) than those cheap, gaudy baskets in all the stores.
    When I was a kid we always made Easter boxes for our Easter eggs. My Mum would give my brother, sister and I a cardboard box (usually a fruit box from the supermarket) and we’d decorate it with paint, paper, markers, and anything else we happened to find. I grew up in Australia where Easter falls in Autumn rather than Spring. We’d fill our Easter boxes with pine needles that we collected. Having done this my whole childhood I associate the smell of pine needles with Easter. Now that I live in California it feels so strange to me that there are no pine needles for Easter. However, all the Spring motifs that come with Easter decorations finally make sense!

  3. I love this idea. I have been saving my baby formula cans and I think I might take your idea and tweak it a little to work for what I have around the house. I knew I saved all my tissue paper for a reason too. Thanks for the weekend project inspiration.

  4. I love this! We always did a traditional basket for Easter, but the idea of doing a tin is so fun! I worked at LUSH Cosmetics for five years, and we had a lot of “holiday tin” gifts, and they were always big sellers because people love to keep the tins! I think a special Easter tin (especially a homemade one!) would make such a nice keepsake!
    xo Mary
    Mostly Salty Blog

  5. I love this idea so much! I am working on my daughters first basket now! I also searched high and low for those gem crayons and finally found them at Target!

  6. Easter tins are a great alternative to the traditional Easter basket. The nice thing about these special containers is that they can be used again. Kids love to find special things to put inside them!

  7. My childhood best friends’ mom was super crafty…I remember spending the night at their house once and she came up a similar craft… We modge-podged magazine clippings and pretty wrapping paper onto old cigar boxes. She called them treasure chests. I’m in my 30’s, now, and I still have mine!

  8. These would be so cute for my college friends, because they’re small enough that no one would feel bad about not having gotten you something in return. I’ll have to put them on file for next year, because I’m late to this post this year!


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