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2/22/2015

Versatile Vintage Tins

Vintage tin planter/vase

Since we've been feeling a hint of Spring in the air here in South Texas, I've been all about vibrant color and florals.  Not that I'm not always about the color and botanical beauty, but it's turned way up right about now. Spring is by far my favorite season, the trees bursting into bloom, the lush new growth, wildflowers everywhere and the sweet scent in the air is My Favorite... Don't worry Northern friends, Spring is under that blanket of snow, just now stretching her arms and gathering her strength. She will arrive with an armful of crocuses and a jug of margaritas soon enough.

Where was I?  Ahh yes...florals, and color and...organization!  After doing a massive New Year purge and organizing spree around here, I'm all about the good looking organization.  In order to keep my new  'a place for everything system'  on track,  I've been separating all the bits and pieces into vintage tins.  Everything from art supplies, to bulk in the kitchen is being tucked into some sort of container.
I just so happened to already have a pretty respectable hoard of vintage tins perfect for this purpose.  I never pass on a beautiful tin in the thrift stores because they just have so many uses. They are usually very cheap and often get passed over, hidden in the stacks of other boring biscuit tins {my little secret}.

Of course you can always find some beautiful vintage tin specimens online as well. When searching, I have a couple of go-to names that manufactured the prettiest patterns back in the day.  Daher tins are my absolute favorite, they have the most colorful and bright floral & chinz patterns.  Ira Anita Wangel of Denmark made sublime modern starburst patterns and mid-century designs. George Horner made some especially covet-able and whimsical designs like the 1950's modern plants in planters tin.


I love using vintage tins to hold homemade cookies at home and for gifts too {especially for the holidays}!  This year I'm going to try out some DIY candles in small vintage tins for some sweet hostess gifts.  The vintage tin just takes an already thoughtful homemade gift to a whole other level of awesome.  Am I right?  Another adorable idea I've been seeing, is using vintage tins as a vase. Just tuck a small glass vessel inside, so the water won't rust the tin. Casual handpicked bouquets of wildflowers suit this arrangement beautifully. They make cute planters for succulents and herbs too. Then again, I would turn everything into a planter if I could. Why not?

You can use them in the bathroom to store cosmetics, in the kids room to store legos and crayons. And to hide your 'stash' like my hippie parents did when I was a kid. The possibilities really are endless. And the best thing is they are pretty close to indestructible which makes makes them a very green choice of packaging that can be used again and again.  What would your creative use for vintage tins be? I'd love to know of more!

xoxo-Andrea

10 comments:

  1. Your Dad and I had the best vintage tin collection known to man when we were young hippie parents!

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  2. known to man or woman...

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  3. What a lovely idea! I remember this purple curry tin I collected after my mum used up the curry when I was a kid! It was such a great colour! I don't know what happened to it though, I must have been about five.

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    1. Sounds lovely! Funny how we can remember things like that isn't it?

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  4. I have a fairly impressive collection of tins, too! I use none for planters.....can't bring myself to do this yet. Many are simply displayed on shelves above windows, bookshelves, etc. Grouped by color. Some hold wrapped bar soaps (hotel-type) in bathroom; some buttons; some safety pins; some hair clips some bracelets. I adore their patterns and can't pass up a good design! I ♥ the ones you show here and see a few of "mine" among your collection!

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    1. I can't sacrifice the old beauties for a planter either! I stick another container inside and fake it! :)
      If your tin collection is any indication- your decor must be fabulous!

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  6. Andrea, colourful tins always attract me, too; beautiful & practical! I have a few: one is for storing my cookies and also for aromatic teas ;), two more are full of beautiful buttons my family has been collecting since... wow, the 50's, i suppose!
    And i'd love to have more eye-catching tins for fancy goods and postcards or may be old b/w photographs, as i'm already planning it. Tins can be very capacious still occupying little space!
    Nice ideas you are giving here too - for bouquets, succulents planting, or as candle holders... And i suspect there may be many more ways of making the tins' best! :)
    xo ❀

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    1. Wonderful idea Zara- to use them to store photos!

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