Saturday, October 23, 2010

Distressed Mini Halloween Treat Tin Tutorial

I'm up bright and early this morning to put the final touches on everything for Justin's birthday party this afternoon, so as promised in last Sunday's blog post, I thought I'd take a minute to go ahead and post a mini tutorial explaining how I created the adorable distressed mini treat tin for Halloween:

Start off by giving your tin two thin coats of rusty orange paint, allowing the paint to dry between coats. (I used Americana brand acrylic paint in Burnt Orange, which I purchased at Hobby Lobby). Once both coats of paint have thoroughly dried, use a small piece of fine grit sandpaper and lightly scuff up paint on the tin. Using a sponge dipped in black and brown ink, sponge over the entire tin and lid to give a worn/aged look to it. (The tin will now look like something that came right out of your grandpa's barn, which is exactly the look you're going for!)

Cut a length of black and white checked ribbon to go around the center of the tin, and tie a simple knot in one end of the ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the tin, securing with glue dots above, but don't attach the knotted tail yet as you'll want it to rest on top of your stamped image as shown in the top photo above. Cut various, staggered lengths of black and white checked ribbon and tie onto the handle of the tin.

Stamp your favorite Halloween images in black on coordinating colored cardstock. (I used CTMH Desert Sand and Terracotta cardstock and the "Beware" stamp set from CTMH as well). Cut out your stamped images and add bitty sparkles from CTMH to the bats to create eyes. Attach images using 3-D dots to add dimension. Using a glue dot, attach the knotted tail of the ribbon that you've wrapped around the tin to the image that you've placed on the front.

Tie a piece of hemp through a green button and fray the ends of the hemp. Attach to the image on the front of the tin using a glue dot or two.  Viola...your cute litte treat tin is now ready to fill with candies, (or a gift card!), to give to your favorite ghost or goblin!

NOTE: Any shape/style of tin could be used for this project...I used a band-aid style tin that I purchased at a while back. Other great online sources for tins are and

Have a fun and safe weekend!


  1. Great distressed look on this tin! Also hope Justin has a great b-day party! Okay, that probably sounded too kiddish for his age! LOL!

  2. Fab! Thanks for joining my Halloween Linky party, I featured your project!

  3. This is beautiful!!! I love the distressed look and all of the ribbon!! Thanks for sharing it over at Frosted Designs!! Hugs!!!

  4. What a brilliant idea! Loved all the instructions too!! Thank you for joining in at frosted designs this week!

  5. Wow!! You're right... looks like it came right from the barn!! I love the orange color you used for this one... and your embellies are perfect!! Thanks for taking on our holiday treats challenge this week at Frosted Designs!!
    barb :)

  6. Fabulous tin!!!! I love the distressing and all the ribbon! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Desings this week!!
    I have an open dt call over at Sketches in Thyme . I'm looking for wonderful card designers!
    Kim xXx

  7. This is such a fantastic little gift! I love the distressing and adorable elements. Thanks for playing along at Frosted Designs! =D

  8. WOW! I am not really a Halloween girl but this is fantastic! Thank you for sharing and for playing at Frosted Designs!


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