Upcycle a Tin Box- DIY

Today’s post is about how I have upcycled a chocolate tin box.

I’m sure everyone has  chocolate and cookie tin boxes at home lying around somewhere in the storage hiding behind other boxes or even if they are in use for some reason, I’m not sure how many of them are actually put up on display to be seen by others. So why not upcycle them? Yes, I have decoupaged the box using some lovely and fresh paper napkins. Here is a small decoupage tutorial.

Decoupaged Tin Box

Material I used-

  • A tin box
  • Paper napkins from local shop.
  • Mod Podge from Hobby Ideas
  • White and Yellow sparkling color from Hobby Ideas
  • Foam brush and Flat brush
  • Scissors


  • 1. Paint the tin box  and it’s lid with white acrylic color using a foam brush or a sponge. Simply dab the brush or sponge instead of giving strokes.IMG_20151020_204339_Fotor
  •  Take the paper napkin and remove the top ply of it or the first sheet of the napkin. It is the one having design on it and to be used.


  •  Cut the napkin in four pieces.IMG_20151020_204118_Fotor


  • Apply a layer of mod podge  with a brush only on 1/4th or 1/2 surface of the box lid otherwise it’ll dry.Then place 1 piece of the napkin on it and gently press it with your hand.IMG_20151020_204010_Fotor_Collage



  • Cover the remaining surface of the lid following the same procedure. Make sure there is no space left in between when your pasting the next piece of napkin also cover the edges and sides of the lid. Trim of the excess napkin pieces hanging out from the edges.



I covered the full suface with the napkin because I wanted the pattern and design as it is on my box but if you need particular designs from the napkin then simply cut only those piece and stick them on the box.


  •  When done with pasting the napkin apply a layer of mod podge and cover the full surface of the lid. I used mod podge gloss for a gloss finish.


  • Dab some light yellow color using a sponge randomly on the box. You could use any other color depending on colors of your napkin.IMG_20151020_203534_Fotor_Fotor_Collage



  •  Cut small pieces of napkin and paste them on the box using mod podge in same way as we did on the box lid.IMG_20151020_203407_Fotor_Fotor_Collage



  • Give three coats of mod podge to the full box to completely seal your work and to get a good glossy finish.If needed apply more coats.


  • Let the box dry completely. A pretty box is ready.



By doing this now all my empty chocolate and cookie boxes will find their places in open shelves, now they can be proudly shown off to anyone visiting my home no need to them hide them in storages 😀

Also I can now use them as gift boxes. So yes, I should do this more!

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5 thoughts on “Upcycle a Tin Box- DIY

  1. Renuka

    Wow loved it great idea I will surely try this DIY

    • Raisa

      Do let me know how it turns out ! 🙂

  2. Mansi sanjay gada

    Very nice n thanks for the new ideas..

    • Raisa

      Thank u 🙂

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