Don’t Pass Up the Tin Containers!

tin lapel pin feature

Don’t pass up tin containers at garage sales….they can turn into cool lapel pins and are really fun (and fast)  to make.

 

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I got all of these tins at the same garage sale.  Tin is surprisingly easy to work with if you have tin snips.

The Nestle can had three sides with the cutest pictures:

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A PLATE OF TOLL HOUSE PAN COOKIES!

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           A PLATE OF TOLL HOUSE COOKIES!

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OH DEAR, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT TOLL HOUSE PIE!

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THIS TIN LID FEATURED THE HUMMINGBIRD AND PRETTY FLOWERS

 

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These are the tools you need to cut the tin and smooth the edges.  The file works fabulous if you use it flat on the egdes with the tin laying on your table. It flattens any sharp edges.

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These are the cutest lapel pins for foodies!

 

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I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue for the backs

 

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The hummingbird tin lid made the prettiest lapel pins, especially for Spring.  The tin container had 5 little hummingbird squares to make some pendants with some square jewelry findings I already had.

 

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My tin lapel pin collection!

Since my collection will be going to a local shop, I made cardstock labels in coordinating colors.  It is really easy to know where to punch a hole for the pin to attach:  press the lapel pin as it is centered on the label to make indentions for each end of the pin finding.  Then you know exactly where to punch the cardstock and pin on the lapel pin.

 

tin lapel pin feature

These make easy gifts and if you are considering being in a holiday bazaar, I would price them $10.00 each so a $1.50 garage sale purchase could turn into $60.00!  YAY!

 

 

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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