12 Days of Holiday Hybrids – Day 7: Decorated Tins


Welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas here on Deena’s blog!  Are you looking for a quick, easy and affordable gift for a friend, neighbor, co-worker or perhaps your child’s teacher?  Tell that someone special “I appreciate you” by giving him or her a small decorated tin filled with chocolate!

Hi everyone!  I’m LuAnn and I’m very excited to be creating with Deena’s team to bring you 12 Days of Holiday Hybrid.  I’m going to show you how to quickly create a sweet gift for someone sweet!

merry christmas tin

close up tin

I used Deena’s Jolly Holiday papers for my project.  I just love the non-traditional colors mixed with the red and green!  I also used her Hello December Cutting Files and her Hello December Brushes.

drutter_jollyholiday_paper_preview     drutter_hellodecember_dcut_900preview     drutter_hellodecember_brushes_900preview

Additional supplies:

  • Epson Premium Presentation paper Matte
  • computer paper
  • scissors
  • metal nugget tins
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities, dies, punches
  • Big Shot
  • adhesives of choice
  • Hershey’s Nuggets
  • decorative elements of choice like gems, crystals, twine, etc. – dig through that stash I know you have!!!

Let’s get started!!!

To create the band that is around the tin, I printed sheets of the digital papers I wanted to use.  I used the borderless option on my printer so that I will be able to create several bands from one sheet of printed paper.  Each sheet was 8.5″ x 11″ – standard paper size.  Once the paper was printed, I cut it into three strips 2.5″ x 11″ long.  This will give me three strips that will be long enough to wrap around and overlap at the back of the tin.  I will have two extra strips of paper for two additional tins.

Next, I decided on how I wanted to decorate the fronts of my tins.  I knew I wanted to use one of the fun Christmas tree shapes in Deena’s Hello December Cutting Files so I opened the shape in Photoshop, duplicated the shape for a total of 3 trees and clipped a different paper to each tree.

I opened the Merry Christmas banner and used the dropper tool to pull a dark green from the striped paper I was using.  I flood-filled the banner with the green and added a slight drop shadow.  Then, I added a layer below the banner and flood filled that layer with the cream color Deena used in her papers so that everything coordinates.  I also knew that I wanted to use my Spellbinders Nestabilities dies to cut the main panel for my tin so I created two squares with my marquee rectangle tool and filled one with the same green and cream color that I used for the banner.

Once I had everything planned and layed out in Photoshop, I printed it and cut the pieces apart.  I left a thin, cream-colored border around the Merry Christmas banner so that it stands out once everything is assembled.  This is what my canvas looked like:


In Photoshop, I printed additional papers on regular white computer paper from the paper pack to use to wrap the nuggets inside the tin.  I cut the printed paper into 1″ x 3″ strips.  I attached each paper strip around a nugget using my adhesive tape runner.  Center the paper strip on the front of the nugget and wrap around to the back.

Each tin holds 12 nuggets.  Sometimes I like the look of having all 12 wrapped with the same paper and other times I like 6 wrapped in one paper and 6 wrapped in another paper.


Note:  You can also print on full sheets of label paper and eliminate the adhesive tape runner.  I did read online in a craft forum a few years ago that the FDA does not allow food items sold at craft shows and such to have nonremovable coverings over the original wrapper due to allergies.  To give as a gift, it’s ok.

I use either a glue dot on the bottom of each of the nuggets or run three strips of the adhesive tape runner in the bottom of the tin to secure my wrapped nuggets.

tin with nuggets

After securing the nuggets in the tin, I started assembling the wrapper.  First, wrap the paper band around tin and secure the overlapping paper with adhesive.  You want it snug but also loose enough so that the recipient can slide the band off the tin.

tin wrap

I used my circle and scallop circle die to cut the main panels from the solid green and cream-colored blocks I printed.  Next, I attached the trees and banner using pop dots and adhesive squares for different dimensions.  Once the main panel is assembled, attach it to the band wrapped around the tin.  Add any additional decorations if you choose.

merry christmas tin

close up tin

And there you have it – a sweet, sweet gift ready for the holiday season!

I also made two additional tins – one with a frosty, wintry theme and one with a masculine theme that is perfect for the men in your life.

jingle all the way tin

deer tin

I hope you enjoyed my projects and I hope they inspire you to break out the scissors and glue to create some “sweet” gifts that are sure to be enjoyed by the recipient!  A HUGE thank you to Deena for allowing me to join in on the fun with her team!!!!

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