Friday, March 12, 2010

Frugal tip friday - a frugal tip for your old Tea Tins!

As you probably know, I love all different kinds of tea. A few of the teas I buy come in tea tins, so I have about 4 or 5 that I don't want to toss because I just kept thinking they'd could be useful for something. If you have a few tea tins in your cabinet and want to use them frugally, heres how!

You could use them to hold q-tips in your bathroom. It looks really pretty on a toilet or vanity top.


You could use a tea tin to hold extra pens and markers on your desk.


Or, (and this is my favorite!) you could use the tea tins to hold spices that usually come in ugly bulk plastic containers like these:

and take out the herbs and put them into your tea tins. Remember to wash the tea tin out before using or else you will have an interesting combination of tastes in your spices!  For my spice tins, I found some old vintage cards that I had purchased for 1$ at a bookstore sale, cut out the size that fit the tin and glued the card onto the tin. Next, I cut out a piece of white glossy photo paper (you can use any you like) and wrote the name of the spice, then I just glued that photo paper label to the vintage card on my spice tin. Here's the finish product, enjoy!




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15 comments:

  1. I have so many tea tins. These are all great idea! Thanks for the tips.
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  2. Tip-top tea tips! I just use mine for buttons, these are much better ideas!

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  5. Great ideas!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love how you use them for the herbs. This is perfect for those who grow their own, now they'll have a place to store them. Great idea!!!

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  7. Oh I love the use of tea tins! It really gives a good look to things - I may have to start doing that.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog today :)

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  8. Those aren't just frugal they are clever!

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  9. I LOVE THAT NIC! Those spice holders are soooo adorable! Way to be creative!

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  10. I am stopping by from FF & really enjoy your blog..My GF buys old tins & places them around her kitchen. They add some old charm I have never seen in a kitchen before
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  13. Ahh! You have such cool spice tins, I lvoe this idea!

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  14. Great tip. I love using old tins in my kitchen and bathroom. They look so pretty and I feel bad tossing them out.

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  15. I am also a complete tea addict so I will have to adopt some of these ideas.

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