DIY Chalkboard Cookie Tins

Fun and personalized, these cute cookies tins are easy to make and a great way to use up old, worn tins that are taking up valuable real estate in your storage closet.

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Just call me a pack rat. I don’t like to get rid of anything, especially if it was received as a gift. When we moved last year I did my best to clear out the unused stuff but inevitably, during the purge, my emotions took over. So, I have things that really should have been trashed packed away in boxes in the storage room. Old, dated sweaters, mugs from various cities across the US, a pink tinsel Christmas tree. It’s all there. I will, someday, have yard sale but until that day in the very distant future….I’ll repurpose.

Chalkboard Cookie Tins | The Suburban Soapbox

Thankfully, I saved a bunch of cookie tins. Let’s all agree that they can be pretty valuable and much more practical than a pink tinsel Christmas tree. You can gift a lot of different things in a tin or store tiny, itty, bitty toys. But today, we’re decorating and making them fun for the sole purpose of gifting food. Because food is amazing and everyone likes to eat.

Chalkboard Cookie Tins | The Suburban Soapbox

All you need is some hideous cookie tins that you don’t really love….try to find some that aren’t dented or rusted, a spray can of chalkboard paint and some chalk markers. Go outside and spray the tins with the paint until covered (make sure you don’t overspray or you’ll have drips all over the place, not a good look.) Allow the paint to dry, it will take about 15 minutes. And then decorate using the markers.

Chalk Board Cookie Tins | The Suburban Soapbox

I’m sure there are some of you who are super artistic and will be able to make those beautiful chalk drawings. But I’m not…so there you have it. I can draw like a 5-year-old at best, that is the extent of my artistry. But what I put in that tin….that’s what really matters anyway.

DIY Chalkboard Cookie Tins

Keyword: cookie tins, diy
Author: Kellie
Fun DIY cookie tins are simple to make with just a few tools.
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  • 1 can of chalk board spray paint
  • assorted cookie tins
  • chalk markers


  • Using gloves to protect your hands, hold the cookie tin and cover the tin with paint so it's coated evenly. Allow the paint to dry and then decorate with markers.


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

13 comments on “DIY Chalkboard Cookie Tins”

  1. I love this idea! I’m thinking these tins would be great for storing little odds and ends in my cupboards, too.

  2. Omg, this is so cute. Perfect for a teacher’s gift!

  3. What a great idea because some of the cookie tins I’ve seen and even kept are ugly! This looks easy enough thanks!

  4. This is such a fun idea, I love it! I have a hard time parting with old tins, and yet I never seem to use them for much. This is a great way to give them new life.

  5. What a genius idea!! I am the same way – I can’t throw out something that’s perfectly good – and this is a great way to repurpose the tins!

  6. These tins are super cute!

  7. How cute! I’ve never seen these before!!

  8. So adorable! I love how easy it is to personalize the tins!

  9. What a super cute idea! I love the bright colors. You could do this for any occassion past Christmas, too!

  10. I totally understand the pack rat thing. Although I’m very organized and have everything in its place, I have a horrible time getting rid of stuff. Yes, there might be boxes of my daughter’s childhood toys carefully packed away in the basement. She turned 37 last summer 🙂 And I believe I know exactly where there’s a huge stash of old cookie tins. Sounds like a project to me!

  11. Super fun idea. This would be great for teacher gifts. And something the kids could help with too!

  12. Oh my gosh, these are totally adorable. I have to make some asap.

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