Upcycling Empty Paint Cans Using Paint Chips

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Upcycling Empty Paint Cans with Paint Chips

Empty paint cans: I’ve been busy repainting a spare room and plan to turn into a craft room. As I result I have a few empty paint cans. A lot of my craft involves repurposing and upcycling the stuff I’ve already got. Therefore I decided to upcycle the empty paint cans into some storage buckets for my craft room.

I thought that it would be fun to upcycle the paint cans into bright colour coded storage by decoupaging them with paint chips/cards. So far I’ve made a blue and a green storage bucket out of my empty paint cans. I love the ombre effect you get with the paint chips and plan to eventually have a rainbow of upcycled paint can storage buckets adorning my craft room shelves.
 
Make some fun craft storage by upcycling your empty paint cans with paint chips.
 
Upcycled empty paint cans with paint chips.  Great colour coded storage for craft room.
 
 
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What you need to Upcycle empty paint tins

 
Upcycled empty paint cans with paint chips.  Great colour coded storage for craft room.
 

 

How to upcycle empty paint tins

  1. Clean your empty paint tins out thoroughly. I only use water based environmentally friendly paints for all my painting so the cans are relatively easily to clean with a bit of hot water. I just chip away any dry paint from the outside of the empty paint tins.
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  3. Spray paint the inside of your paint tin with a colour to match your paint chips.
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    Upcycling empty paint cans by decoupaging with paint chips for an ombre effect
     

  5. To stick the paint chips to the outside of the empty paint tins, I placed glue on both the paint chip and the tin. I stuck them down in the strips going round the can until covered. You may have to trim your paint chips when they meet in the middle.
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  7. When the whole paint tin was covered with the paint chips I then pasted a layer of glue over the top to seal it.

 
Upcycling empty paint cans by decoupaging with paint chips for an ombre effect
 
I’m really pleased with my new handy free storage containers for my craft room. I love the fact that they are colour coded and will be completing my rainbow as soon as I get some more empty paint tins.
 
Empty paint cans upcycled with paint chips for colourful storage or planters.
 
Empty paint cans upcycled with paint chips for colourful storage or planters.
 Empty paint cans upcycled with paint chips for colourful storage or planters.
You don’t of course have to use them just for craft room storage they would also make great planters.
 
Another great thing you can make with paint chips is a paint chip calendar.
If you liked this post you may also want to check out some of my other craft room storage ideas:
DIY washi tape holder
Copper and Denim craft caddy.
Denim Pocket Wall Organizer
 
For more ideas of upcycling crafts visit favecrafts.com
 

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34 Responses

  1. So very creative and a very clever upcycle. Nice job.

  2. Fun, fun, fun as always this idea of yours!

    • Thank you Victoria, I do think they are just a bit of colourful fun.

  3. Well that is super cute and crafty! I would like to invite you to our linky party the Homesteader Hop if you would like to join. https://www.floydfamilyhomestead.com/2016/10/12/the-homesteader-hop-24/

  4. What a neat idea – these would make great storage containers in my workshop. Very nice and I like how you used swatches to cover them..

  5. Super cute idea! Love it!

  6. This is such a fun project Claire. I only ever seem to get the plastic paint cans though :/

    • Thanks, I use Eco paints which come in metal tins for 5l. It may work with plastic tins.

  7. Yet another cute idea, Claire!

  8. brilliant as always claire, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  9. So clever–love it! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinned!

  10. Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW DIY party!

  11. What a fun way to store yarn and fibers!

    Posts like this would be perfect for the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop. We love to see fun upcycles! This week’s hop is live now! http://www.skipthebag.com/2016/10/waste-less-wednesday-blog-hop-101916.html

  12. What a gorgeous effect! I love ombre shading, and the handle also adds a nice touch. Great job! :)Lisa

  13. What a great way to upcycle these old paint cans. They look like so much fun now.

  14. So cute and clever!

    • Thank you very much glad you liked them. Looked at your site, your quilted art is gorgeous.

  15. This is straight from the files of, “waste not, want not”, and I love it!

  16. What a cool idea, I love how you coordinated the pain chips with the color of the paint that used to be in the can! I love it! Thanks for linking up to Waste Not Wednesday Link Party!

  17. Neat idea! Thank you for sharing it at The Crafty Corner link party. I hope to see you there again (new party starts tomorrow at 6 am EST).

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