So, you want to add vintage decor to your home but aren’t sure where to start? Meet the vintage tin. Small (and large) tins that once held anything from baby powder to tobacco are an inexpensive, practical and creative way to incorporate vintage pieces into your home decor. Vintage tins can be found all over the place, from our shops to flea markets. They are a very accessible vintage item and the price ain’t bad either (usually $1-$30, with some exceptions for rare hard-to-find tins).
Vintage tins come in a variety of styles, shapes and colors, which is a big reason why they are so good for decorating. They almost always have colorful labels with eye-pleasing, ornate designs from the days of yore (see above). Another fun feature of vintage tins is the charming and sometimes hysterical wording and advertising copy. Tins from familiar, pop-culture-y brands are especially fun to purchase.
There are literally endless ways to use vintage tins as decor. Some of the most creative ideas we’ve seen are herb planters, fridge magnets, centerpieces and craft organizing containers. It is helpful to keep in mind what you think you will use the tins for while shopping for them. If you plan to use them as containers for crafty items or utensils, it is not such a big deal that they have structural integrity. But, if you want to use them as planters (anything in contact with water) or say, DIY candles, it is important that they do not have any holes or significant rusting on the bottom and sides. Some wear and tear comes with the territory, in fact vintage tins should have some imperfections like small amounts of rust, worn out labels, chips, etc. This will signify age and is a sign you are purchasing the real thing and not a reproduction.
Most importantly, shopping for and decorating with vintage tins should be fun and creative. If you need more ideas about how to use vintage tins, check out our Tinspiration Pinterest board.