Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An altered tin and punched flower tutorial

Hi Love My Tapes fans, it's Jaclyn here today.  I'm excited to be sharing my first design team project with you - an easy altered tin.  It's just perfect to house all the sweet little barrettes and hair ties I keep collecting for my little girl.  Based on the color scheme of supplies you choose, this project could easily be adapted to give as a gift to a teacher friend or neighbor.  Fill the finished tin with pencils, homemade cookies, store bought chocolates or even a small bouquet of pretty flowers.

Isn't it sweet?!  And the best part is, it's so very simple with the help of a stash of LMT's fabric and washi tapes.  The first step is to gather your supplies, as shown below.

As you can see, I grabbed an old cocoa tin and discarded the lid, for the base of my project.  LMT's pretty striped fabric tape was the perfect element to cover the outside of the tin.  Because of it's opaque nature, the fabric tape completely disguises the text and icons on the original piece. 

My next step was to create some fun embellishments to pretty up the container even further. Reaching for the aqua chevron washi tape was an obvious choice for me, as it would perfectly compliment the colors in my little girl's room.  Making the washi tape flowers was simple.  I first grabbed a scrap sheet of cardstock and layed three rows of tape down, being sure to match up the chevron pattern.  Since I knew that the underside of some of the flowers would show, I did the same thing to the back side of the paper, as well.

I used some of my favorite punches and dies, and punched a slew of flowers from the strips of washi paper, I had just created.

The final step is to layer the flowers and curl up the edges of each petal to provide more dimension. 

Once the flowers are adhered together you can finish them off with a button or enamel dot center.

A small bit of hot glue is the key to adhering your homemade washi tape flowers to the fabric covered tin.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'd love to know if you give this ideas a try.  If you do post a picture to our facebook page and share with us and the Love My Tapes community!


  1. This is too cute and I love that mint chevron tape!

  2. Love this idea! The flowers are fabulous!

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