DIY Popcorn Tin Trash Can [DIY Project]

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These giant tins of Christmas popcorn must go back decades, I can remember munching from them when I was just a tot!  The best part is that after all these years, they’ve remained unchanged, and there aren’t many things we can say that about!  After about two weeks, Brett and I polished off our giant tin of popcorn and were left with this super cute snow man tin =)  I hate throwing out the tins because they are just so practical, although they can’t really be used outside of the Christmas season…So this year, I decided to repurpose my popcorn tin into a chalk finished trash can!

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DIY Popcorn Tin Trash Can


  • one empty popcorn tin (enjoy the contents thoroughly ;))
  • two colors of Deco Art Chalky finish paint (I choose Relic & Refreshing)
  • Deco Art Ultra Matte Varnish
  • paint brush

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Enter, the giant Christmas popcorn tin…

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I used the natural line on the popcorn tin to tape off the separation between my two colors.  I decided to  paint the top of the trash can in Relic and the base in Refreshing.

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First, I painted above the tape in Deco Art’s Relic…

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Then I painted the base in Refreshing…

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I removed the tape, that’s when it occurred to me that I had made a little mistake in taping off the trash can too soon!  I had an open space where the tape was, which I filled in with the Relic.  However, I should have painted the top first, let it dry, then tape over the paint and painted the bottom.  Oh well, happens all the time in crafting!

I achieved the same result by filling in the open area with a little more paint.  Once the trash can was painted, I let it dry for about an hour then gave it a light coat of the Deco Art’s Matte Varnish… check out the finished product!

Of course, since this is chalky finish paint, you can write on it with chalk!

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My DIY trash can will fit perfectly in our home office next to our chalk painted filing cabinet!

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The DIY Popcorn Tin Trash Can is part of our 10 Minute Transformation Series!

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One response to “DIY Popcorn Tin Trash Can [DIY Project]

  1. Thanks for posting how you did this. I’m helping my mom out and she has a mouse issue. As we work to control them I will be using old popcorn tins with lids to seal up trash bits until I take them out at night. Want them to look good and not christmasy. 🙂

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