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If you saw my “Coffee Shop in a Box” post, you know that I am not a fan of coffee…but I do love a cup of tea. Usually with a side of cake. Well…let’s be honest…I love cake with or without the tea. But who doesn’t.

I also love vintage tea tins, but they can be hard to come by unless you are a frequent thrift shopper…and even then, they can sometimes be a bit pricey, especially if they are in good condition. If you’re a stamper, it’s very easy to use your supplies to replicate the look of vintage tea tins and create a beautiful project that is perfect for gift giving.

DIY Vintage Tea Tins | Damask Love Blog

To create vintage tea tins, you’ll wanna start out with…uh…tea tins. Obvi. I picked my up from Specialty Bottle (one of my favorite places for gift packaging) and they have a great selection of tea tins that are perfect for this project.

For this project, I used the 3.8″ square tea tin and spray painted it gold to make a more authentic looking tin. The spray paint went onto the tin very easily and dried to a smooth finish.

DIY Vintage Tea Tins | Damask Love Blog

With your tin dry –  you’re ready to add a label, which you’ll want to stamp using any variety of stamps that you wish. I chose floral stamps since those are commonly seen on authentic vintage tea tins.

DIY Vintage Tea Tins | Damask Love Blog{1} For this label, I started by stamping a subtle background using Papertrey Ink’s Tin Types Background Stamp Set.

{2} Next, I added small floral images on top of the background using images from Papertrey Ink’s Simple Jane Stamp Set.

{3} I found that a border on the top and bottom of the label adds a finished look. For this border, I created a border using Chantilly Trim by WPlus9.

{4} Last, you’ll want to add a layered label for the front of the tin. For this design, I stamped that back with Simply Stationery by Papertrey Ink and then added the tea label using Papertrey Ink’s Tea for Two stamp set.

DIY Vintage Tea Tins | Damask Love Blog

DIY Vintage Tea Tins | Damask Love Blog

DIY Vintage Tea Tins | Damask Love BlogThere are plenty of uses for a tin like this, but if you’re creating this for gift giving, you may wanna go ahead and fill it with a few tea bags. You can add a personal touch to the tea bags by removing the tag and adding a handmade tag of your own. I did this by creating a set of tea tags using Clear & Simple Stamps Tea Tags which are part of the newly released Collection 7.

DIY Vintage Tea Tins | Damask Love Blog

DIY Vintage Tea Tins | Damask Love BlogHope you’re inspired to create some vintage tea tins of your own! I love these!


Pink Tea Tin: Papertrey Ink Simply Stationery | Papertrey Ink Tea for Two | Papertrey Ink Simply Jane | Papertrey Ink Tin Types | WPlus9 Chantilly Trim // Yellow Tea Tin: Papertrey Ink Sweet Life | Papertrey Ink Tea for Two | Papertrey Ink Love & Marriage | Clear & Simple Stamps Morning Brew: Tea // Tea Tags: Clear & Simple Stamps Tea Tags | Clear & Simple Stamp Circles Plus

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19 thoughts on “Design Inspired: Vintage Tea Tins

  1. Perfect post for today, Amber 😀 For reasons, I won’t bore you with – this project is very dear to my heart – Thank you !!

    Your tea tins and tags are simply beautiful!

  2. OMG! You are like a crafty diva Amber! Hee! I LOVE this!!!! I am a tea drinker too! Can’t go through a day without it! 🙂

  3. {gasp} I can’t get over the fact that you don’t like coffee!!! These tea tins are so pretty! They would make a beautiful gift!!

  4. OMG my daughter would love these, she is an avid tea drinker. So beautiful, must keep this in mind for a gift for her. Thank you for the great post.

  5. Awesome job, Amber! Those tins are gorgeous. I especailly love the yellow roses.
    I often give tea as a gift. This has me thinking of some great packaging ideas.

  6. Hi! I LOVE your blog! Truly one of the best I have seen. I notice you use a lot Paper Trey stamps. I am wondering how these work and how you apply color and what you are printing them with? Thanks!

  7. I love these so much! I have been searching for pretty tea tins, it never occurred to me that I could simply make my own!

  8. I love how beautiful these look! I’m thinking of making decorative tea tins as wedding favors for my wedding and was wondering what spray paint you used?

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