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How to Make Custom DIY Magnetic Tins

Hey there lovers of Tatertots and Jello (the blog not the food…well, sure why not, the food too). Forgive me, I’m a bit silly sometimes… My name is Ursula, and I blog at Home Made by Carmona. I’m falling all over myself with excitement to be here on TT&J today! I’m a homeschooling mom to 3 adorable girly girls, a lover of all things organized (although my house didn’t seem to get that memo), and I’m a bit of a DIY junkie (well you have to be when your decor budget is pretty much pocketbook fumes). 
Today I’ll be showing you how to make custom DIY magnetic tins. Why you ask? Because I say organization should be as beautiful as it is functional, and lets face it…the really beautiful magnetic tins (the ones I drool over on Pinterest) are waaaaaaaaay outside of my price range. So, for those of you whose budget consists of $1/tin, this is for you. Hmmm, it’s also for those of you who simply couldn’t find anything you really loved, or find that perfect hue to match your office…

The best part of creating custom magnetic tins is being able to have tins in your favorite colors! I match each set of storage tins to the colors of the room I’ve decorated. Oh, and how would you like to make your own fabric covered magnet board? Well you can learn how to make a dual magnet & cork board here on my blog.

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Party favor tins: I found mine on sale at a party store at $5 for a 10 pk.  
  • OR Unpainted metal tins: Found at any craft store, usually under $1/ea.
  • OR Small plastic containers: Found at the dollar or craft stores for 50 cents to $1/ea.
  • High gloss spray paint: In your favorite colors, plus Clear spray paint for sealing. 
  • Magnetic adhesive sheets: Look for 8.5 x 11″ sheets, 60mm thick. $9-$15 for a 5-10pk.


Spray Paint

Start by removing any clear plastic window inserts (if applicable). Spray paint your tins with the lid still on…this ensures the inside lip isn’t painted so it will continue to open and close easily. Before each painting session clear your spray can’s nozzle by spraying away from your tins first. Spray in short bursts keeping a little distance so the coverage is thin and the paint doesn’t pool. Allow it to dry completely between coats, and finish with a clear protective coat of paint.

Trace & Cut Magnetic Sheets

You can find 8.5″ x 11″ 60mm magnetic sheets at craft & fabric stores, or (a much easier option) online. I purchased my 5 pack on Amazon for $9 + free shipping.

Make sure the area of circle you are cutting is smaller than the area of the tin’s base. You want to be able to recess the magnet so it isn’t visible. Then simply peel the backing and adhere to your tin.

If you are using the party favor tins with a clear window, then pop the clear plastic window back in place, and you’re ready to store all your little knick knacks! 
Whatever your colors of choice, whatever your room’s decor, you’ll love having storage to match! Oh, and a little trick for the rooms without a magnetic board…cut extra circles to adhere to the surface you want to store your tins. Neat huh?
Who Say’s It Has To Be Metal Tins?
The best part of creating your own custom magnetic tins is being able to think outside the box! Don’t limit yourself to metal tins…use plastic containers, wooden or cardboard boxes of every shape! And yes, that is my refrigerator.
Bring On The Wow Factor!
Be creative with your designs! I love using rub-on transfers, creating spray painted designs, washi tape, and more! You are only limited by your imagination.

There you have it fellow DIY’ers. Perfectly suited to it’s task, easy, cheap, and what a looker! 😉
Thanks for having me here today TT&J!


Thanks Ursula! Those tins are all so beautiful. I love how you can customize them for whatever you need, and the ones inside the fridge are so smart. Ursula has awesome ideas on her blog, Homemade by Carmona. Here are a few of my favorite projects of hers:

Make Creative Accordion fold Business Cards

I love this tutorial for How to Make a Fold-Out Business Card. I love how you can put so much information on them!!

Front Door Paint

And her Front Door Paint Over project will amaze you and probably inspire you to paint your own front door!

Before & After

She has also transformed so much of her house and every room is so inspiring! Just look at this before and after of her Hallway Makeover. If you think her hallway is pretty, you have to check out the rest of her house. It’s seriously gorgeous!!

Urusla has tons of inspiring projects on her blog. I love all of them! I’m thrilled she was here today to share her cute magnetic tins. Make sure to follow Homemade by Carmona and

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  6. chris aka monkey says:

    i follow ursula’s blog and this girl is so talented and will save you tons of money by making gorgeous stuff xx

  7. Wow! What a clever idea! Pinning for sure!
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  8. Thank you again for inviting me to guest post Jen! I had a fantastic time sharing! And thank you for all the love!
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  10. Great tutorial! I wonder if these would work with velcro instead of magnets. For instance, if your workspace is near a computer.
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