Create Custom Magnetic Tins for Storage

Finding custom magnetic tins are tough, finding reasonably priced custom tins are near impossible. Well, never mind, I can make my own for an unbeatable price!
These custom tins cost under $1/each, and I can make them perfectly suited to my space. I couldn’t find any magnetic tins that were the exact size or color I desired…I know, I’m picky, but in my defense I blame it on Pinterest where I saw some gorgeous gold tins for an arm and a leg. I had to have them! Well, a version of them at least, and you know me…

Steps and Supplies

    • 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.


Don’t limit yourself to tins, you can use plastic containers and more! Spray Paint Remove the clear plastic window inserts (if applicable). Spray paint the 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.  Allow it to dry completely between coats, and finish with a clear protective coat of paint.

Trace & Cut Magnetic Sheets You will need 8.5″ x 11″ 60mil magnetic sheets. These are thick enough to securely hold the weight of the tins. The sheets have an adhesive backing that you can easily peel and stick to your tin!

Cut out  small rounds to cover the tin base. 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?


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.

I love all the attractive storage tins! I’ve created quite a few for other rooms of my house as well!DIY Magnetic Tins

Like this

Learn how to make a fabric covered magnetic board here. The best part of this magnetic board? It is half magnetic, half cork…perfect for your new magnetic tins!!


16 Comments on Create Custom Magnetic Tins for Storage

  1. Suzanne
    February 7, 2015 at 8:36 pm (7 years ago)

    Love these! I am always on the hunt for great storage ideas for all those ‘little’ things.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Pieced Pastimes

  2. vanessa
    December 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm (7 years ago)

    Lovely project. My office are the same colors. I love!

  3. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    November 17, 2014 at 11:36 pm (7 years ago)

    These are so beautiful and functional, I LOVE how they turned out and your photos are amazing too!

    • Ursula Carmona
      November 18, 2014 at 6:16 am (7 years ago)

      Thank you Katie! Yeah, I’m one of those people who wants to be practical and organized, but isn’t too keen on the storage item if it isn’t also pretty. Lol! 😀

  4. Leigh Anne
    October 2, 2014 at 8:43 am (7 years ago)

    I love it all!! So glam! Thanks for sharing at Think and Make Thursday 🙂

    • Ursula Carmona
      October 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks for hosting! 😉

      • Karisa | Petite Modern Life
        October 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm (7 years ago)

        I’m with Leigh Anne, I love this! I’ll be pinning it. Thanks for sharing on Think and Make Thursdays 🙂

    • Ursula Carmona
      September 24, 2014 at 8:54 pm (7 years ago)

      Thank you Sarah! Thank you for hosting!! 🙂

  5. Kathy
    September 20, 2014 at 8:50 am (7 years ago)

    I love these tins Ursula. Everything you do is so pretty. 🙂

    • Ursula Carmona
      September 22, 2014 at 9:09 am (7 years ago)

      Aw, thank you Kathy! That is so sweet of you to say!

    • Ursula Carmona
      September 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm (7 years ago)

      Thank you Heather! I’m glad I was able to link up! Thank you for hosting.


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