How To Make Faux Box Tins

I don’t know if you have seen these ah-mazing SyuRo tins floating around Pinterest, but I have been drooling over them for quite a while now.

Sadly, they will NEVER EVER  grace my home because, well, the price tag gives me a heart attack. And I’m afraid doing a knock-off out of actual tin material isn’t quite in my box of tricks yet.
Fortunately, I have managed to make a pretty and glimmery knock-off version that satisfies my desire for those beautiful tins, and doesn’t require mad skill! I shared the tutorial originally over at Remodelaholic, but for those of you who missed it, I’ll be sharing it here on the blog today!

Faux Tin Box Tutorial


If you are an expert gift wrapper, then this project is going to be right up your alley!
All we’re doing is wrapping a wooden or cardboard box in aluminum foil adhesive repair tape, and spray painting it! Simple right?

Here is what you’ll need: (see “Shop supplies” below to purchase online)

  • Aluminum foil adhesive repair tape
  • Varying size boxes (wood is best, but cardboard boxes without bumpy spots is fine too!)
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Clear protective spray paint

Step 1. Cut aluminum foil adhesive

For the cover cut a square that will encompass the sides and be able to fold down to the inside of the lid. For the box base cut a long rectangular strip that will span the sides of the box, and an extra half inch across the top and bottom to fold down to the inside of the box. Again, think of when you gift wrap, you need enough wrapping paper to fully encompass your gift, and having a little left over to trim is better than not having enough!


Step 2. Peel adhesive backing

Be sure to peel the back off slowly, the aluminum is rather thin and can leave bend marks (which you don’t want).


Step 3. Adhere to your box base

Place your box on the sticky part of the aluminum, and slowly roll the box and rub to adhere all four sides. Again, work carefully leave each side free of bumps or air bubbles…you won’t be able to peel it off and stick it again. This is a one time task, but don’t worry! It’s not too hard to do, just commit!
(pssst, if you aren’t satisfied with the job you just did, you can still rip off the aluminum foil and start over, but you’ll have to use a new piece of foil).


Step 4. Trim Excess

Once you have wrapped around all four sides, trim any excess and lay it flat.


Step 5. Cut & fold down the top and bottom flaps

Clip the 4 corners (at the top and bottom) down to the box, and fold them down. This part doesn’t have to be as perfectly smooth since it is the part that doesn’t show. Now you are done with the box base! On to wrapping your cover!


Step 6. Wrap the cover

I’ve pictured the steps for you below, but I’m sure you could have easily figured out how…after all, you are a master gift wrapper! 😀

faux tin - the cover


This is what your final product should look like:


Now Spray Paint! Be sure to remove the cover and spray the two separately inside and out. I love the coppery hue, so that was my pick of metallic reflective spray paint! Seal with a clear coat of spray paint to be sure that your paint won’t scratch.


See? Easy right? And now you have beautiful storage for your office, craft room, or anywhere else in your home you please!




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Looking for materials to make these? You can find cardboard boxes $1/each at your local craft store, and a roll of aluminum foil tape (which will be more than you need!) can be bought at the hardware store for around $16. It comes out to between $2-$5 per knock-off. And you prefer, here are some equivalent materials that can be ordered online!


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I love beautiful storage! I use my little metallic box to store puzzle pieces. Learn how to beautify this wooden box here. This is more than just a storage, you’ll learn my system for storing and keeping track of our family puzzles!



5 Comments on How To Make Faux Box Tins

  1. Amy | Club Narwhal
    October 27, 2014 at 9:51 am (6 years ago)

    This is such a great idea, Ursula! I love how pretty and shiny these faux tin boxes are 🙂

    • Ursula Carmona
      October 27, 2014 at 11:11 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Amy!

  2. Amanda @ Our Humble Abode
    October 23, 2014 at 11:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I need more small storage like I need a hole in my head, but these are fantastic! Such a great use of product and a chic outcome. Totally looks like the original.

    • Ursula Carmona
      October 24, 2014 at 7:37 am (6 years ago)

      LOL! Sounds like might be time to tackle large space storage?? Hahahaha. Thanks, glad you like it!


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