Monday, November 23, 2015

Gwen's Gems - Stenciled Spice Tins

Hi everyone, it's Gwen back again this month with another installment of Gwen's Gems! This month, I decided it was time to tackle something from my "As Seen on Pinterest" to-do list. How many of you have one of those? In any case, a while back I found these beautiful painted spice tins on Pinterest. You can buy a beautiful set of 12 - for about $250 (unless the exchange is good!) So yeah... that was a big NO! Instead, that went onto my list of things to try and make myself, and that's what I did this month! With stencils, of course.

I thought this would make a really fun gift - filled with candies, tea, homemade bath products, or even a homemade candle. If you want to make one of your own, here's how I did it.

First, start with some plain metal tins - there are lots of sizes, but these are the ones I used. For painting on metal, there are additives you can use with paint so that it doesn't flake or scratch off. You can also use a metal primer (from the hardware store,) followed by two coats of gesso and then paint. If it's a non-ferrous metal, you can try and get by without primer. If it's ferrous, you probably want an anti-rusting metal primer. I went risky and skipped the primer (since I didn't have any) and started with two coats of gesso and red paint, then I stenciled a base design on using Payne's Grey.
Naturally, I had to use one of my new stencils - this is my new Ornamental Embroidery stencil. Next, I used a paint pen to outline where the stencil design was going to become the base for my flowers and stems - using a stencil doesn't mean you have to use the exact design, it's also a great starting point!
Then, working with just one color at a time, I started with the leaves and stems and painted the different areas. I like to use a few shades of the same color and scumble them a bit to get some shaded effect.
From there, I did the flowers:
I also stenciled the lid with a few shades of purple paint and my new Ornamental Floral Screen stencil. Once all the paint was dry, I coated the whole thing with a layer of glossy varnish. Shiny!
Of course, that's when I decided that it needed dots. Everything needs dots!
Here you can see a bit of the top - the ones I was inspired by just had plain tops, but that's just not very fun.
There you have it - my hand painted and stenciled spice tins. Now it's time to finish the other two! I hope you're feeling inspired to try something like this at home... please make sure to share with us if you do.

Have you ever used your stencils to create something inspired by Pinterest? We'd love to hear about it!

Until next time, happy stenciling!


  1. What a lovely idea! You saved a lot of money, but better than that, you created something that's uniquely your own! Nothing beats that!

    1. Thanks Cecilia! There's definitely something to be said for making your own version - I really love the personal aspect of it :)


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