Five Uses for Empty Popcorn Tins

2nd Jan 2013



The holidays are over, and the goodies are gone. You have a nice, sturdy tin left, and hate to throw it out. It must be useful for something, right? We agree! Here are five new uses for your empty popcorn tins:

  1. Winter warmth kits for your car - fill your empty popcorn tin with extra hats, mittens, scarves, charcoal hand warmers, mylar blankets and a granola bar or two, and stash it in the trunk of your car. When you are out sledding or enjoying a hike in the snowy woods, you will have extra gear to keep you warm and comfortable.
  2. Children's toy storage - your little ones received building blocks, Legos and Lincoln Logs for the holidays - keep them organized (and avoid stepping on loose pieces) by wrapping your empty tin in a cut grocery sack, and letting the kids decorate their new treasure chest!
  3. Pantry organizer - holiday baking is over, and you have partial bags of sugar and flour threatening to leap out of the cabinet, or perched precariously on top of the refrigerator. Roll the tops down and secure with tape, then stack inside your popcorn tin. The tins make a festive barrier to moisture and air that can degrade your pantry supplies.
  4. Care packages for the armed forces - purchase good quality hygiene supplies like toothpaste, hand sanitizer, deodorant, sunscreen, lip balm, socks and letters of support, and package in the tin. (Note - don't mix food and non-food items, or the food will end up tasting like soap!). Contact your local recruiting station for addresses and information.
  5. Donate to your local resale shop - if you don't have room to store it, the charity will sell the tins and reinvest the funds in your community.


And, if all else fails, bring your empty tins to us at Rainbow Confections, and we will refill them at $2 off our regular prices - even if the tin didn't come from our store.