January 09, 2019 3 min read 26 Comments

No matter what your new year’s resolution is, getting more organized will help you set your intentions for 2019. By decluttering your home, you are creating a less stressful environment that will help you focus on your priorities for the year ahead. But don’t run out the store for storage bins just yet. You can organize your home using items you already have (ahem, Harney tea tins, ahem). Read on to learn how you can upcycle our tins to create a home you’ll love.

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Store Baking Supplies

Baking cabinet always a mess? Dump your baking supplies into new containers and create labels like  Cook for Real Connect for Real did and take control of the chaos. Not only are our tea tins stackable, but they were created to keep your teas fresh, so you don’t need to worry about your baking supplies going bad.

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Image via  Cook for Real Connect for Real

Recipe Card Holder

If you’re like us, you have tons of old family recipes on small bits of paper that you can’t bear to part with. Gather them up and pop them in your favorite Harney tea tin. Have more than one tin you need to reuse? Separate your recipes by appetizers, mains and desserts and place them in different colored tins.

Vintage Tea Candle

Stop creating more waste every time you buy and finish another candle. Create your own candles in a Harney tea tin like  Sweet Cayenne to use in your own home or give as gifts.

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Image via  Sweet Cayenne

Floating Tea Tin Organizers

Can’t find your scissors? Always on the hunt for a working pen? Join the club. Keep your office, craft room or kitchen organized with these floating tea tin organizers from  Lines Across and store all your necessities in one spot.

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Image via  Lines Across

Refrigerator Herb Garden

There is nothing better than using fresh herbs in your dishes. If you’re like us and the windowsills in your kitchen are already overcrowded with plants, you’ll love this  magnetic herb garden idea from HGTV. Not only is it super easy to create, it also makes use of wasted space in the kitchen.

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Image via  HGTV

Portable Sewing Kit

We’ve all been there. You’re heading to an event and a button pops off your shirt or you get a small tear in your blouse. Fill your Harney tins with, needles, safety pins, a small pair of scissors, extra buttons and different colored threads and keep it in your car so you’re prepared for any clothing malfunction that may come your way.

Tea Tin Pendant Light

We love the thought of making a sweet pendant light for a nursery or playroom like  4FLighting did with this vintage cookie tin. All you need is a tool to cut metal, a pendant light kit, light bulb and a couple swag hooks and voilà!  

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Image via  4FLighting

Qtip, Cotton Ball & Makeup Brush Holders

Keep your brushes clean and in pristine condition and store them in your favorite Harney tea tin like  M Loves M. Have a couple more tins laying around? Store your cotton balls and Q-tips in them. You’ll be happy you don’t need to keep replacing your brushes and your significant other will be happy your things aren’t straying into their territory on the bathroom counter.

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Image via  M Loves M

Gift Boxes

We love reusing Harney tins as gift boxes for smaller items like gift cards or even homemade cookies and candies. You can wrap them in paper and tie with a bow or even spray paint them with chalk paint and draw new designs on them for each occasion like  The Frugal Girl.

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Image via  The Frugal Girl

Refill Your Tins

Finished your tea? Don’t throw away your tin! Buy the same tea in  bulk bags of 50 sachets or  1 pound bags and refill it instead of sending it to the dump. We like to avoid creating waste as much as the next guy, so please consider this option when you are deciding whether you should keep or toss your tins.

Have a unique way you reuse your Harney tins? Let us know in the comments below and check out some of our favorite reads below to start your new year off on the right foot:


26 Responses

Delayna Goins
Delayna Goins

January 30, 2019

I have so many tins! They are too pretty to throw away. As a teacher, I have reused them to store art and classroom supplies, as vases for Mother’s Day gifts, and yes, even for making candles! At home, we store makeup and makeup brushes, storing screws, nails, drill bits and even extra batteries. And they also make attractive displays on a bookshelf. Of course, they are used to stash refill sachets whenever we need to order more awesome Harney & Sons Tea!

Carol Tangarone
Carol Tangarone

January 30, 2019

My mom was the coffee drinker of our family but I learned to drink tea from my dad. My Mom & Dad traveled when i was younger and collected tea pots and loved the loose tea my dad always brewed. It was so special loved it ! They went to different countries to get tea and the pots. That’s why I love your tea.

Cynthia Pemberton
Cynthia Pemberton

January 30, 2019

I made christmas ornaments by wrapping them up like presents. They looked great on the mantle and other spots here and there not so obvious.

Pat Dewey
Pat Dewey

January 25, 2019

These tins are the perfect size for small floral arrangements. I have used Cinnamon Spice for Thanksgiving and Holiday Tea for Christmas.

Sally Essig
Sally Essig

January 23, 2019

I buy my tea by the pound and when my three or four tins of Scottish Morn are empty I refill them with the loose tea and I ‘m good for a couple of more months.

Allen
Allen

January 21, 2019

These tins are excellent for storing pipe tobacco!

Carolyn Lowe
Carolyn Lowe

January 21, 2019

I use my tins to store business cards, and also assorted sewing supplies—snaps, elastic by sizes, needles and more. The tins are too good to throw away. Loved the idea of covering with craft paper and using in the kitchen.

Ladykaren
Ladykaren

January 21, 2019

I find small glass vases or jelly jars to sit inside and use as fresh flower vases/centerpieces. Great little hostess gift filled with fresh flowers from your yard!

Janice
Janice

January 21, 2019

I can see a great craft year in 2019! I save many sizes of tins with great plans for them. Then life intervenes…I will get my game on with the great suggestions! When I was growing up, my mother had many beautiful Japanese works of art in our home. It wasn’t until I grew up and really took a look at the pair of table lamps with brass bases that were on mahogany tables in our living room. The center was two tea tins stacked one on top of the other. The tins were identical, and the entire tin, including the lid, was embossed with many colors and gold accents. I hadn’t thought about my “adult” discovery in years. Guess who’s giving “tea tin lamps” for gifts this year!

Anna Gray
Anna Gray

January 21, 2019

I use Harney tea tins to organize my pantry cabinet, as I have a lot of spices and small cooking supplies. I have also saved two large bags of regular tea tins and making a dining table out of them. The empty octagon tea tins I sell to people on eBay to use as storage containers.

Arie M
Arie M

January 21, 2019

I wish you sold more tea in 4oz or 8oz bags so we could reuse the tins to hold … tea!

Nina Garrett
Nina Garrett

January 21, 2019

I’ve been sewing all my life, so now I keep buttons in my tea tins, labeled as to material (wood, mother-of-pearl, etc.); I also keep the little paper envelopes that come with extra buttons for new clothing items. I keep little stacks of seam bindings and other notions on hand in tins. The tins I can’t use (those these tips will reduce that amount!) I give to thrift shops so others can do the same.

Cheryl
Cheryl

January 21, 2019

I reuse my tins for more tea, and I also put my smaller painting supplies in them. I buy from independent artists, and they have a lot of little items that can easily be lost or damaged. The tins are perfect to hold the tiny paint pans.

Joyce
Joyce

January 21, 2019

Love these ideas! I use my old tins in the garage for storing small random items like nuts & bolts, screws, nails, etc.

Nancy Cummings
Nancy Cummings

January 21, 2019

We have a women’s tea at our church each spring and we have used my tins to make floral centerpieces for each table, and then one lucky person gets to take it home. I must admit I am sad to see the tins go, but it just means I have to collect more for the next time!

Sonya
Sonya

January 15, 2019

I saw this idea in an old magazine: for a Christmas tea table, cluster 3-4different Christmas tea tins filled with flowers for the centerpiece!

Melindasue
Melindasue

January 14, 2019

I use my tinsel to store jewelry, particularly bracelets. I find them very handy for packing my jewelry when heading out of town.

Kim
Kim

January 11, 2019

I am a teacher. My classroom is filled with Harney and Sons Tea tins. They hold crayons, markers and glue sticks throughout our room. I love them because they don’t tip over!

Lynn Karegeannes
Lynn Karegeannes

January 11, 2019

I have used Harney & Sons tea tins as planters for houseplants. See photo and directions here: https://my-tea-diary.blogspot.com/2017/04/tea-craft-tuesday-tea-tin-planters.html

Debbie
Debbie

January 11, 2019

The tin is great for taking quarters, laundry pods and dryer sheets to the laundrymat.

MJ Seibert
MJ Seibert

January 11, 2019

Teachers sometimes can find uses for the tins.
A tin in a child’s desk or backpack could secure loose or pointy items. Crushable snacks would ride securely.
Extra dog treats or extra shopping bags/poo bags could be color coded by flavor or task. Quick retrieval of the required items with insider information.

Karen
Karen

January 11, 2019

What great ideas! I do like to refill my tea tins – which means you need to make Tower of London available for me to do this! But these are excellent ideas I haven’t yet tried, aside from the pencil holder.

Carol Bisig
Carol Bisig

January 11, 2019

I like to store my Double-A & Triple AAA Batteries in my tins. I know exactly where they are during Hurricane Season! I have many battery operated candles, inside of Lanterns; much safer than real candles in the heat of summer! Thank you for showing great ideas!
Carolintallahassee

Christeen Bowers
Christeen Bowers

January 11, 2019

I’m using my old tins by turning them into toys for my grandchildren. I put different magnets inside the tin and paint different backgrounds to put the magnets on. They end up with four different scenes to imagine a story with the magnetic characters. I found the little magnets at the thrift store.

Lacey
Lacey

January 11, 2019

As a tea addict & Harney tea lover, cute tins included, this is probably exactly what I’ll do! But I didn’t think up all these ideas myself, so thanks for the creative options.

Katherine B Lyle
Katherine B Lyle

January 11, 2019

Loved your ideas for using empty tea tins. They are so pretty I hate to toss them.

I love the peach ginger tea – a real special treat!

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