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Surprise inside Easter tins

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Looking for a gift with a difference this Easter? These ‘surprise inside’ tins are super easy to make and look really pretty. The reaction of the recipient is the best thing when opening this gift!

Happy Easter tin with sweets inside

Here’s how I made them.
Assemble the materials. You’ll need:

  • Several small tins with a ring pull lid. I used a sweetcorn tin
  • Some large packets of sweets of your choice. I used M&Ms and Cadbury Mini Eggs
  • A glue gun or other super glue
  • A small square or offcut of tissue paper
  • A4 printable labels

raw ingredients

I used the Online Labels Brown Kraft Labels (8 per A4 sheet) as my label background then I printed on my design. Here is a template for you to use or you can create your own on a computer.

Easter labels printable

When you use the tins in your normal cooking, make sure you open the tins from the bottom with a can opener that leaves a safe edge, leaving the ring pull intact. I was sure to tell the family that these particular tins were reserved for my project so when they want to eat the food inside, to tell me so I can open the tin! Tip: Store these tins upside down in your cupboard so no-one forgets that they are reserved for your craft project!

When the tins are empty, wash out and allow to dry completely.

clean empty tins

Then, fill the tins with the sweets of your choice.

fill tins with treats

Next, add some tissue paper on top of the sweets so that they don’t touch the lid area which is going to be glued.

add tissue paper to top

Now use your glue gun to stick the lid in place. Once applied, I used some tins from my cupboard to weight the lid down.

weight lid down

Once the glue is fully dry, turn the tins the right way up (with the ring pull at the top) and apply the label of your choice. The brown labels I used from are a perfect size for the sweetcorn tin I used. You could also use this label with a tin the size of a standard ‘Baked Bean’ tin, just position it centrally.

Now simply decorate the ring pull with some ribbon or wrap some ribbon around the top of the tin.

Surprise tins collage

Would you make this gift? What would you put inside your tin? Let me know in the comments below!

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Comments to Surprise inside Easter tins

  • They are amazing! I honestly thought from the first picture they were from a gift company. I would be filling mine with the crispy M&M’s and like you have done mini eggs. That are so cool and I bet the recipients will love/loved them! x

    Zara 24th March 2016 10:10 am Reply
    • What a compliment! From a gift company – that has made my day! Thank you.

      Nadine Hill 24th March 2016 5:18 pm Reply
  • oh my goodness what an absolutely amazing idea!! defo going to try this x

    angela hamilton 24th March 2016 6:17 pm Reply
  • Great idea Nadine! My Daughter is obsessed with suprise eggs so i could make her Dad some surprise tins. And any excuse to use my new glue gun i got for my birthday xx

    Mary Louise 24th March 2016 7:14 pm Reply
    • haha I wanted to use my glue gun too!

      Nadine Hill 29th March 2016 11:56 am Reply
  • So clever! I have never seen something like this before, but love how effective it is. Would be a great gift for any time of year really. Love it.

    Sarah Ebner 24th March 2016 8:41 pm Reply
    • Yes- definitely a great gift for any time of year!!

      Nadine Hill 29th March 2016 11:56 am Reply
  • I LOVE this idea. So fun and I can see many uses for these. I am going to save my tins now!

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 24th March 2016 8:46 pm Reply
    • I know- I was saving my tins for this project and had a little stack next to my desk!

      Nadine Hill 29th March 2016 11:56 am Reply
  • What a fab idea – would never have come up with that – love it!

    Sonya Cisco 25th March 2016 8:54 am Reply
    • Thank you:-)

      Nadine Hill 29th March 2016 11:57 am Reply
  • Brilliant idea, sure that’d be a real winner with everyone!

    Stephs Two Girls @stephc007 25th March 2016 11:40 pm Reply
  • What a lovely idea – I did wonder how you first kept the ring pull in tact before I read it

    Kara 26th March 2016 1:35 pm Reply
    • Ah-ha, the big secret! Easy when you know how!

      Nadine Hill 29th March 2016 11:57 am Reply
  • What a brilliant idea Nadine – Genius!

    I wish I’d read this sooner but I’ll remember for next time x

    Cass@frugalfamily 27th March 2016 12:55 pm Reply
    • They’d be fab for teacher gifts at the end of year too!

      Nadine Hill 29th March 2016 11:58 am Reply
  • Oh I LOVE these, what a brilliant idea! Might have to try and do this for my little ones birthday!

    Globalmouse 28th March 2016 12:58 pm Reply
  • Ooh love this idea. And so much easier than I anticipated. x

    Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours 28th March 2016 4:09 pm Reply
  • This is such a great idea, thanks for the tutorial. I just need to ditch my old ‘inside cutting’ can opener and splash out on a new one. I have cans and a glue gun just begging to be used.

    Kelly @ Plots Plans & Parenthood 15th April 2017 9:14 am Reply
    • You’re welcome! The can opener I use really is great – it won’t cut your fingers or leave sharp edges. Your glue gun will thank you for it!!

      Nadine Hill 19th April 2017 9:44 am Reply

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