Insta-Tip: Mini Paint Cans

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Instead of a weekend Insta-Style post, I have an Insta-Tip for you.  It is not about style, but a quick and easy DIY tip.

It will be part of the weekend series where I share a simple project for which no tutorial is needed.

I am hoping that the ideas in this series will inspire you to look at everything around you with new eyes and ask yourself…”what if?” to come up with your own Insta-Tip ideas.

Insta-Tip-for DIY decorating

Painting tip making mini paint cans for touch up paint

What do you get when you put a tin can + a pet food lid together?


A simple way to mix and store small amounts of paint for projects.  They become mini paint cans. I use them for mixing DIY chalk paint and they are perfect for storing paint overnight as you wait for paint to dry to add a second coat on a piece. Add a label with the paint color and they become a way to store touch-up paint since the lid seals the can airtight.

I found my lids in the grocery store, but you can find them at pet stores, dollar stores and Walmart. They cover both dog and cat food size cans.

Do you have a clever way to repurpose a tin can?

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  1. Thank you for everything you share that makes our lives easier. I like to save small jars for liquid disposal, however, moving into our new home and painting, I started using the jars to save small amounts of paint to touch up. Hanging pictures for me sometimes requires spackling – hee, hee – unfortunately – jars labeled for each room are my go to. I will plan on now using the tin cans for my outside painting jobs. Judy C

  2. I like to use peanut butter jars to put paint into when I’m cutting in the edges, etc. then I just put the lid on to save the leftovers.

    1. Hi Sandy – Great idea using the PB jars. I have a lot of cans since I had two pets. They sadly have both passed away and my tin can stash is getting smaller. I will start saving the jars now, too.

  3. I like this idea. I’ve been using baby food jars, which also work well. BUT they’re hard to come by these days. I ask a local day care to save them for me. Seems much baby food is now supplied in plastic pop top containers though.

    I label a lot. Have a box of self adhesive labels that I add the formula I used to custom mix paint, shortened to BR for brown, G for gold, W for white, etc.

    Thanks for what you do to make our lives brighter.


    1. Hi Rosie – Labels are the best way to keep everything organized. Great idea to write the formulas on each along with the color. I am so happy to be able to share ideas on my blog. It is my passion. Thanks for reading.