It was probably one of the most disappointing moments of my entire childhood … and it happened again and again and again. I am sure you can all relate to it.

It was a cold winter night. I was a girl of only six years old and spent the weekend at my grandparents’ house. It was all fun and games until I had this strange feeling in my stomach. I was hungry! And more than that: I was hungry for cookies. So I went on a hunt for the sugary, crispy snacks and soon I should hit pay dirt. A cookie tin hidden in the back of a wooden cupboard. Jackpot! I climbed up the shelf, grabbed the tin and hid behind the sofa. But I would have never expected what happened next. When I opened it, there were no cookies, not even a crumb in sight. All I found was a goddamned sewing kit! At that very moment, my heart broke …

Adulthood = Infinite Cookie Supply

Now I’m a grown woman with my own monthly pay check. So, every once in a while, I go grocery shopping and bring a nice new and filled cookie tin home and I’m already hoarding a little army of empty tins. To be completely honest with you, I also store my sewing stuff in one of them – they’re just incredibly practical … but I’ve still got numerous empty ones at hand, so here’s my idea for a great cookie tin DIY that can even include cookies once finished.

A Cookie Tin Étagère

Empty cookie tins turn out to be the perfect protagonists for a DIY étagère. Here’s what you need:

3 empty cookie tins (trust me, it doesn’t take long to eliminate the contents)

3 candle holders

Glue (the strongest you can find)

One Level at a Time

  1. Start at the bottom! I chose three different-sized tin cans for the classic étagère structure. The biggest one acts as the basis. Mark the middle of the tin can with a sharpie and glue one of the candle holders to the can floor. I chose extra fancy ones, because I love the look, but it’s up to you what you use. You can also use different shapes of the holders for the different levels.
  2. Take the next tin can (the middle size) and glue it on top of the candle holder. It’s a little tricky to find the middle here. A view from above might help you!
  3. Repeat step 1 and 2 with the middle tin. Now you have a three-levelled étagère and the last step is adding a nice handle to the top.

Alternatives: if you don’t want to use glue for your DIY étagère, you can also drill holes through the middle of your cookie tins and join the different levels with screws. There are also beautiful étagère kits that you can buy online.

The cookie tin étagère is the perfect server for freshly baked cookies (store-bought work too, of course), candy or fresh fruits. Definitely an eye catcher for the next time you’re expecting guests, and I promise, they will definitely remember it!










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