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DIY mini baking tin lights

I don’t know if you remember the magnets I made out of mini baking tins a while back? I also used them for my rustic owl the other day, but still had so many left over, so today I’d love to show you these DIY mini baking tin lights I made with the rest of them.


Now with Fall finally being here and the days getting shorter bit by bit, I really love having little lights everywhere as soon as it gets darker. I had a string of lights that I wanted to hang on my ladder in the dining room, but didn’t want it to be just that string of lights. This idea is a really simple one that can be done in a short time and on a budget. 


Please note: I used a sharp knife to poke holes into the baking tins, there might be a safer or better way to do this though. I had to be careful not to cut my fingers with the tin, but thankfully I still have them all 😉


Well, I hope my instructions make sense and you can easily follow them. It’s quite a simple little diy and I think the lights look great!

               DIY mini baking tin lights










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  • Sandra Garth
    21/10/2016 at 23:57

    I have this exact set of tins and I’ll admit I never thought of doing this with them. Great idea!

    • Katrin
      22/10/2016 at 08:09

      Oh how cool! I know that you make delicious treats with these Sandra, but in my kitchen, that isn’t happening unfortunately! I wish!!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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      21/10/2016 at 22:31

      Aw Donna, thank you so much for that! I’m so happy this reminded you of your Christmas tree when you were little, that is so cool!

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    • Katrin
      22/10/2016 at 07:45

      Thanks very much Vanessa!

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  • Holly McCall {McCall Manor}
    19/10/2016 at 21:31

    Katrin, these are adorable!!! Love love love!

    • Katrin
      20/10/2016 at 11:47

      Thank you so much Holly!

  • Jenny
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    I have to find some of those tins! I’d love to have lights like these around my porch at night. What an awesome and creative craft!

    • Katrin
      19/10/2016 at 20:21

      Thanks so much Jenny!

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    • Katrin
      19/10/2016 at 20:14

      Thanks Angie!

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    Those turned out so cute, you put the K in Kreativ for sure. I’ll be looking for some of these tins myself 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Waste Not Wednesday link party!

    • Katrin
      17/10/2016 at 21:44

      Aw Thanks so much Toni!

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    16/10/2016 at 17:29

    It is so amazing to me, how you creative women come up with such wonderful ideas!!
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    • Katrin
      16/10/2016 at 22:07

      Thanks so much Jodie!!

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    Katrin, I love the different shapes of the tins, once you’ve painted them they look like flower heads on the lights. What a cool project, and it looks really nice on the ladder.

    I’ve never seen tins like this in the store, I’m going to have to look for some, they are adorable.

    PS I’m glad you still have all your fingers, you’ll probably need them. LOL

    • Katrin
      16/10/2016 at 22:05

      hahaha, yes Nikki, it was kinda tricky to poke the hole through with a knife… They do look like flowers, hey? I think these little tins are super fun to craft with and I can’t wait to see what I’ll do next with the rest…! Thanks Nikki!

  • Virginia
    15/10/2016 at 13:47

    I love this project! I have lots of the little baking tins and am always looking for something different to do with them. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Katrin
      16/10/2016 at 22:00

      Aw I’m so happy that you like this idea, Thank you so much Virginia!!

  • Pili
    14/10/2016 at 23:38

    This is a great idea!! It looks so pretty on the ladder, and it would look great in the girls’ room. Did any of them asked you to keep them for their room? I know mine would love to grab them!

    • Katrin
      15/10/2016 at 09:11

      Thanks friend! They haven’t asked me, no, but that might still come, lol!!!

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    Great idea to use old tins. When I’m done using mine I now know not to throw them away 🙂

    • Katrin
      15/10/2016 at 09:07

      Hahaha, yes, but for a great cook & baker like you, it’s almost a shame to use them like this, no?? In my kitchen it’s probably better to use them as decor, lol!! Thanks Jas 😉

  • Keri
    13/10/2016 at 14:15

    Katrin, this is such a great idea!! I love these lights, so fun! I like them draped on the ladder. You are getting a lot of uses out of the baking tins, which is fantastic. Glad you you got to keep your fingers. 😉

    • Katrin
      13/10/2016 at 21:46

      Thank you Keri! These baking tins are so much fun to craft and DIY with!

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    What a very creative and pretty idea Katrin. You know that I’ve always loved your mini baking tins. But now to do this is super smart and I believe with the white it helps the light reflect even more. They look great on the ladder too !

    • Katrin
      13/10/2016 at 07:11

      Thanks Mary! They look great in the dark actually and the white gives them a vintage look!

  • Lynn Spencer
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    Katrin…I LOVE THESE! I especially love the different shapes and sizes of those little tins. What a great find they were ( I half expect for you to say that you found them in Mary’s basement!) and I know they look beautiful in your dining room.
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    • Katrin
      13/10/2016 at 07:10

      Thank you friend, happy you like these lights, they do look really warm at night! Have a fun week!!

  • Michelle
    12/10/2016 at 16:56

    They looks so incredibly lovely Katrin. Such a unique way of using string lights. I’m curious, how many mini baking tins do you have? I’ve never seen such pretty ones, but then again you’ll never find me in the kitchen aisle 😉

    • Katrin
      13/10/2016 at 07:09

      Michelle, I bought a few packs last year and well, now I still have some left, lol. I found them in the spanish dollarstore 😉 Thanks friend!

  • Ellen
    12/10/2016 at 16:34

    What a sweet little kreation! I love mini lights and will quickly try this for my kitchen shelf above the sink. They can double as a night light and I think the plants will like it too. Thank-you for another lovely post, as always! I love that you take time to share these DIY’s when you must be so busy now. P.S. Thank-you Julia for the saving of my fingers- good thinking!

    • Katrin
      13/10/2016 at 07:07

      Thank you so much Ellen! I’m sure this would look great in a kitchen, now you gave me an idea, lol! And yes, Julia’s tip is so so helpful, don’t use a knife, 😉

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    Oh how pretty Katrin, I love the little lights. You always have simple and fun projects. I bet these look so pretty at the end of the day when the lights start fading.

    • Katrin
      12/10/2016 at 12:56

      Aw Thanks Linda, you’re sweet! They do look great and so cozy!

  • Julia - Vintage with Laces
    12/10/2016 at 09:32

    That’s a wonderful idea and looks beautiful, Katrin. I always use a thick nail and a hammer to poke holes in baking tins. Once the hole is in, it’s easy to enlarge it using a crosstip screwdriver. I think this should be a little bit safer than using a sharp knife unless you hit your thumb with the hammer, LOL.
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    • Katrin
      12/10/2016 at 12:57

      Thanks so much Julia! Your tip sounds way safer than me with that knife, lol! Thanks, I will try it out next time for sure!!!